Christmas lights events 2021

EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the return of Christmas lights switch-on events to towns and villages across Inverclyde.

Last year’s festivities went online due to coronavirus restrictions but there will be family events this week and next to celebrate the countdown to 25 December.

There will be switch-on events in all Inverclyde towns and villages starting with Greenock this Friday (26 November 2021) with a packed programme in and around the Oak Mall Shopping Centre starting from 4.30pm.

Santa and his reindeer will be making a special appearance, there will Christmas cards and crafts, music from Brass Sounds Inverclyde, a caricature artist, photos with virtual Santa and carols round the tree at the Wellpark Mid Kirk.

Shops in the Mall will be open until 7pm and free parking is available in the Bullring Roundabout car park and Oak Mall car parks at Hunter’s Place and King Street.

The Gourock Christmas decorations will also light up this Friday from 6pm. 

Merry Christmas from Inverclyde Council artwork

It will be Port Glasgow’s turn on Wednesday 1 December from 6pm then on Friday 3 December attentions switch to Quarrier’s Village from 4pm, Inverkip from 5.30pm, Kilmacolm from 6pm and Wemyss Bay from 7pm.

Provost Martin Brennan said: “I’m delighted that we can once again celebrate the countdown to Christmas with in-person lights switch-on events in all our towns and villages.

“It will special to see families and friends reunited to get into the festive spirit and hopefully support local businesses at the same time.”

Inverclyde Christmas lights switch-on events listings:

Greenock – Friday 26 November from 4.30pm

Gourock – Friday 26 November from 6pm

Port Glasgow – Wednesday 1 December from 6pm

Quarrier’s – Friday 3 December at 4pm

Kilmacolm – Friday 3 December from 6pm

Inverkip – Friday 3 December from 5.30pm

Wemyss Bay – Friday 3 December from 7pm

Greenock event programme:

Festive evening with the Oak Mall – Friday 26 November

From 4.30pm, select shops open until 7pm

Come and say hello to Santa in the Oak Mall from 5.30pm

Meet Santa’s Reindeer at Westburn Street Mall entrance from 4.30-6.30pm

Make Christmas crafts and cards to take home in the Mall from 4.30-6pm 

Brass Sounds playing from 5pm in the Mall and 6pm by the Christmas tree in Clyde Square

Caricature drawings by Artoons (£5 charge)

Photographs with virtual Santa in the Mall

Carols round the tree with the Wellpark Mid Kirk at 6.30pm when the tree lights go on

Shops open until 7pm and free parking is available in the Bullring car park and Oak Mall car parks at Hunter’s Place and King Street.

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