Coming to Paisley’s Christmas Lights celebrations this year? We want to make your day of festive fun go as smoothly as possible so we’ve taken some time out to answer a few of your most commonly asked questions.

The Event

What time is everything happening?

Paisley’s Christmas Light Switch-On event will run from 12 noon – 6pm on Saturday 17 November. There is a sleigh-load of activities planned in a number of town centre locations. Take a look at our handy event map to get your bearings and a full timeline of the day’s events.

We anticipate another great turn out this year, and expect activity areas to be particularly busy. Please ensure you look after your belongings and keep an eye on young children in amongst the festive buzz. Event staff and stewards will be on hand should you wish to report any issues.

I’m bringing my kids. What activities are available for them to take part in?

At the Town Hall there’s a whole zone dedicated to free, fun stuff like glitter tattoos, soft play, arts and crafts and an Elf meet & greet. Inside Paisley Abbey we’ll have a storytelling igloo; fun fair rides at County Square and live music and entertainment from Funbox, the Princesses of Pop and The Cutkelvins on the main stage.

I’m bringing a buggy to the event. Will there be somewhere I can store this at the Town Hall and Abbey?

We anticipate the Town Hall and Abbey to be particularly popular with families, therefore there will be limited storage space available for prams and buggies. A member of the event team will be on hand in these areas to assist you, but please note that if you choose to leave belongings here you do so at your own risk.

Do I need to book anything in advance?

The majority of activities will operate on a first come, first served basis – our Kids Zone at the Town Hall is always very popular though so you may have to wait in line for certain activities.

Places do have to be booked for our Sensory Safe Space and Chocolate Making Workshops as spaces are limited. Please follow each link to book via Eventbrite.

I always come to Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-On. Is there anything new this year?

The Urban Market is a new addition! Head to Paisley Abbey for original gifts and creative crafts from some of the best artists and makers in Scotland. Don’t forget town centre shops will be open for business too – it’s the ideal date to make a start on your Christmas shopping!

What route will the Reindeer Parade take?

The parade will depart from High Street, turn right down St Mirren Brae, take a left along Orchard Street, then left again on to Bridge Street and into Abbey Close before turning left back up Gauze St to High Street, ending outside the Paisley Shopping Centre.

Is it safe for real Reindeer to take part in the parade?

The reindeer in our Christmas parade are provided each year by the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre. They specialise in the care and development of reindeer and look after the country’s only free ranging herd up in the Cairngorm mountains. Their experienced handlers ensure that it is entirely safe for both the herd and members of the public to participate and watch our reindeer parade. More information on the herd can be found at www.cairngormreindeer.co.uk

What time do the lights actually get switched on at?

The big switch-on will happen at 6pm following a countdown led by Capital FM on the main stage.

 

Accessibility

I have a disability. Where can I park nearby to attend Paisley Christmas Lights?

Please be aware that some roads in and around the town centre will be closed ahead of this event. Blue Badge parking spaces are available at the following locations:

Piazza Shopping Centre, Central Way, Paisley PA1 1EL

Paisley Centre Car Park, Storie Street, Paisley PA1 2AP

Renfrewshire Council car parks (except Bridge St and Renfrewshire House)

Is there an accessible area where I can see the stage from?

Yes, there is an accessible viewing platform available on Gauze Street, opposite Pendulum that is suitable for wheelchair users. Entry to this area is at the intersection of Smithhills Street and Abbey Close and also at West Point Homes. An events officer will be available on site if you require any further support or information.

Where can I find an accessible toilet?

Accessible toilets will be available at:

Smithhills Street

Gauze Street (opposite entrance to Piazza)

Paisley Town Hall car park

My child has additional support needs. What activities can they take part in?

A Sensory Safe Space will be available in the Alexander Wilson Suite at Paisley Town Hall. This will be a quiet space specially created for individuals with ASN and feature arts and crafts, musical instruments and lighting, gentle music and soft seating. Space is limited in this room, please book a place here.

How can I access the Alexander Wilson Suite?

The Alexander Wilson Suite is on the first floor of the Town Hall, accessible via a staircase and lift to the left as you enter the venue. Please be aware that the staircase is quite wide and the lift is narrow, but can accommodate wheelchairs. Stewards and staff inside the Town Hall will help to guide you to the room.

Are there accessible toilets near the Alexander Wilson Suite?

Accessible toilets are situated on the ground floor, on the left as you enter the Town Hall.

Can I see the Christmas Lights Switch on from the Sensory Safe Space?

No, the Christmas Lights Switch On is not viewable from the room. The last session in the Sensory Safe Space will finish at 5.45pm and the Switch On takes place at 6pm.

Facilities

Is there food and drink available at the event?

Yes, there will be a Tea Room open in the North Minor at Paisley Town Hall, plus a food marquee outside Paisley Abbey with sweet treats provided by Ta Ta Bellas. Both will be open 12pm – 6pm. Local cafes will also be open for business too, with Mad Hatters, Bianco Nero and Fairfull all extending their opening hours.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets available at the following locations in the town centre:

Smithhills Street

Gauze Street (opposite entrance to Piazza)

Paisley Town Hall car park

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