Black Friday then ‘Lights Up’ for communities this weekend

Jenny Brown gets ready for Christmas Lights weekend at Harbour Treasures in Lossiemouth

LOSSIEMOUTH IS READY to take on another Christmas with the town’s festive light show being sparked into life this weekend.

Local businesses are also aiming to do their bit for the now famous ‘Black Friday’ sales that have spread in recent years from the United States to the UK!

This evening Harbour Treasures is getting the weekend – and Christmas – rolling with their own annual pre-Christmas sale event. The shop jam-packed with gift ideas will remain open from 5pm until 8pm serving wine and nibbles to visitors – and offering a 20% across the board discount on every item in store.

Owner Jenny Brown said: “It is really a fun thing to do and it is always lovely to see all our regulars as well as many new faces through the door at this time of year for our annual pre-Christmas event.

“We discount quite a bit of our stock during the winter months as we clear the way next year’s summer stock – so the additional 20% discount on marked prices represents extra-special value for those looking for quality and value ahead of Christmas.”

Sadly, the snow looks unlikely when lights are turned on this year!
Sadly, the snow looks unlikely when lights are turned on this year!

For those who cannot make it this evening, the shop will continue the 20% throughout the weekend when Harbour Treasures will remain open on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday evening the town is expecting to fill once again for the annual switch-on of the Christmas Lights. Several streets will be closed including Quarry Road, Clifton Road, Pitgaveny Street and Seatown Road for the event, with the funfair ready to go all along the promenade with the lights themselves going on at 7pm.

Roads will close at around 4pm with the festivities continuing into the evening.

Those seeking to really enter into the Christmas mood can take in Elgin’s Christmas Lights switch on earlier on Saturday.

A full day of entertainment in the centre of town starts at 11am and continues through until the lights – this year expected to be bigger, brighter and better than ever – being turned on at 5pm.

It will also be ‘lights up’ time in Forres on Saturday, with a Christmas Market setting things off in the Town Hall from 10.30am.  A ‘Dickensian Christmas’ Craft Fair will be held in the Tolbooth from 12noon while stalls will be set up on the square outside from 2.30pm.

A children’s fancy dress parade leaves from Anderson’s School at 4pm before the lights themselves are switched on in the High Street an hour later.  Local shops and cafes will remain open until 6pm.