Cupar’s countdown to Christmas

Cupar's Christmas Festival begins with the switch on of the lights on Saturday, Novermber 29. (Photo by Dave Scott)
Cupar's Christmas Festival begins with the switch on of the lights on Saturday, Novermber 29. (Photo by Dave Scott)

Cupar town centre comes alive on Saturday, November 29, with a spectacular day of activities to herald the Christmas season.

The festive fun begins in the Corn Exchange at 11am, when the popular Christmas Market opens its doors.

Santa will be in his grotto from 10am to 4pm and every child who comes to see him will receive a present.

That’s followed in the afternoon with a feast of entertainment in Crossgate that culminates at 4.30pm with the grand switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, a duty that traditionally falls to Cupar’s newly-chosen Citizen of the Year.

Entertainers include the Djembe Drummers, Cupar Pipe Band, Urban Circus and a procession of the Fife Nativity players, who’ll be staging their popular annual production at Cairnie Fruit Farm from December 20 to 22.

To add to the atmosphere, the town centre will be filled with stalls selling delicious cakes, hot soup, mince pies and other goodies.

There’ll be fairground rides in the Bonnygate Car Park, with some smaller rides for the little ones in the Crossgate.

At 4.15pm Santa will arrive in his sleigh, ready for the switch-on ceremony.

Cupar at Christmas is run by a volunteer committee which includes local councillors, members of Cupar’s Community Council and members of other organisations in the town who have all come together to help make the Christmas celebrations in Cupar a huge success.

The committee receives a financial contribution from Fife Council towards the cost of the Christmas lights, but must still find the balance required through community fundraising.

Here is the timetable of Christmas Festival events:

Saturday, November 29

11am – The Christmas Market opens in the Corn Exchange

10am-4pm – Santa welcomes young visitors to his grotto

2pm – Street entertainment in Crossgate

4.15pm – Santa arrives in his sleigh

4.30pm – The grand switch-on ceremony

Tuesday, December 2

6.30pm – Christmas concert in the Corn Exchange featuring music, song and dance from local children. Tickets available from Cupar YMCA.

Friday, December 5

6pm – Lantern march begins at the Christmas tree in the Haugh Park. The procession will wind its way around the town centre, visiting all of Cupar’s churches before culminating at St John’s Church on Bonnygate for refreshments at 7pm.