Festive cheer is in the air after thousands of residents turned out to celebrate a north-east town’s Christmas lights switch-on.
An early Christmas present was delivered to Ellon when the festive festivities began.
Chairwoman of Ellon Community Council’s Christmas lights committee Julianna Gorska said about 2,000 people in the town took part in the festivities on Saturday.
She said: “This is the first year the event was moved from Neil Ross Square to the Riverside car park.
“Since Ellon is a growing town, we wanted a larger space where we can fit everyone.
“We think there must have been about 2,000 people there.”
Kicking off the festivities at 10am, the event saw a variety of entertainment, from a fire performance, Santa’s grotto, local music groups and a closing fireworks show at 5pm.
Julianna added: “Everybody who has been posting on the Facebook page said they really enjoyed themselves – which is the main point.
“We just wanted a family fun day where people could come out and enjoy themselves.”
The town also saw a Christmas craft fair, a number of charity stalls and its annual parade.
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Meanwhile, Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council also celebrated its first-ever Christmas lights switch-on.
Lindsay Davidson, a community councillor who was the driving force behind the plans, said she hoped the event could be an annual gathering for the residents.
The thought originally came to Lindsay when she saw the quality of lights in other areas of the city.
She said: “For our first event I was overwhelmed by its popularity, with more than 150 people attending.
“I think it went really great and it was well attended – a great success.
“During 2016, I as a community councillor embarked on an ambitious Christmas Lights Project with the aim of introducing new festive lighting into our community.
“We had no budget for this project, so I reached out to prominent local businesses and community stakeholders for sponsorship and were truly delighted to obtain sufficient sponsorship to fund our feature lights.
“These are now mounted along the North Deeside Road.”
MSP Maureen Watt and area councillors Marie Bolton and Mohammed Tauqeer Malik attended.
More than 100 people gathered at the Hub Cafe in Cults Kirk Centre on Saturday, where guests enjoyed face-painting, stalls from local businesses and mulled wine.
The community council secured sponsorship from local businesses, including Cala Homes, Bancon Homes and Esker Gin, to deck out 33 lamp-posts along North Deeside Road with festive lights.
Lindsay added: “Entertainment was provided by Chorus of Sweet Adelines – and we even had a Santa arriving in his decorated TukTuk.
“We had stalls featuring local businesses, with Childline also attending – Pantosaurus even delayed his trip back to Glasgow.
“Special thanks to our elected representatives who took time out of their busy schedule to help on the day.
“Also, huge thanks to everyone who volunteered on the day, who without, the event wouldn’t have happened.”