Christmas in Angus

Some of the children from last year's winners, Smallworld in Clerk Street, are pictured receiving their prize from Bill Sturrock, Chair, BRAVO Brechin.

Some of the children from last year's winners, Smallworld in Clerk Street, are pictured receiving their prize from Bill Sturrock, Chair, BRAVO Brechin.

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Communities across the county are gearing up for Christmas with a variety of events to keep young and old alike amused in the run-up to the festive season.

In Forfar, the town is gearing up for the switch-on of its Christmas lights tomorrow (Thursday).

Santa is all set to visit Forfar on Thursday evening.

Santa is all set to visit Forfar on Thursday evening.

Members of the public are invited to attend at The Cross for the annual ceremony which will be made complete by the appearance of Santa Claus and his good lady Mrs Claus and, of course, the elves.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with music by the Forfar Instrumental Band who will also accompany public singing, which will be assisted by a choir from Forfar Musical Society.

Parents are reminded to check their offspring’s letter to Santa to make sure there is a full name and address and that it is legible so that every letter will be answered. Don’t disappoint your child by forgetting to check.

Forfar Rotary members as usual will be organising this community event and have promised that the sleigh will be boasting a new sound system.

Santa will make a further appearance in conjunction with Forfar Rotary when he makes his annual trip around the town, beginning on Monday, December 1.

Rotarians will carry out door to door collections as normal with all proceeds going to charitable causes.

The festive season continues with Forfar Musical Society’s pantomime ‘Mother Goose’ which runs in the Reid Hall from Thursday, December 11 to Sunday, December 14.

The society decided that, following the success of its Saturday matinees over the previous few years, it was time to also offer a Sunday matinee and test the popularity of this with the Forfar public.

Tickets, priced at £8 and £6, are now available from Toycastle and Garlands in Forfar, online at www.forfarmusical.co.uk or from Susan Douglas on (01575) 572109.

Cast members will be joining Santa in Forfar on Thursday as the Forfar Christmas lights are switched on, as well as singing Christmas Carols in Asda on Sunday, November 30 and December 7 from 1 p.m.

In Kirriemuir the town will light up for Christmas with the annual switching on of the lights on Saturday (November 29).

There will be a Christmas Market in the Square from 12 to 5 p.m. with a range of local stall-holders offering information, crafts and goods.

Stalls will be situated on Little Roods and Cumberland Close with music from Forfar Instrumental Band during the afternoon on The Square.

The lights will be switched on at 4.30 p.m .with Santa arriving shortly afterwards

Kirriemuir’s annual panto, which this year is ‘The Snow Queen’ by Ron Hall, will be staged in Kirriemuir Town Hall from Monday, December 1 to Saturday, December 6. Show times are nightly at 7.30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2.30 p.m. Tickets are available from Rainbow Gifts, Cumberland Close, Kirriemuir and are £9 for adults and £6 for concessions although all tickets on opening night will cost £5.

Elsewhere in Angus BRAVO Brechin are set to host their popular Christmas in the City event this Saturday (November 29).

A whole range of events are scheduled throughout the day - including the all important Christmas lights switch on at 4 p.m. by STV news reader Chris Harvey and Santa.

Several venues will be hosting different activities throughout the day. The City Hall will be hosting a Craft Fayre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with teas, coffee and cakes available from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and soup from noon to 2 p.m.

Santa will also be making a highly anticipated return to the town, with a Grotto at Brechin Town House Museum from 12 to 3 p.m., with entry at £3 per child and the option for a picture with Santa, priced at £2.50 for a digital image or £4 for a photo which can be collected the following week from the museum.

There will be a variety of entertainment performances - including musical numbers- during the day on the High Street. The timetable is as follows:-

12 p.m. Brechin Brass Band; 12.20, Brechin Churches Together Choir; 12.45, Thai Chi Demonstration; 1.15, Brechin High School Choir; 1.45, Belly Dancing Performance; 2.15, The Ground We Tread; 2.45, Maisondieu Primary School Choir; 3.15, Lori-Jane Ferries; 3.45, Brechin Panto; 4.10, Brechin Pipe Band.

Church Street will be home to a number of stalls during the event, including face painting, food stalls, toy stalls and traditional farm stalls.

Saturday will also be the judging day of the popular window competition. Business and shops are urged to decorate with a specific theme, and the competition will be judged by Chris Harvey.

The various communities in Broughty Ferry, Monifieth and Carnoustie have been hard at work organising suitably festive events.

The Broughty Ferry lights will be switched on on Thursday, November 27 and there will be funfair attractions, good food and live music from 6 to 9 p.m., with Santa and Lord Provost Bob Duncan throwing the switch at 7 p.m.

Carnoustie lights are switched on on Friday, November 28 at 6 p.m. with live music from Carnoustie High School band and Carnoustie Musical Society, community singing and a visit from Santa. The Monifieth Christmas lights will go on in the town centre car park at 6.30 p.m. on December 4.

The Arbroath lights will be switched on by a member of the community on December 5. The evening starts with a torch-lit procession at 5.45 p.m. from the Abbey which will wind its way down the High Street to Kirk Square.

On St Andrews day (November 30) there will be an official turn-on of the Christmas tree lights in Montrose, organised by Montrose Events. The big-switch on will take place at 4.30 p.m. at The Ball House car park on the High Street. Santa Claus is set to make an appearance for the switch-on of the lights and then, after appearing at the Angus Farmers’ Market the following week, he will be stationed by the tree in his grotto, every Saturday until Christmas Day.

A special post box and forms for letters are available at the Not Just 4 Kidz shop in George Street, Montrose. Raising money for local causes, they cost £3 per letter and Santa guarantees a response to every one. The following weekend, there will be an Angus Farmers’ Market on the High Street, so it pays to get out and about around Angus and enjoy the best of what the festive season has to offer.