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The skies above Renfrew came alive with the Christmas Lights Switch-On and a sensational fireworks finale as the countdown to the festive season begins.

Crowds flocked to the town centre on November 25 to enjoy a host of free family activities in Renfrew Town Hall, including Big Top children’s drop in craft workshops.

The event comes as Paisley bids to be named UK City of Culture 2021 and is itself part of the area’s Winter Events programme.

Little ones were enthralled by Ipdip Theatres ‘Ssh, Elves are very shy’ interactive shows andSanta was on hand in his grotto to take Christmas list requests from boys and girls, with his trusty reindeers also proving popular.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir added to the festive atmosphere while Renfrew Burgh Band entertained the crowds with a 30 minute performance.

A funfair added to the excitement while DJ Gus from Pulse FM entertained the crowds from the live outside stage.

A winner of the Provost’s Christmas card competition, school girl Erin Murray from Arkleston Primary was on hand to assist Provost Lorraine Cameron with the big switch on. Provost Cameron said: “It was great to see so many happy, smiling faces at the event and to meet so many local people. The children loved seeing Santa and his reindeer and the fireworks were a really special way to end a lovely event.”



Paisley is the largest town in Scotland. The town  has a rich history; from it’s 12th century Cluniac Abbey, it’s world famous Paisley Pattern Shawls, and its position at the forefront of the Thread Industry all of which brought great wealth and prosperity to the Town, enabling it to build it’s inspiring Town Hall, Museum and Art Gallery, Observatory, Schools and numerous fine Churches.

Paisley is surrounded by many historical towns and villages and is also ideally situated as a gateway to the Highlands and Islands, with Loch Lomond only 20 minutes away and Edinburgh a mere 45 minutes, and with the airport within 2 miles of the centre of Paisley, it really is the ideal base for visitors from near and far.



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