Countdown to switch-ons across Midlothian

Carol singing at a past switch-on in Penicuik
Carol singing at a past switch-on in Penicuik

Midlothian will become brighter and more colourful this weekend when Christmas lights are switched on in various communities.

In Penicuik the big switch-on will be at 4pm in the town centre precinct, with Penicuik Citizen of the Year Mose Hutchison doing the honours.

Meanwhile in Dalkeith, the Dalkeith Festival Committee will be hosting an alternative lighting experience. At 4.15pm a parade will make its way via the High Street to Jarnac Court, where the lights will be switched on by Santa and Woodburn Primary pupils Rhys Szczypior and Jordon Ferguson.

The Mayfield and Easthouses Christmas Lights are to be switched on Sunday at 4pm in the square, with stalls, singing and facepainting at Mayfield Leisure Centre from 2pm.

Are you decorating the outside of your home this Christmas? If so, why not enter our Christmas Lights video competition? Details on our website or email a 15-second video clip to

Full details of the switch-on events are in this week’s Advertiser. On sale now.