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Renfrew gets set for Christmas switch-on

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Renfrew residents are looking forward to some festive fun when the town’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place on Saturday.

The party will take place in and around the town hall all afternoon, with entertainment from noon, leading up to the big switch-on and fireworks finale at 5pm.

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Visitors to the town hall will have the chance to meet Santa, while there will also be facepainters, Christmas crafts and circus workshops.

Pulse FM DJs will be on the outdoor stage from 4pm to provide the tunes and lead the build-up to the lights going on, with a live performance from singer-songwriter Murdo Mitchell.

Outside there will be funfair rides as well as street performers and entertainers including the Snow Queen and Jack Frost, and a snowglobe photobooth for visitors to take photos in.

The main hall will host puppet shows from noon until 2pm and from 3pm until 4.30pm, while a Christmas Carol service will take place from 2 until 3.

The event is taking place as part of Renfrewshire Council’s ever-expanding town centre events programme, which also includes a switch-on in Johnstone on 29 November.

Last week saw 32,000 come out to watch boyband Union J headline the annual Christmas Lights event in Paisley town centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall, who will be in Renfrew on the day to help switch on the lights, said: “It’s always an absolute pleasure to get out and about at these events and meet people.

“We had a great time and a great crowd at the weekend in Paisley, but now it’s Renfrew’s turn to shine in the seasonal spotlight.

“Days like these are always good fun for families, and they also bring a crowd in to our town centres, allowing town centre traders to enjoy the benefits of that.

“I would also like to thank the members of the Renfrew Local Area Committee for making a financial contribution towards the staging of the event.”

For more information, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Union J set to lead Paisley Christmas party

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Paisley is gearing up for a fantastic festive party in the town centre when chart-topping boyband Union J lead the bill at the annual Christmas Lights Switch-on.

The Xmas extravaganza – set to attract a crowd of tens of thousands – takes place on Saturday 15 November and will see a full day of entertainment in the town centre.

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The fun starts at noon with the annual reindeer parade, led by Santa himself, before Clyde 1 DJs get the fun under way on the main stage in Gauze Street at 1pm.

Acts set to appear during the afternoon include children’s entertainers The Singing Kettle at 1.30pm, with the much-loved group on their farewell tour.

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Next up at 3.30pm are Glasgow’s electropop sensations Prides, who have had a momentous 2014, including an appearance in front of a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

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And the headline act will be Union J, who have had three top-ten hits since finishing fourth on the X Factor in 2012, and will take to the stage at 5.30pm before helping Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall switch on the lights at 6pm.

And Union J’s Jaymi Hensley had a special message for his Renfrewshire fans, saying: “We are really looking forward to coming to Paisley.

“We’ve been told it’s always a really fun day so we’re looking forward to doing a big outdoor gig in the town centre for thousands of people.

“And it will be lovely to catch up with our Scottish fans as they’ve always given us great backing.”

Elsewhere in the town centre there will be a snow beach, funfair, Christmas craft workshops, face painting and children’s entertainers, as well as the chance to shop for craft, design and vintage clothing at the Slug in a Bottle market.

The event is being held by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “Over the past few years, Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-on has grown and grown into a massive event – and one which attracts people into Paisley from outwith the local area.

“Our whole events programme is geared towards using our town centres as venues, thus ensuring local traders can soak up the benefits of having such big crowds on their doorsteps.

“This year we have again put together another programme of top-quality entertainment along what is already a winning formula.

“I am sure the event will again be popular so I would encourage people to come along be part of it, we look forward to seeing you there.”

There are two other Christmas Lights Switch-on events still to come locally, in Renfrew on Saturday 22 November and Johnstone a week later.

Residents are reminded there will be a series of road closures in Paisley town centre on the day of the event, and these can be seen at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event

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Festive fun at Renfrew Christmas Lights event.

Renfrew revellers are getting set for a party when the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-on takes place on Saturday 23 November.

The popular annual event is expected to attract a big crowd to the town hall, with a day of family fun and fireworks on offer.

There will be children’s entertainment throughout the day from noon, with stilt walkers, face painters, circus performers and a puppet show.

Santa himself will be on hand to dish out presents to local youngsters in his grotto, while there will also be fun fair rides next to the High Street.

Another highlight will be a concert of traditional carols by the Renfrew Burgh Band.

The big event takes place at 5pm when Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall flicks the switch to light up the town centre, followed by a fireworks display set against the backdrop of the town hall tower.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “The Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-on is another highlight in the area’s festive calendar.

“The day will give Renfrew its chance to shine in the festive spotlight after the event in Paisley a week before.

“Renfrew’s town hall only reopened in 2012 after a £5m revamp, and events like this allow everybody to take advantage of the improved facilities.”

This year’s event will be bigger than before thanks to additional funding of £7,500 provided by the council’s Renfrew and Gallowhill Local Area Committee.

Councillor Eddie Grady, committee chair, said: “This annual Christmas lights event is an important day for the Renfrew community, which is why we wanted to show our support by adding extra money to the budget.

“The event is always well attended and I’m sure it will attract another good crowd on the day.”

Drivers should note there will be road closures for one hour from 4.30pm in the area around the town hall, including parts of Hairst Street, Canal Street and High Street, while the fireworks take place.

The festive fun moves on to Johnstone a week later, with the Christmas Lights Switch-on in Houstoun Square on Saturday 30 November from noon until 5pm.

More information can be found at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/events