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.

Johnstone Christmas Lights

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

 

renfrew christmas lights

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)

renfrew christmas lights

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

paisley christmas lights photograohs 2018

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.

paisley fireworks

We are really sorry to let you know that we are cancelling Saturday’s Fireworks event in Paisley. This is due to severe wind gusts and rain forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend, which make it impossible for us to deliver the event safely.

 

paisley fireworks

We have been monitoring the situation closely and have taken the advice from our display contractor, health and safety and the event advisory group. Paisley Fireworks is one of the highlights of our event year and we know lots of people will be very disappointed.

We want to give local people and all of our supporters as much time as possible to change their plans and we hope to see everyone back in Paisley on Saturday the 17th for our fabulous Christmas Light Switch On. Please take care if you are out and about this weekend.

Paisley Fireworks 2016 MFG

Paisley is set for a special 90s themed fireworks spectacular as the town’s annual display takes place on Saturday 3 November.

Paisley Fireworks 2016 MFG

Thousands are expected to turn out and see the skies above Paisley Abbey light up – and this year’s dazzling fireworks display will be backed by a soundtrack of popular hits from the 1990s.

The display will burst into life from 7pm with organisers recommending Bridge Street, Dunn Square and Gauze Street (section from Smithhills Street to Silk Street) as viewing points.

The funs starts in Paisley Town Hall from 2pm, with a series of free family activities throughout the afternoon – including activity workshops, animation sessions, face painting and a floor paint zone. There’s also the chance to meet cartoon character favourites with Pikachu, Minions, Superman, Batgirl, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell mascots all in attendance.

The 90s themed fun continues with iconic arcade games on the ground floor and a ‘silent disco’ – back by popular demand – for music fans of all ages.

There will also be a host of activity in the town’s County Square with fantastic funfair rides from 2pm.

Capital FM presenters Fat Brestovca and Des Clarke will take to the balcony of Paisley Town Hall for a two-hour live DJ set packed with 90s classics from 5pm before the stunning fireworks display lights up the sky above the Abbey.

Paisley’s winter events programme will continue with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On two weeks later, on Saturday 17 November. The festive cracker will feature entertainment from Capital FM and performances from family favourites Funbox, Princesses of Pop and X-Factor stars The Cutkelvins, as well as the famous Reindeer Parade with Santa and much more.

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.

For more information about Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, visit https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-fireworks-spectacular/