All set to flip the festive switches

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Gazette country will be lit up in festive fashion in the coming weeks as Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie and Monifieth all flip the switches to light up their towns.

Broughty Ferry will get the ball rolling next Thursday, November 24, with the whole of the town centre blocked off for a big street party with live music, fresh food, entertainers and amusements, all arranged by the Broughty Ferry Traders Association.

Then on Sunday, November 27, from 5-8pm, Carnoustie will follow with a revamped and enlarged version of their traditional lights-on event.

A spokesperson for organisers Carnoustie Community Council said: “This year we are looking to hold a slightly larger event, which we hope the community will really enjoy. We will have entertainment from singers, dancers, and a brass band, with Santa attending to meet the children in his grotto. We will also have local craft stallholders attending, a few local food vendors - two of whom are from Food Is Life - and also some children’s rides. We hope there will be a few pleasant surprises for all the family and this year we also have a few High Street stores opening especially for the event.”

At 6pm on Thursday (November 24) Broughty Ferry Traders Association will kick off the action with live entertainment and then the lights will go on at 7.30pm thanks to Oor Wullie and Santa.

Visitors will be able to enjoy fairground rides, street entertainment, music from Barnhill Primary School Choir and Tayside Young Fiddlers and Scotland’s leading ‘Frozen’ tribute act.

BTFA Chair, Steve James said: “The Christmas lights switch-on is great fun way to bring all of our community together to enjoy a good, old fashioned street party. This year the Fort Hotel has added an amazing lights display and The Top Secret Gillies Christmas Window will be their most spectacular yet! There’s always such a great atmosphere and the lights give Broughty Ferry a lovely festive twinkle, literally lighting up the town with the spirit of a Merry Ferry Christmas!”

Monifieth’s lights will stay off until December 2, at 5pm when crowds will turn out for live music by local groups, and hot food and mulled wine in the town square.