Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Saturday November 26th - Christmas Lights switch-on, an all day event - businesses and community groups invited to get involved

Nairn’s Christmas lights switch on is back and the one-day event will include a street market, two craft fayres, street entertainment, live performances and more.

Countdown to Christmas will take place over two locations, the Town Centre and Nairn Community & Arts Centre.

The event is being organised for a third year by Nairn Connects BID and businesses and community groups are being encouraged to get involved.

Nairn BID manager Lucy Harding said: “The Christmas Lights switch on is back and we are so very excited. Last year, we were unable to do the actual switch on due to Covid restrictions, but this year it is back on.

“The switching on of the lights is an important annual event and provides an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the beginning of the festive season. Nairn BID is here to develop these opportunities and to encourage people into the town so that the businesses can benefit and we believe that what we have created will do just that.”

She added: “The event will kick off at 10am with a craft fayre in the community centre until 3pm. This will be supplemented by the Inverness Farmers Market and a crafters corner all along the High Street. The main town centre will be shut to traffic which will enable visitors to browse at their leisure. There will also be performances from community groups, street entertainment including stilt walkers, a circus skills performer and a fire show, a clown, huskies, a Santa’s grotto in the library and of course the all-important lights switch on at 4pm.”

“We are promoting the event on MFR and in Spotlight magazine this year”

“Our previous Christmas events have been a huge success with a great turnout and many businesses benefitting. We really hope that we will achieve this again and already, we have had many businesses coming forward to get involved. There are businesses and organisations such as the Havelock, Uncle Bob’s Bar and the Nairn British Legion who are staging their own events on the day as well, so there will be entertainment well into the evening too.”

Lucy added: “This really is the beginning of the countdown to Christmas and we hope that there is a great turnout from the community to support the local businesses by shopping local and enjoying everything that the Nairn BID team and its many volunteers are putting in place.”

The event will take place on November 26. Full details and timings will be available on the Nairn BID website

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