It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas - particularly as Kirkcaldy is set to throng with festive excitement and events this weekend.
Saturday sees a series of events that mark the start of this year’s Christmas season in the Lang Toun and it’s all set to go with a bang.
Organisers of both events hope the whole community will turn out and show its support for the festivities.
Following on from the success of last year’s lantern parade through the town centre, Kirkcaldy4All have organised it once again.
Hundreds are expected to gather in the High Street for the procession which leaves from near the entrance to the Mercat Shopping Centre at 4.15 p.m.
Led by Fife drumming group, Drumatik, the parade will light up the town and meander through the streets to the Town Square, where more celebratory events are planned.
For weeks now, children at primary schools across the local area have been practicing a very special song - Bringing the Light’ - which has been written for the occasion and they will be making their debut public performance of the piece once the lantern parade reaches the square.
Carols and festive music are also planned to entertain those gathered, and a six-minute firework display will be the climax of the whole event, lighting up the evening sky.
But once the fun outdoors in the Town Square is over, there’s still more festive-ness to enjoy as St Bryce Kirk hosts a fundraising carol service in memory of our Maggie’s Centre.
The carol service will feature performances from members of Fife Performing Arts Academy - whose principal teacher Karen Drummond is behind the event’s organisation- and local primary school children.
Scottish singer songwriter Horse McDonald will also be performing at the charity event.
Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, is looking forward to the weekend’s Christmas community events.
He told the Press: “It’s a great chance for Kirkcaldy people to celebrate with their families - I know I will.
“It promises to be a great day of fun for the whole family and I hope that everyone will turn out and support the events.
“A great deal of hard work has gone into planning this event by the Kirkcaldy4All team, who have led the organisation, and I look forward to Saturday’s festivities.”
For full details about the lantern parade and events in the Town Square see our special four page guide to the day’s events starting on p49.
Ticket details for the Maggie’s carol service can be found on page 16.