The countdown to Christmas is on as Paisley’s ice-rink and funfair opened their doors last night (Thursday 30 November) to kick off a month-long programme of festive activity taking place across the town centre.

The Paisley’s Christmas event is organised by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Scotland’s Theme Park and runs until Saturday 30 December.

And the first skaters have now taken to the outdoor ice rink in County Square – with local community groups getting the first shot on the ice.

The town’s Christmas lights were also turned on as part of the opening night by Provost Lorraine Cameron and Jessica from St Peter’s Primary School, who won the chance to switch on the lights through the Provost’s annual Christmas Card Competition.

Highlights of the month-long programme of events include:

– ice rink and festive outdoor rides in County Square – open selected times Tuesday to Sunday (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day). Tickets can be bought online with discounts available for Renfrewshire residents, students and YoungScot card holders.

– Paisley First’s Christmas Market on the High Street (Saturday 2 December) plus the chance to win prizes through their Golden Ticket competition and Angels and Elves Christmas Trail;

– a free programme of creative craft-making, workshops, storytelling and fun activity for all the family at the Art Department in Causeyside Street (various dates in December);

Check out the website for details of what’s happening where and when.


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