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CLARKSTON is feeling a lot more festive this week, because of the now annual Christmas lights switch-on on Saturday.

Thanks to an initiative by the Clarkston business improvement district, Clarkston is the only town centre in East Renfrewshire switching on Christmas lights for the second year in a row.

Clarkston lights

Clarkston lights

The lights are bigger and brighter than last year and there are more seasonal surprises in store for residents in the run up to Christmas, including competitions and a carol service.

Meanwhile, Clarkston’s own Beth Adams is set to feature in a star-studded line up at this year’s lights switch-on ceremony at The Avenue in Newton Mearns.

The 13-year-old singer is currently preparing to compete in the national final of Open Mic UK competition in London after winning heats in Glasgow and Manchester.

Following her performance, comedienne Karen Dunbar and Sleeping Beauty herself, River City’s Lorna Anderson, from this year’s big Christmas spectacular at The King’s Theatre will do the honours.

Lending a helping hand on a Sunday afternoon will be Smooth Radio breakfast show presenters John and Sharon.

The Christmas lights switch-on ceremony is part of a fun-packed afternoon of festivities planned for all the family at The Avenue.

It would be Christmas without Santa, so the big man in red will be making an appearance from 2pm, when he will launch the spectacular snow globe to get the festivities underway.

A balloon modeller will also be roaming throughout the mall during the afternoon.

Michelle McCabe, centre manager at The Avenue, said: “This year our Christmas festivities will be bigger and better than ever before.

“In addition to Santa and Sleeping Beauty stars, our mall mascots Newton and Fearn will themselves be donning specially made Sleeping Beauty costumes and will be dishing out some special festive goodies for the kids”.

The Avenue’s Christmas festivities will then continue every weekend in the run up to Christmas with Santa making a special guest appearance inside the snow globe each Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

n Tickets are already sold out for Glasgow’s christmas lights switch-on in George Square.

Taking place on Sunday November 20 at 4.30pm, Clyde 1 will host the event with performances from Sleeping Beauty star Karen Dunbar, Rock Choir and Scottish ballet.