THE annual West Kilbride Yuletide event will take place this Friday, December 2, from 6pm until 9pm. 

As usual it will be a fun-packed event with lots of festive family fun!

Starting things off with a bang (more of a whoosh – more pet friendly fireworks), local resident, George Donohoe will be letting off fireworks to mark the beginning of Santa’s parade.

Santa Claus will lead the torchlight parade through the town centre, starting from West Kilbride Train Station at 6pm and finishing at the Village Hall. We encourage you to come along and join the parade.

If you wish to do so, please meet at the train station at around 5.30pm. The first 50 arrivals will get a free glow stick! Please wear something festive or bring along a torch, light-up toy or jingle bells, and enjoy the joyful festive atmosphere.

There will be a £25 cash prize for the most Christmassy outfit! So don’t forget to throw on some tinsel, reindeer ears, Christmas jumpers, Santa hats or anything else Christmassy you can find! The winner will be selected at the end of the parade.

This year we have some very special visitors; some of Santa’s reindeers will be joining in on the Yuletide fun. So come along and meet them they will have a petting corner set up outside The Village Hall on Ritchie Street.

Santa’s Grotto will be based at the Village Hall for this very special Yuletide event, where children can meet Santa for a small entrance fee. The Village Hall will also have refreshments and stalls inside, including special guests and Yuletide sponsors, The Seamill Hydro Hotel and Resort and The Waterside Inn.

Christmas shoppers will have the opportunity to enjoy a spot of late night Christmas shopping while soaking up the festive atmosphere and being treated to Christmas music and refreshments.

This year we will have music from the Dreghorn and Irvine Brass band, Sum Wummin Drummin and a bagpiping trio!

West Kilbride benefits from having an enviable selection of craft studios and shops, designing and making world-class products. We are also very lucky to have a great selection of traditional high street shops. So go Totally Locally this Christmas and you could pick up some truly special Christmas gifts for your loved one.

The Barony Centre’s Alternative Giving exhibition is an absolute must, so pop in and see the Craft Town Scotland team and join in the festive fun.

Parish Church will have bouncy castles, craft activities and teas and coffees. The library will be holding a cake sale and book sale until 7pm, so why not drop in say hello.

The funfair will be back in town with rides and stalls to thrill and amuse.

Thrill seekers can experience the ups and downs of the Drop Zone, while smaller kids can take a ride in a teacup.

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