Renfrewshire Council

Christmas Lights 2016

Let's light up Paisley!

I can't wait to be part of this year's Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday.

It's one of the favourites in Renfrewshire's packed annual events calendar - and I'm particularly excited as it's the first one I've attended in my role as Provost of Renfrewshire.

All the family fun kicks off at 1pm with storytelling, face-painting and festive games with the Big Top team at Paisley Abbey.

If you're struggling to think of presents to buy for your family and friends, why not stop by the fantastic Slug in a Bottle Market in the Abbey? With over 30 stalls, you're bound to find the perfect gift or Christmas treat for your loved ones.

Don't miss Santa and his reindeer as they lead the ever-popular parade of Christmas surprises, music and festive fun down Paisley High Street at 1:30pm.

Santa will also be opening his grotto at the Paisley Centre after the parade, so get your phones ready for a selfie with the man himself and all his friends.

Make sure you stop by the Live Stage as Clyde 1 DJs will be playing Christmas classics and providing entertainment all afternoon.

The Four-Man Band, presented by Children's Classic Concerts, will also be on hand to provide a seasonal soundtrack - and you'll find it hard not to sing along with the Massaoke band, which will be playing Christmas favourites with the words displayed on the giant screens at the stage.

Irish rockers Ash will turn up the temperature with a headline performance on the Live Stage at 5.15pm before the countdown to the Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm.

I'll be joining schools competition winner, 10-year-old Aleena Albin, from St Peter's Primary School to press the button and light up the town - so make sure you don't miss the big Switch On!

You can get all the information you need, from road closures and transport information to stage times, on the Paisley 2021 website -

Have a great time!


Published 17 November 2017.