Johnstone’s Houstoun Square was a winter wonderland on Saturday afternoon as residents filled the snowy square to see the Christmas lights switched on in the town.

Local acts and DJs from Johnstone Sound kept the crowds entertained from the square’s bandstand, and the funfair offered a series of thrills for those young and young at heart.

There was fun for all the family with the St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas market, face painting and glitter tattoos, street entertainers and a giant snow globe – perfect for capturing those special family memories.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without an appearance from Santa, who was in his grotto to find out what the children of Johnstone are hoping to find in their stockings this year.

At 5pm Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron was joined by competition winner, Amelia from Houston Primary School, to push the button and light up Johnstone.

She said: “It was great to see so many people come along and enjoy the celebration in Johnstone this year. The snowy square really added to the festive cheer and helped get everyone in the holiday spirit.

“Switching on the Christmas lights is a very important job and I’m always glad to have some help. This year I was joined by Amelia and I hope she had a lovely day out with her family.”

There’s still plenty of festive cheer in Renfrewshire with a month-long Christmas celebration running in Paisley until Saturday 30 December.

For more information on Paisley’s Christmas visit


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