IN THE WEEK that the first fireworks displays burst in the sky over Moray minds are already (albeit reluctantly in some cases) turning to the Festive Season.
Communities throughout the region are planning to switch on their Christmas Lights – and first to pitch their plans for 2015 is Elgin, reacting this year to criticism that in the past Moray’s heart has not beat with quite as much festive cheer as others!
Following investment in new lights people can look forward to a brighter, better display throughout the city centre – and for the build-up a full day extravaganza is being planned by Elgin BID, with Saturday, November 28 seeing military choirs, music theatre, rock performances and the ever-popular Reindeer Parade.
Proceedings will be opened by the Lossiemouth Military Choir at 11am followed by a primary school parade. Also making an appearance is the Kinloss Military Choir at 12.30 followed an hour later by the Exciles Band.
This year the Reindeer Parade sets out from Johnstons Carmichael at 2pm heading for the Plainstones where the Reindeer – and Santa – will remain on duty until 4pm. As the light fades SE Productions, the Elgin Musical Theatre and Jack and Jill Nursery will provide the entertainment until the lights are switched on at 5pm.
The day will close with entertainment from the ever-popular band Christie Row at 5.15pm.
A spokeswoman for Elgin Bid said: “The day will also give local businesses and the Elgin Farmer’s Market the opportunity to tempt shoppers with festive gifts and offers.
“The St Giles Centre will host a children’s entertainment area and many of the businesses within the centre are opening late that evening to make shopping even easier.”