Stonehaven had its biggest ever start to the festive season last week, with the Christmas lights switch on attracting big crowds.
Residents, businesses and community groups came together for the extravaganza last Wednesday evening, which saw Santa stop by in his sleigh to help switch on the lights. There was also a choir, band music, and over 40 businesses kept their doors open for the late-night shopping event.
The light-up was performed by community council joint planning secretary, Peter Greig, who was aided by Santa who arrived on his sleigh with members of Stonehaven Round Table and a group of local youngsters.
They were joined by representatives of Stonehaven Flood Action Group and the Open Air In The Square committee who will be working together on Hogmanay to help shift the tree to make way for the hugely-popular party starring Scots rock legends, Simple Minds.
Other highlights of the shopping festival included a nativity scene featuring Porridge the donkey who came courtesy of supporters of Brooke - an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules.
Music was provided by the Bon Accord Silver Band, Haven Harmonies choir and a DJ. Stonehaven Rotary Club provided refreshments.
The pre-Christmas event was the brainchild of Stonehaven Business Association who were delighted so many shops, businesses and organisations had joined in.
Businesswoman Chris Stirk of Ma Simpson’s music shop said: “The support from the community has been wonderful and it was a ‘ho-ho-ho-happy way’ to start the festive season.”
On the night, many shops were offering special discounts along with mulled wine, mince meat pies and other festive treats.
The tree was donated by Deeside landowner David Strang Steel and the lights provided by Altens training company, Imorph.