Youngsters and business owners are being given the opportunity to get involved in this year’s Countdown to Christmas event which will incorporate the town’s Christmas lights switch on.
Children across Nairn are being invited by Nairn Connects BID, which is organising the event on November 26, to make a Christmas decoration to be in with a chance of turning on the lights accompanied by Father Christmas.
Meanwhile, businesses in Nairn are being encouraged to decorate their windows and shop fronts to ensure the town is a winter wonderland for the big day.
Decorations need to be in place by November 19, and the windows will be judged by STV’s Nicola McAlley with winners being announced at the Christmas Lights Switch on.
Lucy Harding, manager of Nairn BID said: “We are working with Inverness Farmers’ Market and others to bring a great event to Nairn to mark the countdown to Christmas and we want as many people as possible to get involved.
Lucy Harding, Nairn BID manager with the first bauble entry
“We have run the Christmas decoration competition before and it’s always well received. If you are taking part, entries need to be taken to the community centre by November 24. They need to be clearly labelled with a name and contact details. All the entries will be put into a Santa’s hat and a winner chosen.”
Lucy added: “It’s the first time we have done the window dressing competition and the organisers of Inverness Farmers’ Market, who are running our street market on the day, are offering a £50 cash prize to the winner. There will be two runners up prizes in retail and food and beverage categories. They will each receive a Highlands Gift Card to spend in Nairn.
“The shops in Nairn always pull out all the stops and the windows and shop fronts always look spectacular, but we just wanted to add in an extra incentive this year so that windows are ready in time for the big switch on.”
As well as the light switch on at 4pm, the one-day event will include a street market, two craft fayres, street entertainment, live performances and more.
It will take place over two locations, the Town Centre and Nairn Community & Arts Centre.
Full details and timings will be available on the Nairn BID website www.nairnconnects.com