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Paisley Halloween Festival returns for its biggest year yet – and for the first time ever the entire town centre will be the stage!

The Dark Circus rolls into Paisley on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October 2019 with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the town into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The free two-day spectacular, one of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will cover everywhere from Bridge Street and County Square to the Coats Memorial Church and Shuttle Street, serving up creepy characters and frightening fun at every turn.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will have an extended route for 2019. More than 300 costumed performers including local groups, voodoo acrobats, fire performers and curious creatures, jinxed jugglers and magnificent floats will be led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster to thrilling live music, offering plenty of frights and delights along the way. Don’t miss the Dark Circus Stage on Gauze Street where the ringmaster will be conjuring up spectacular acts from his troupe of possessed performers.

The Saturday will see aerial artists, All or Nothing, perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’ where professional artists will be joined by local performers who will circle and swirl around the haunted carousel suspended over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey. While international fire theatre company, PyroCeltica, will bring their unique performance to the Coats Memorial Church to delight the crowds.

New to the festival this year is the addition of the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in Dunn Square in the heart of the town, the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family. DJs will play a range of floorfillers to the masses covering everything from Halloween favourites to the best of Indie disco, pop and dance classics – making sure everyone gets into the party mood.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic, high-wire walking and hula hoop artists.

There will also be scary movie screenings at Paisley Arts Centre, costume making with sustainable fashion experts Re:Mode, terrifying tales with Village Storytelling Centre and a Halloween Fun Fair.

Julian Bracey, Artistic Director at Cirque Bijou, said: “We are delighted to be working on this year’s Paisley Halloween Festival and to be involved in an event so strongly rooted in the town. We’ve been sourcing the best local talent and working closely with community groups from across Paisley who we’ll be putting centre stage in our Dark Circus parade alongside some of our fantastic professional performers.

“Cirque Bijou specialise in creating unforgettable and exquisitely crafted shows and Paisley Halloween Festival will be no different. We’ll be pulling every trick (and treat!) out of the bag to make this year the most spooktacular yet and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got in store.”

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Paisley Halloween Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in our calendar. Its stellar programme attracts thousands of visitors from across Scotland and beyond each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

“The festival has grown larger each year and this year will see our most ambitious and creative production yet as the entire town will become a circus stage, for professional and community performers to enthral the crowds.

“Events like this are not just great for visitors but for the local economy. Last year’s event was worth more than £1.9m to the local economy as the festival hosted 34,000 people who enjoyed the fantastic parade and captivating performances. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to the town and encourage them to spend local.

“Paisley’s programme of major events has made the town one of Scotland’s key cultural destinations in recent years – and we look forward to building on that national platform with the support of our creative partners like EventScotland who continue to work with us to make this event as successful as possible.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from Event Scotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “EventScotland is delighted to be supporting the Paisley Halloween Festival through its National Events Programme. The festival was a huge success in 2018 as part of the Year of Young People programme, creating opportunities for the town’s young people to be involved in the co-creation of the event while also driving significant economic impact for the local area.

“It is great to see the festival building on this legacy and delivering its biggest programme yet, with aerial performances, workshops, silent disco and the showpiece Halloween Parade, with the exciting addition of Cirque Bijou’s dark circus set to capture the imaginations of both locals and visitors alike.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival and other events please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

The Rubix Cubes

THE festive season may be months away, but it’s never too early to plan a party.

Fun-loving revellers are being encouraged to book early so they don’t miss out on a choice of three fantastic Christmas Party Nights, at Johnstone Town Hall, in December.

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The party nights are being staged by Renfrewshire Leisure and as well as great music to dance to a free glass of bubbly and a four-course meal is included in the ticket price.

The first event features Ultimate Jersey Boys group, on Thursday, December 12, between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

The popular four-piece vocal harmony group will wow partygoers with their brand of musical nostalgia singing hits by artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons along with songs from the Jersey Boys musical.

Early-bird tickets at only £27, plus booking fee, are available before October 30, which is a saving of £3 on the normal ticket price.

The following night, Friday, December 13, between 7pm and 1am, it’s a Back To The 80s Party Night and everyone can look out the shoulder pads for some live entertainment from The Rubix Cubes followed by a DJ set.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

On Saturday, December 14, between 7pm and 1am, a Nineties and Noughties Throwback Party is being held at the town hall. The entertainment comes from Fever Pitch, who are a retro-tastic live band playing all the hits from the 1990s and the start of the new millennium.

