Christmas lights switch-ons across Scotland
When to see the towns and cities get lit up for winter in Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and more
We're trying to bask in the pumpkin-spiced, auburn-leafed glory of autumn, but winter is lurking around the corner. Late sunrises and early sunsets will have you running for the SAD lamps as you wonder if the sun ever shines in Scotland anymore. Thank goodness for the Christmas lights, from twinkly fairy lights to flashing neon bells and holly, whether you think their tasteful or tacky, they do brighten up the dark evenings. We've rounded up when towns and cities across Scotland are flipping the big switch and bathing us in a festive glow.
Blairgowrie Christmas Lights Switch-On
An afternoon of family entertainment before Blairgowrie's Christmas lights are switched on around 4pm.
Wellmeadow Park, Blairgowrie, Sat 28 Nov, 2pm
Dundee Christmas Lights Switch-On
The switching on of Dundee's lights marks the end of Festival of Architecture 2016 and the beginning of Dundee's Christmas celebrations. There's are large-scale light installations at historic and contemporary buildings, a night market and a torchlight procession between the McManus Galleries and the Caird Hall, events also running on Fri 18 Nov.
City Centre, Dundee, Sat 19 Nov, time tbc
Dunfermline Christmas Lights Switch-On
An afternoon of events to celebrate the switching-on of the Dunfermline Christmas lights, with live music and entertainment.
Town centre, Dunfermline, Sat 19 Nov, 2pm
Edinburgh Christmas Lights Switch-On
Edinburgh's Christmas host Light Night, featuring live music courtesy of choirs from across Scotland including Edinburgh Festival Chorus, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Junior Chorus and Edinburgh's Got Soul. Olympic gold medallist Callum Skinner has the honour of switching on the lights.
George Street, Edinburgh, Sun 20 Nov, 1pm
Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch-On
The city welcomes in the festive season at the annual lights switch-on in George Square, with live music and more. Tickets are available through a ballot, enter before Sun 16 Oct to be in with a chance of getting tickets.
George Square. Sun 20 Nov, times tbc
Inverness Christmas Lights Switch-On
In Inverness there's a Christmas Lights Parade led by Santa Claus, who helps Provost Helen Carmichael turn on the Christmas lights at 6pm before the Children's Christmas Carol Concert.
City Centre, Inverness, Sun 20 Nov, times tbc
Johnstone Christmas Lights Switch-On
There's family entertainment throughout the afternoon in Houstoun Square, with live music, Christmas activities and a fun fair before the town's Christmas lights are officially switched on.
Houston Square, Johnstone, Sat 19 Nov, noon
Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On
Santa and his reindeer visit Paisley for the switching-on of the town's Christmas lights. There's also live music, a Christmas market and kids entertainment.
Town centre, Paisley, Sat 12 Nov, noon
Perth Christmas Lights Switch-On
An afternoon of performance with local groups on the Community Stage, children's entertainment on the children's stage and music on the main stage. The Christmas Parade, starting at Thimblerow begins at 5.30pm before the lights are switched-on at 6.15pm.
City centre, Perth, Sat 19 Nov, noon
Renfrew Christmas Lights Switch-On
A day of festive fun featuring Provost's carol service, an outdoor funfair and a fireworks finale.
Town centre, Renfrew, Sat 26 Nov, noon