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Get Involved With Nairn’s Countdown to Christmas

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Youngsters and business owners are being encouraged to get involved in this year’s Countdown to Christmas event which will incorporate the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Children across Nairn are being invited by Nairn Connects BID, which is organising the event on November 25, to make a Christmas decoration to be in with a chance of turning on the lights accompanied by Father Christmas.  

Meanwhile, businesses in Nairn are being called upon to decorate their windows and shop fronts to ensure the town is a winter wonderland for the big day.

Decorations need to be in place by November 20, after which the windows will be judged by STV’s Nicola McAlley with the winners being announced at the Christmas Lights event.

Lucy Harding, manager of Nairn BID said:

“Once again we are working with Inverness Farmers’ Market and others to bring a great event to Nairn to mark the countdown to Christmas and we want as many people as possible to get involved. 

“The Christmas decoration competition is always popular and it’s great to see all the creations from the kids.

“If you are taking part, entries need to be taken to the community centre by November 23.

“They need to be clearly labelled with a name and contact details.

“All the entries will be put into a Santa’s hat and a winner chosen at random.”

Lucy added:

“This is the second time that we have done the window dressing competition.

“Last year, it was won by E2W Property who created a gingerbread house window theme.  

The prize this year will be a £50 Highlands Gift Card and the organisers of Inverness Farmers’ Market, who are running our street market on the day, are offering £20 cash prizes to two runners up in retail and food and beverage categories – these were won by OneOneTwo and Ink & Pink last year.”

As well as the actual lights switch on at 4pm, the one-day event will include a street market, Santa’s Grotto, two craft fayres, support from the Nairn Pipe Band, street entertainment, live performances and more.

It will take place over two locations, across the whole Town Centre and Nairn Community & Arts Centre. 

Full details and timings will be available on the Nairn BID website www.nairnconnects.com

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