Christmas lights will be real crackers!

When there’s a definite nip in the air and shops are filled with tempting goodies, you know it is time for Christmas. And once again, among the highlights this year are the annual Christmas lights

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Below you'll find plenty of information about all the various events across the county. So get along and make sure your Christmas is a real cracker.


Bonnyrigg's Christmas celebrations start with Santa's grotto and charity fair from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 1 December in Cockpen Church Hall, Dundas Street. 

You can see Santa for only £1.50 and the price includes a gift.  At the fair try face painting, home baking, tombolas, and craft stalls.

Slater's mini fun fair is running from 10am to 5pm in Campview Road with roundabouts, swings, slides and candyfloss.

Entry is by ticket only to Scott Lovatt's Christmas magic show in Bonnyrigg Rose Social Club at 2.30pm.   McClowns return to Bonnyrigg Toll this year with stilt walking, fire eating, trick cycling and balloon modelling from 2.30pm until 5pm.

From 2pm at the Toll, there's Stan's Live Road Show with carol singing by local school children. The singing starts with Lasswade Primary School at 2.20pm, from 2.40pm it's Burnbrae Primary School's turn followed at 3.00pm by St Mary's  Primary School, 3.20pm by Hawthornden Primary School and to conclude this year's school entertainment, Bonnyrigg Primary School at 3.40pm.

Volunteers and committee members will be distributing flashing Santa hats and glow sticks in the town centre from 3.30pm on the day.

Leading up to the switch on at the stage will the draw to find the winners of this year's spot what's odd in the window with a £50 first prize.


Then to the big event Santa Clause will be present on stage at 4.20pm and at 4.30pm the festive lights will be switched on by Bonnyrigg PS  pupils Niamh Fleet and Jack Duffy, assisted by David Hamilton MP.


On Saturday 1 December, the fun kicks off with a Christmas fair and coffee morning in aid of Gala funds in the Masonic Hall, Clerk Street from 10am to noon. In addition to a range of stalls, Santa will be present in his grotto.

Children accompanied by adults are invited to assemble outside the library headquarters in Clerk Street for 4pm to accompany Santa on his sleigh to Fountain Green. At the Green, MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Band will provide the music for carol singing.


At 4.30pm the lights will be switched on by Loanhead's Gala Queen Niamh Graham and Herald Declan Cummings.


In Dalkeith, again on Saturday 1 December, there's community carols singing in St Nicholas Church with choirs from Kings Park Primary School and Dalkeith High School along with Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band at 3.30pm.

The parade from the church up the High Street to Jarnac Court is at 4.15pm while at 4.30pm there will be carols and a lighting ceremony by two pupils from King's Park Primary.


This year the Christmas lights in Penicuik will be switched on in the precinct by the Citizen of the Year, Derek Wilson, at 4 pm on Saturday 8 December.

During the day there will be a Christmas fair, with crafts, gifts, and seasonal fare and fun, in the town hall hosted by the community council and the development trust.  It will run from 10 am to 2.30 pm in the upper hall: for a stall please contact Mr Malcolm de Lorey on 01968 677601.

Refreshments and 'good cheer' will be available throughout the proceedings in the lesser hall.

And the day will include carols in the precinct from 3 pm led by the Penicuik Community Choir together with the Pipe and Silver Bands.  And if we are really lucky 2SCOTS may help Santa to come and meet the children - so please come along and enjoy the Christmas fare!