Santa Claus visits Paisley ahead of big Christmas Lights Switch-On

Tuesday 13th November, 2018

It’s his busiest time of year – but Santa Claus has been spotted getting the last bits and pieces he needs for Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-On.

Father Christmas was back in Paisley ahead of the festive extravaganza on Saturday, 17 November and stopped by a few local businesses during his visit.

To make sure he looks his best for the big event, Santa visited a local barber to give his famous white beard a timely trim and popped into Houston Kiltmakers in Paisley for a new belt.

He also found time to enjoy a mince pie and catch up on the local news ahead of the festive cracker, as well as doing a bit of his own Christmas shopping for Mrs Claus.

His reindeer weren’t forgotten about either as he stocked up on armfuls of carrots for his faithful friends.

They will take part in a glittering parade at Paisley’s Christmas Lights Switch-On, along with hundreds of tinsel-clad youngsters and Santa Claus himself, which will wind through the town from 1.30pm.

There will be lots of fantastic activities for children and families from 12pm, including a funfair and storytelling igloo, Santa’s Grotto, face painting and Christmas crafts in the Paisley Centre and a dedicated Kids Zone in Paisley Town Hall.

Those with a sweet tooth will be able to make their very own chocolate Dasher, Dancer, Prancer or Vixen at Lime Tree Larder’s free chocolate making workshops.

Christmas shopping is covered too, with the town centre shops open for business. The Urban Market will also be at Paisley Abbey for the very first time with original gifts and creative crafts from some of the best artists and makers in Scotland.

As well as Santa, there will be entertainment and music from Capital FM DJs Des Clarke, Steven Hill and Garry Spence on the main stage.

There will also be performances from family favourites Funbox, while the Princesses of Pop will pay tribute to the music of Ariana Grande and Little Mix.

X Factor stars The Cutkelvins will play in front of a crowd of thousands before the big switch on at 6pm.

See what Santa got up to during his visit to Paisley in the gallery above.

Then, find out all the details and timings you need for Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On 2018 with our event page below.

I love Paisley right now. There are all these new bars and restaurants popping up and there is such a buzz around the place. Every time something new opens, everyone I know is eager to go and try it out. It has really changed how people feel about the town and made people want to have a night out in Paisley – something that was unheard of a few years ago.

Vanessa Paisley
Fashion designer

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