Weekend of festive fun in Anstruther

Celebrating Christmases past in Anstruther (picture by George McLuskie)
Celebrating Christmases past in Anstruther (picture by George McLuskie)

In his busy advent schedule, Santa has found time to make not one but two guest appearances in Anstruther next month.

Santa will fly in to take part in a busy programmeof activities early next month, which will usher in the festive season.

Three local organisations, the Royal Burgh of Kilrenny, Anstruther & Cellardyke Community Council, the East Neuk Round Table and the Lighthouse, have got together to invite everyone in the East Neuk to join in the fun.

The annual Christmas tree lighting at the harbour front on Friday, December 4 launches a weekend of seasonal celebration.

Santa will be leaving from the RNLI boathouse at 6.15pm on-board the inshore lifeboat, with the crew’s mascot, Stormy Stan.

Mr Claus will be joined by the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s Fisher Lad and Fisher Lass, and Anstruther’s Person of the Year, Elizabeth Gordon, who will switch the Christmas tree lights on.

This will be followed by carol singing as Santa then travels by RNLI lifeboat to Helen Allen’s Sweetie Shop on Rodger Street, where he’ll be in his grotto.

The East Neuk of Fife Round Table is the main sponsor of a kids’ party on December 5, and pyjamas and onesies (over other clothing) for kids and adults are the dress of choice.

The event is at Erskine Hall, aimed at youngsters aged 3-10, who can enjoy an afternoon disco, face painting, animal balloons, hats, and more, plus a visit from Santa.

All children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the afternoon.

On December 6, the East Neuk Tabletop Games group presents its Christmas Extravaganza of retro style gaming at Dreel Halls.

The groups plays all types of board, card and miniatures-based games some of which will be new to many people, but there is sure be something for everyone.

Assistants will be on hand to help introduce new players to, and guide them through, the range of games available.

They will also be showcasing a number of demonstration games through the day.

For the family ceilidh on December 5 at Anstruther’s Town Hall, music will be provided by the well-known popular 24-piece Windygates ceilidh band, Buttons and Bows, who performed at Anstruther’s Harbour Festival in June.

A licensed bar and stovies will be available, provided by the Royal Hotel in Anstruther.

On December 6, the Lighthouse takes over Erskine Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm with a Christmas crafts afternoon, with youngsters working on decorations, cards, face painting, and more. Children under eight must be accompanied.