5 things not to miss at Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018

Friday 16th November, 2018

Paisley’s annual Christmas party will get underway on Saturday with a full day of free, family activities for everyone to enjoy.

From music and entertainment to fantastic workshops and a glittering parade featuring Santa Claus himself, there’s so much to take in during the extravaganza.

You can take a full look at what’s on in our event page HERE.

But in the meantime, we’ve picked out five things that you definitely won’t want to miss at Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018.

Reindeer Parade

Look out that Santa hat and join Father Christmas, his reindeer friends and hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters for the popular, annual Reindeer Parade. The parade will set off from Paisley High Street at 1:30pm before winding its way around Paisley town centre. Make sure you’re in position to wave to Santa by checking out our parade map HERE.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa's Grotto

After whizzing around the town centre on his sleigh with his reindeer pals, Santa will welcome families to his Grotto in the Paisley Centre from 2.15pm – 5.30pm. Stop by for a visit and – if you’ve been nice – tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas this year.


Sma’ Shot Cottages

Inside the Sma Shot Cottages

This year’s Sma’ Shot Cottages Christmas Open Day takes place alongside Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch On. Open from 12pm – 4pm, you can enjoy festive baking in the tea room and goodies for sale in the shop before stepping back in time to experience the life of the eighteenth century weaver and nineteenth century mill worker. Find out more HERE. (Link opens in a new browser window)


Urban Market

If you’re struggling to think of a Christmas present for your loved ones, then have no fear – the Urban Market is on hand to help you find the perfect gift at this year’s switch-on. The Urban Market will be at Paisley Abbey from 1pm – 6pm with a wide range of original gifts and creative crafts from some of Scotland’s best artists and makers. From handmade jewellery and clothing items to delicious food and drink, there’s something for everyone – including treats for your pet pooch! Take a closer look at some quirky items you’ll find HERE.


Main Stage fun

Paisley Christmas Lights 2017

There’s plenty of fun to enjoy at the Main Stage on Gauze Street from 1pm. Entertainment and music gets underway with Capital FM DJs Des Clarke, Steven Mill & Garry Spence from 1pm before performances from Funbox (2:30pm), Simply Ariana (3.30pm), Little Mix Magic (4.20pm) and X-Factor favourites The Cutkelvins (5:20pm). Then, you won’t want to miss the countdown to the big lights switch-on at 6pm with Capital FM, Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron and 11-year-old Skye Thomson – winner of the annual Renfrewshire schools Christmas card design competition.

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I regularly visit the Paisley Museum and Art Galleries and Paisley Arts Centre and try to attend as many of the festivals and events in the town as possible... I particularly enjoy Sma’ Shot Day.

Laura Gray

Look back on Santa's recent visit to Paisley

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