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Date set for Inverness Christmas lights switch-on

By Andrew Dixon

The Christmas tree in Falcon Square outside the Eastgate Shopping Centre. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The Christmas tree in Falcon Square outside the Eastgate Shopping Centre. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Inverness's Christmas lights switch-on event will return on Sunday, November 26.

They festive lights will be turned on by Highland Council at 4.30pm to top off a day of events provided by Eastgate Shopping Centre, Highland Hospice and Culloden Rotary Club.

Details of the activities are thin so far, but there will be a short carol service round the Hospice Christmas Tree in Falcon Square and the switching on of the tree lights.

Inverness Provost Glynis Campbell Sinclair said: “I am very pleased that the Inverness Common Good Fund is again able to provide festive lighting in the city centre which helps to promote the city centre as a shopping and visitor destination. Further, we greatly appreciate that the business community is working in collaboration with our arrangements to provide the best possible offer to all those attending.

“The support to local businesses is vital at this very important trading time of year and the festive cheer of lighting brings joy to the local community.”

Hospice head of income Andrew Leaver said: “Now in its fifth year, the Falcon Square tree is a true collaborative effort. Sponsored by Cairngorm Group and erected and lit with the support of Capstone Construction, Paterson Haulage and the Eastgate Centre, the tree forms the centrepiece of our annual Light up the Highlands appeal.

"This year seeing it lit as the climax to the council’s fabulous street lighting switch-on will add an extra dimension to what is already a treasured part of Inverness’ Christmas celebrations."

Eastgate Shopping Centre manager Chris Kershaw said: "The Christmas lights switch-on will finish off a great day in the centre, with reindeer visiting the centre on Falcon Square and our Santa's grotto open, it will be a great day that will bring some festive cheer to the city."

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