Wed 6 Nov 19
Kirkcaldy 4 All and the Mercat Shopping Centre are working together again this year to bring a whole calendar of family-friendly Christmas events to the town in the run-up to 25th December.
The festivities kick-off at 12 noon on Sunday 17th November with the ever-popular Reindeer Parade. One lucky child will be able to join Santa on his Sleigh by entering our ‘Win A Sleigh Ride with Santa’ competition in conjunction with Kingdom FM. The competition starts on 4th November. Santa, the sleigh ride winner and Santa’s reindeer will be led through the town by Kirkcaldy & District Pipe Band, Kirkcaldy’s pantomime stars and the Kingdom FM Street Team, and free antler hats and treats will be handed out. The Mercat Grotto opens after the parade on Sunday 17th November and children can then come and meet Santa right up until Christmas Eve.
The following Saturday (23rd November) Kirkcaldy’s Christmas lights will be switched on. Families are invited to Charlotte Street for a fun afternoon of entertainment, music and refreshments, with the chance to meet the cast of Kirkcaldy’s pantomime. During the event, the lights on a giant Christmas tree outside Society will be switched on. One lucky child will push the button to light the tree by entering a competition run in conjunction with Kingdom FM.
During November, there are FREE craft workshops at the Mercat Shopping Centre. Children and their families are invited to come and get creative, decorating stars, with the help of artist Jane Rigby. The stars will be hung on the Christmas tree at Society. Children also have the chance to decorate stars in a number of local businesses in Kirkcaldy.
The 23rd November also sees the launch of Kirkcaldy 4 All’s Christmas Star Trail. Thirty stars, some over a metre tall, will be appearing in shop windows in the town centre and a map will guide families to them. The stars have been decorated by local schools and artists and some even by the businesses themselves. Families who spot all the stars will be entered into a prize-draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.
And for the adults, Kirkcaldy 4 All are organising a Candy Cane Cocktail Trail. Nine bars and pubs in Kirkcaldy will be selling special candy cane cocktails. They will also feature on a map, and those who post a selfie of themselves online enjoying their cocktail (or mocktail!) also have the chance to win a spot prize.
Mercat Shopping Centre Manager, Stephen Roberts, said: “I’m delighted we’re working together with Kirkcaldy 4 All again, this year, for what is set to be a fantastic festive period across the town. There will be so much going on in and around the Mercat Centre and Kirkcaldy Town Centre for families to get excited about and plenty of opportunities to take part and get involved. The countdown to Christmas is very much on and everyone at Mercat Shopping Centre is looking forward to welcoming all our customers for this fantastic community celebration.”
Manager at Kirkcaldy 4 All, Bill Harvey, said: “This is the third year we have worked with the Mercat at Christmas to bring some Christmas cheer to the town and help its local businesses. We have a whole programme of Christmas fun planned throughout November and December. We are grateful to all the town centre businesses and local schools for supporting these initiatives so enthusiastically, and hope that the people of Kirkcaldy will also get behind us and come down to the high street and enjoy what’s on offer in the run-up to Christmas.”