Midlothian’s Christmas countdown begins

Children singing at last year's switch on in Bonnyrigg
Children singing at last year's switch on in Bonnyrigg

Christmas lights will be switched on across Midlothian over the coming days.

The festive fun begins on Friday (December 2) when Penicuik’s festive lights will be switched on by the town’s Citizen of the Year Vic Ramage at 7pm. An extended monthly market, in the town centre precinct, will run from 10am to 7.30pm to support the switch-on.

Meanwhile, the annual Christmas fair will be opened by Vic in Penicuik Town Hall on Saturday at 10am. The fair, organised by Penicuik and District Community Council, will run until 2pm.

Bonnyrigg’s Christmas lights get switched on on Saturday at 4.30pm by two pupils from Lasswade Primary.

There will be festive events running from 10am to 4pm with a charity fair and Santa’s Grotto in Cockpen Church Hall, Slater’s Mini Fun Fair on Campview Road from 10am to 5pm and two children’s Christmas magic shows.

From 2pm to 4pm, choirs from the local primary schools, supported by East Coast Radio roadshow, will keep everyone entertained with a variety of seasonal music and carols, and from 2.30pm to 5pm there will be stilt walkers, jugglers, trick cyclists and many cartoon characters in the town centre area.

Also on Saturday, Newtongrange Christmas lights switch-on will take place with a market, live music and a funfair at Newtongrange Church from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The switch-on itself is at the pool, 4pm to 4.30pm. Free entry.

There will be a torchlight procession will start from the Library HQ in Clerk Street, Loanhead, at 4pm on Saturday. It will make its way to Fountain Green in the town centres for the switching on of the Christmas lights at 4.30pm. The torchlight procession will then move to Loanhead Parish Church.

Meanwhile, Mayfield and Easthouses Christmas lights will be switched on on Sunday, December 4. Santa, escorted by his elves and Mayfield Pipe Band, will make his way from the leisure centre to the square for the switch-on at 4.30pm. There will be entertainment from local children’s choirs, and Newbattle High and St David’s High bands. Lawfield Primary pupil Jessica Dickson, winner of the Christmas lights poster competition, will lead the community countdown for the switch-on.