Christmas lights celebrations return after pandemic gap

Christmas lights switch-on / Vinicombe Street
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A popular Christmas tree lights switch-on is returning after a two-year gap.

The event in Vinicombe Street, Cresswell Lane and Ruthven Lane, off Byres Road, promises to be a day of festive fun.

The date for the diary is Sunday November 28.

The big switch-on didn’t happen last year because of lockdown during the pandemic.

Local campaign Visit West End is behind the festivities.

John Turner is chair of the Byres Road & the Lanes Business Improvement District which is behind the drive.

He said: “We are very excited to be bringing the annual Christmas Tree event back to Vinicombe Street this year.

“It is always such a wonderful occasion with fun for all the family, and makes the perfect start to the Christmas season in the West End.”

Entertainment

The event will kick off at 11am on Vinicombe Street with a Christmas market with stalls from a number of businesses from Byres Road and the Lanes.

Organisers also promise a full roster of entertainment to get visitors in the Christmas Spirit, with choirs, Kids’ Zone, face-painting and live music.

Back again after a year in the dark: Photo: Robert Perry

The grand finale switch-on of the lights is at 5.30pm.

After a successful partnership last year, Visit West End will be partnering Social Bite for their Festival of Kindness.

Last year generous Glaswegians donated more than 4,000 gifts via a donation point located at the Christmas Tree on Vinicombe Street.

John said: “I am delighted that the BID is partnering with Social Bite again this year. 

‘It is always such a wonderful occasion with fun for all the family, and makes the perfect start to the Christmas season in the West End’

John Turner

“The good people of the West End showed their incredible generosity of spirit last year, in spite of all the restrictions that were in place at the time.

“It would be wonderful if we could break last year’s record!

“The event on the 28th November comes hot on the heels of the Torchlight Parade taking place on the evening of the 27th.

“It is going to be a very busy and exciting weekend in the West End – come and join the fun.”


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