[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The stars came out to help light up Paisley at the weekend as the town sparkled during its annual free festive party.

Chart-topping boyband Union J were the star attraction as a crowd of 32,000 came out to see the town’s Christmas Lights switched on.

Jaymi, Josh, JJ and George delighted the crowd with hits including Carry You and a cover of It’s Beginning to look a Lot Like Christmas.


They then joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and competition winner Niamh Divers of St Peters Primary in Paisley to push the button to illuminate Paisley town centre.

The crowd at the main stage in Gauze Street had already enjoyed a full afternoon of live entertainment, including a set from Glasgow synth-pop act Prides.

The three-piece kept the crowd going with hits including Messiah and even a cover of Katy Perry’s Roar.

And before that children’s favourites the Singing Kettle had the young ones singing along, with Clyde 1 DJ Gina McKie keeping the crowd going in between acts.

The fun got under way at noon when Santa himself showed up to lead the reindeer parade around the town centre, watched by a crowd of thousands.

Other attractions around the town centre during the day included a snow beach, funfair, children’s entertainers and the Slug in a Bottle market.

The event was organised by Renfrewshire Council as one the flagship days out in its ever-expanding town centre events programme.

And Provost Hall said: “Once again, Paisley shone in the seasonal spotlight.

“The event is now well-established as the centrepiece of the area’s festive countdown, and a popular family day out.

“It is always a pleasure to be a part of something so well-attended and to see enjoyment on the faces of young and old on the day.

“Year after year we find the event brings people into the town from outwith the area, so it is really helping to put Paisley on the map.

“And it’s always great to see the place so busy, with all the benefits that brings for traders.”

The festive fun doesn’t end here, with Christmas switch-on events still to take place in Renfrew (Saturday 22 November) and Johnstone (Saturday 29 November).

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Union J to headline Paisley Christmas lights spectacular.

Chart-topping boyband Union J are on their way to Renfrewshire to headline the area’s annual festive extravaganza.

The four boys will perform in Paisley town centre on Saturday 15 November before the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

They will be joined on the bill by Glasgow synth-pop band Prides and by family favourites The Singing Kettle.

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The event will run from noon and will include an appearance by Santa during the traditional reindeer parade, as well as the Slug in a Bottle market.

The live entertainment on the giant outdoor stage in Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde One DJs throughout the afternoon, before the big switch-on at 6pm.

Union J – Josh, JJ, Jaymi and George – burst into the public eye while finishing fourth on TV’s X Factor in 2012 and since then have racked up three top ten singles.

They will be set to bring their legions of fans to the Paisley event, which usually attracts a crowd of tens of thousands to the town.

Prides will take to the stage after a momentous 2014 which saw them release their debut EP and perform for hundreds of millions worldwide during the closing ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

And ever-popular children’s trio Singing Kettle will help keep the young ones in the crowd entertained earlier on in the day, as part of their farewell tour before their final shows early next year.

Previous headliners have included Tinchy Stryder, The View, Olly Murs and Stacey Solomon.

The Paisley Christmas lights switch-on is part of a programme of major events being laid on by Renfrewshire Council this winter. The cost of the performers will be covered by sponsorship from local organisations.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-on is the biggest event we hold each year and always a great day for families and music fans alike.

“Previous events have brought anything between 30,000 and 40,000 into the town centre, with all the benefits that brings to local traders.

“The council has big plans to use events and culture as the driving force behind a wide-ranging programme of regeneration for the town over the next decade.

“Established events like the Paisley Christmas Lights switch-on give us a solid foundation from which to start, and we want to build on the success of that.”

The 10 to 18 October will see the third annual Spree festival, Paisley’s national arts festival, with a bill of top-notch music, comedy and culture planned. Tickets are on sale now at

Other events in Renfrewshire over the next few months include a brand-new Halloween festival (Friday 31 October), the annual fireworks spectacular (Saturday 1 November) and Christmas lights switch-ons in Renfrew and Johnstone.

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Joe set to bring the X-Factor to Renfrewshire


X-Factor winner and Popstar to Opera Star finalist Joe McElderry will be the star performer at Renfrewshire’s Provost’s Charity Ball 2011.

Joe, who will compete this Sunday in the opera-singing tv show, will help Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson raise funds for local hospices St Vincent’s and Accord by performing at the glamorous event at Mar Hall.

Provost Lawson said: “This will be my fourth charity ball and each year we’ve had wonderful performers but Joe McElderry is definitely our biggest star yet. I loved him on the X-Factor, he has a fabulous voice so I am absolutely delighted he is going to perform at the ball this year.” Read more