Tickets booked before October 30 cost only £30, plus booking fee, compared the normal price of £35.

Chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes said: “Our Christmas party nights are very popular and there has always been a big demand for tickets.

“Before we know it, Christmas will be upon us, so I would encourage people to get their tickets early, whether it’s for a office party or a night out with friends and family.

“And with everything organised to get into the Christmas spirit, they can look forward to a fabulous night of good food, good company and a great night’s entertainment.”

Log on to www.renfrewshireleisure.com/whats-on or call 0300 300 1210 to book tickets for the Ultimate Jersey Boys Christmas Party Night.

Christmas presents

Consumers in Renfrewshire are being warned to stay vigilant for dodgy devices and chargers this Christmas.

With mobile phones, tablets and games consoles often given as gifts or snapped-up in the festive sales, many households across the area will have new electrical items.

Christmas presents

People are being urged only to buy electrical goods from trusted sources as fake equipment often poses safety risks.

Items should be checked for tell-tale signs of counterfeiting including mistakes in brand names or logos or a sub-standard quality of material.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Christmas can be an expensive time for many people so spotting a bargain can seem like a good idea at the time.

“However, counterfeit goods are often of a lower standard and could possibly fail basic safety requirements, which may mean they are prone to overheating and pose a risk of fire.

“The safety of yourself, your family and your home is more important than a few pounds saved so please don’t take any risks when purchasing items for Christmas.

“If the price of an electrical device or charger looks just too good to be true, then it probably is so be cautious and don’t risk it.”

For more information on your rights as a consumer and how to spot when something isn’t right, contact the team via ts.es@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

Braehead Customer Services

BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Edward Reid certainly has got Christmas all wrapped up.

The popular entertainer was helping Children’s Hospices Across Scotland – better known as CHAS – launch their Christmas gift-wrapping service, at the intu Braehead shopping centre.

Braehead Customer Services

The mall has given over space for CHAS staff and volunteers to wrap Christmas presents for shoppers in return for a donation to the charity.

The gift-wrap service is available between noon and 8pm every day from now until December 23 at their workstation in the upper mall between A1 Toys and the Footasylum stores.

Lydia Brown, intu Braehead’s community development manager said: “Getting someone to expertly wrap Christmas presents for you can be a real Godsend at this time of year.

“We provide the paper, sticky tape and colourful bows and when the CHAS volunteers are finished, the presents are ready to go under the tree

“This service will save shoppers lots of time and we hope they will use the gift-wrapping service and make a generous donation to the CHAS charity, which is an extremely worthwhile cause.

“Within minutes of the gift-wrapping desk opening we had lots of people asking the volunteers to wrap presents for them.”

Jonathan Clegg, Community Fundraiser at CHAS said: “As the festive season approaches excitement builds amongst us all as we look forward to spending time with friends, visiting family members and making special memories.

“However this can be a very isolating time for many of the families who use CHAS.  We exists to support families across Scotland who have a child with a life shortening condition and we will not allow Christmas to be just another day for our CHAS families.

“Thanks to the dedicated support of intu Braehead and our festive gift wrap volunteers we can do just that.

“What better way to get into the festive spirit than to have your presents beautifully wrapped whilst helping to create magical memories for families all across Scotland?”

Johnstone Christmas Lights

Johnstone will officially mark the start of the festive season as the Christmas lights in the town are switched on this weekend.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

 

Saturday (1 Dec) will see Houstoun Square transformed in to a winter wonderland with a variety of entertainment to put everyone in the festive spirit.

From 12noon, the Pulse FM DJs will host the main stage – set in the Houstoun Square bandstand – accompanied by a host of local performers including The Logans, Todi and the RockUs Community Choir.

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Santa will arrive in style by vintage fire engine, provided by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Heritage Trust, and will be taking a break from his busy schedule to hear what all the children are hoping to find in their stockings this year. You can find him inside his grotto, run by St Vincent’s Hospice. Don’t forget to say hello to his reindeer friends.

The children’s entertainment doesn’t end there however with free festive face painting and Christmas crafts running all afternoon. Thrill seekers can also take a spin on the funfair rides.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

At 5pm, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will be joined by lucky competition winner, nine-year-old Jonathan from St Anthony’s, on stage to push the button and light up Johnstone for the Christmas period.

