ELGIN’S Christmas tree has been hoisted into place, ready for its lights to be switched on this weekend.
The ceremony at 5pm tomorrow (Saturday), heralds the official start of the town’s festive celebrations.
A day of family activities will take place in the town centre in the lead-up to the switch being flicked. Festivities start at 11am, with more than 40 stalls around the centre offering crafts, gifts and food.
Shops and restaurants across the town will welcome shoppers, while entertainers will perform on the Plainstones throughout the afternoon.
Santa Claus and his reindeer are expected to make an appearance at 2pm, in a parade headed by Elgin and District Pipe Band. The procession is expected to enter the High Street from the west end, with the Cairngorm reindeers scheduled to stay for most of the afternoon.
The event has been arranged by Elgin BID, and organisers hope it will raise festive cheer and provide a fun day out for all the family. Local schoolchildren have been making lanterns and will be present for the switching-on ceremony to help light up the winter festival.