PEOPLE dressed in colourful carnival costumes showing the 12 Days of Christmas will take pride of place in Aberdeen’s annual Christmas lights switch-on parade.
The popular event on Union Street will start at 5.30pm on Sunday. It will begin on Alford Place, head down Union Street and finish on Broad Street, with various community groups involved.
Santas on scooters will be leading the parade, followed by Grampian District Pipe Band, Aberdeen Lord Provost George Adam and representatives from charity Instant Neighbour Trust in a vintage open-topped car.
The festive lights will be lit up on Union Street as the parade goes down the road.
The Christmas lights switch-on parade is one of 11 events being held as part of the city’s Winter Festival.
There will be various parking restrictions and road closures associated with the Christmas lights switch-on parade and the Trinity Centre reindeer parade, which is also happening on Sunday from noon.
Between 6pm on Saturday and 6.30pm on Sunday there will be a ban on parking on Albyn Place between Albyn Grove and Alford Place, except for vehicles associated with the Santa parade and the switch-on event.
On Sunday, between 11.30am and 1pm and again from 5pm to 6.30pm, the ban on right turns from King Street onto West North Street will be temporarily suspended, as will the ban on right turns from Union Street onto Bridge Street and right turns from Holburn Street onto Willowbank Road.
Also on Sunday, Albyn Place will be closed between its junctions with Alford Place and Albyn Grove, from 4pm until 6.30pm. From 4.30pm until 5pm, Union Street will be closed between Union Terrace and Broad Street. From 5pm until 6.30pm, the full length of the Union Street, Castle Street and King Street corridor will be closed between Holburn Street and East North Street.
King Street, between East North Street and Castle Street, the full length of Castle Street, and Union Street, will be closed from 11.30am and 1pm, as will Market Street between Union Street and Guild Street and St. Catherine’s Wynd, from its junction with Netherkirkgate and Union Street.
A number of alternative routes will be available.