Provost Cameron said: “The winter events have all been incredible so far and I can’t wait to bring the festivities to Johnstone.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

“The town will be buzzing all afternoon with Santa making an appearance and lots of entertainment to keep young and old entertained.

“I’m looking forward to turning on the lights with our lucky competition winner and I hope to see you all there for the big moment.”

The lights switch-on is organised by Renfrewshire Council as part of its town centre events programme.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

A quick wander around the main street of Renfrew by Scottish Photography Productions after the Renfrew Christmas Light Switch on tonight and what an amazing injection of colour the town now has, and it does wonders for the look of the town, great job by all involved.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

 

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Scotland’s very own World of Disney also known as Renfrew Town Hall was alive with light as Renfrew welcomed the festive season with the towns Christmas light display being turned on more images of the new lights soon. (Photographs below, taken behind the barrier hence no people)

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Great display by Scotland’s Finest 21CC Group Ltd,  Photographs kindly taken and shared with Paisley.org.uk by Scottish Photography Productions, Renfrewshire

Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrew will shine brighter than ever this Saturday (24 Nov) as the new Christmas lights are switched on for the first time.

The festivities in the town centre kick off at 12pm and there’s a sleigh-load of free family fun on offer to keep even the littlest elf entertained.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrew Town Hall will be busy hosting free face painting, arts and crafts and storytelling with Santa’s elves until 4pm, and you can catch Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre’s performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at 12pm and 1pm.

Santa will be waiting in his grotto to hear what’s on your Christmas list this year – you can find him inside the Christian Fellowship Church until 4:30pm. Don’t forget to say hello to Rudolph and his friends!

Renfrew Christmas Lights

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron will host a carol service at 3pm inside the town hall, featuring your favourite Christmas classics played by Renfrew Burgh Band.

From 3pm-5pm, local performers will showcase their talents on the main stage – hosted by Pulse FM – before the big switch on.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

There’s something for the thrill seekers too, with a funfair located in Charles Avenue car park until 6:30pm.

At 5pm, Provost Cameron will be joined by the winner of her annual Christmas card design competition – 9-year-old Ava from St Anne’s Primary School in Erskine – to turn on the lights and set off the spectacular fireworks display from the roof of the town hall.

Provost Cameron said: “We’re right in the heart of our winter events season and the Renfrew Christmas lights switch on is always a highlight.

Renfrew Christmas Lights

“There’s fantastic entertainment on all afternoon – with carol singing, face painting, Santa’s reindeer and more, finishing with an unmissable fireworks display.

“I’d love to see you all there so come on down to Renfrew town centre on Saturday and start the festive season in style.”

For more information on events in Renfrewshire visit www.paisley.is

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Families enjoyed a full day of free fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on.

She was helped by 11-year-old Skye Thomson, from Paisley’s Heriot Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

paisley christmas lights photograohs 2018

 Earlier in the day, a glittering parade with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus and his reindeers wound its way through the town centre.

Photographs of the Cutkelvins performing on stage before the big switch on was made as well as some photographs around the town taken by David Cameron on behalf of www.paisley.org.uk

More than 27,000 people flocked to Paisley town centre to enjoy this years’ Christmas Lights spectacle.

Families enjoyed a full day of free fun, with Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron carrying out the big switch on. 

She was helped by 11-year-old Skye Thomson, from Paisley’s Heriot Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

 Earlier in the day, a glittering parade with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus and his reindeers wound its way through the town centre. 

Many families got an early start on Christmas shopping with the town centre shops open for business and The Urban Market at Paisley Abbey. 

The main stage featured entertainment from Capital FM DJs Des Clarke, Steven Mill and Garry Spence, with performances from family favourites Funbox, while the Princesses of Pop paid tribute to the music of Ariana Grande and Little Mix. 

X-Factor stars The Cutkelvins entertained the crowds just before the big Christmas countdown. 

Provost Cameron said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the big events in the winter calendar and this year didn’t disappoint.

“It was great to see so many families and young people coming into the town centre to mark the start of the festive season and take part in all the activities on offer. 

“I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a peaceful and Merry Christmas when it comes.” 

The winter event thrills will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 24 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 1 December. 

Paisley First’s WinterFest also opens in the town centre on 24 November and runs daily until December 30, except for Christmas Day.