THE festive season officially arrives in Queensferry next Thursday, December 1, with the launch of Christmas in Queensferry.
Preparations are well under way for the event which will begin at 5.30pm with Santa and his sleigh leading the procession of children from Scotmid on The Loan down to the High Street.
All the town’s festive decorations are in place and the programme of events has been drawn up.
At the High Street stage there will be musical entertainment courtesy of the Ferry Finches, Queensferry Community Band, Queensferry Primary School Choir, High School musicians, the Ferry Singers and community carol singing.
There will be a joint Christmas blessing with the ministers of the town’s three churches at 6.50pm prior to the light switch-on at 7pm, which will be followed by a spectacular firework display.
On the High Street, the Ferry Fair bookshop and the RNLI will be serving soup and mulled wine. And there will also be children’s activities within the Rosebery Hall from 4.30pm.
Keith Giblett, chairman of the organising committee said: “This event is organised for the community of Queensferry and we hope that members of the public will come down onto the High Street to attend the launch. Last year, we had to cancel the proceedings due to the weather but we are hopeful that next week’s event will go ahead without a hitch.”
Other festive events include Dalmeny Primary Christmas Fair tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to noon, Echline Primary Christmas craft fair next Friday, December 2, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and the Rotary Carol Service at Queensferry Parish Church from 7pm on Tuesday, December 6.