Shining a light on Christmas family events

Christmas lanterns
Christmas lanterns

Let there be light- that’s the call for a special festive celebration that’s going to take place in Kirkcaldy in a few months time.

This year a lantern parade will take place through the town centre and will culminate in the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

And everyone is invited to get involved.

Over four Saturdays in the run up to the festive event on Saturday, November 23, free lantern making workshops will take place in The Mercat where families can get creative.

It’s an opportunity to make your own withy lantern which you can then use to take part in the lantern parade.

Suzie Hall, Kirkcaldy4All BID co-ordinator, explained: “We’re asking the schools to get involved and have 11 already on board, that’s over 1000 children.

“Children will be able to make lanterns in the classroom and then bring them to the parade with their families on the day.

“Or of course they can come to the workshops and make withy lanterns.

“We really want everyone to come down and get involved in the parade.

“It should be a spectacular sight.

“From 1.00 p.m. that afternoon there will be entertainment on a stage at the corner of the High Street and Tolbooth Street, where Ice Age characters Sid and Scrat shall be making appearances.

“We’ve also got Mr and Mrs Santa for the light switch on, musical entertainment and more planned.

“This year the town centre will have some new Christmas lights and the person who will be switching them on will be one of the children who have made a lantern in the workshop.

“When they come in and make a lantern they will be entered into a draw to do the switch on.”

The Christmas event for the town centre is being organised entirely by Kirkcaldy4All and it is hoped the whole community will get involved in the traditional family friendly festive event.

The lantern making workshops are suitable for children aged five and over. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the parade.

For more details about the workshops, parade and light switch on visit