Enjoy relaxed Christmas shopping in Kirriemuir

Linda Shepherd and Liz Ryder all set to welcome customers at Kirriemuir's late night shopping event.

Linda Shepherd and Liz Ryder all set to welcome customers at Kirriemuir's late night shopping event.

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Kirriemuir is gearing up for Christmas in style again this year with the popular ‘late night shopping’ event on Wednesday, December 3.

This is when the magic of Christmas comes into its own, with the town lit up and the businesses and galleries in and around the centre opening late to welcome customers.

As in previous years, most businesses in the town will stay open from 6 until 9 p.m. with many offering customers mulled wine, shortbread and other festive refreshments.

Liz Ryder of Joshua Plumtree Gift and Garden shop said: “Over the years this has become a very sociable event for groups of friends and families who meet up at the beginning of the night.

“This year there will be the St Mary’s Church Carol Singers and Friends who will go round the shops singing a few carols to add a bit of atmosphere.”

The event follows the annual switching on of the Christmas lights which takes place on Saturday in The Square.

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

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Liz continued: “The Christmas lights are always nice for the late night shopping and over the years most of the shops and galleries stay open late.

“It is a lovely social evening and is good for those who maybe work out of town and can’t get to the local shops through the week.”

Among the shops opening late is the Wool and Babywear Shop in The Glengate.

Members of the knitting group, which meets regularly in the store, have again been busy knitting a number of festive items and decorations.

Last year they raised £170 for charity and this year they will again be selling the items, from Christmas stockings to tree decorations, to raise funds for local causes.