The skies above Renfrew came alive with the Christmas Lights Switch-On and a sensational fireworks finale as the countdown to the festive season begins.

Crowds flocked to the town centre on November 25 to enjoy a host of free family activities in Renfrew Town Hall, including Big Top children’s drop in craft workshops.

The event comes as Paisley bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021 and is itself part of the area’s Winter Events programme.

Little ones were enthralled by Ipdip Theatres ‘Ssh, Elves are very shy’ interactive shows.

Santa was on hand in his grotto to take Christmas list requests from boys and girls, with his trusty reindeers also proving popular.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir added to the festive atmosphere while Renfrew Burgh Band entertained the crowds with a 30 minute performance.

A funfair added to the excitement while DJ Gus from Pulse FM entertained the crowds from the live outside stage.

A winner of the Provost’s Christmas card competition, school girl Erin Murray from Arkleston Primary was on hand to assist Provost Lorraine Cameron with the big switch on.

Provost Cameron said: “It was great to see so many happy, smiling faces at the event and to meet so many local people. The children loved seeing Santa and his reindeer and the fireworks were a really special way to end a lovely event.”