Paisley is getting set to light up for Christmas – and residents are being asked to come out and help unwrap the town’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.
The ever-popular Christmas Lights Switch-on will take place in the town centre – headlined by 2014 X Factor winner Ben Haenow (pictured).
But this year’s event is doubling up as the public launch of the town’s UK City of Culture ambitions – and will end on a special Paisley-themed light show showcasing the town’s ambitions.
The seven-minute animation will tell the story of what the bid involves and how it will benefit the town, while asking people to show their support by using #paisley2021 on social media.
People can also show their support for the bid by coming along on the day wearing an item of Paisley-Patterned clothing.
The Christmas Lights event itself will kick off at noon with the reindeer parade – which this year follows a new route, starting and finishing on Paisley High Street and taking in Causeyside Street, Orchard Street, Abbey Close and Gauze Street.
The main stage on Gauze Street will be hosted by Clyde 1 DJs and will feature Funbox (formerly the Singing Kettle) as well as local rock band Dogtooth.
Other attractions include Paisley Farmers’ Market, Christmas market, funfair, snow beach and kids’ entertainers.
- 10am – Paisley Farmers’ Market opens (Paisley Cross)
- 12pm – Reindeer parade starts (Paisley High Street)
- 12pm – Start of Christmas market (Paisley Town Hall), including stalls for St Vincent’s Hospice, RAMH and Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, plus an Accord Hospice tearoom
- 12pm – Start of funfair (County Square/Gilmour Street), snow beach (St Mirren Brae) and children’s entertainment (across town centre)
- 12.30pm – Reindeer parade ends (Paisley High Street)
- 13pm – Clyde 1 DJs take to main stage (Gauze Street)
- 13.30pm – Funbox (main stage)
- 15pm – Dogtooth (main stage)
- 16pm – S Club Party (main stage)
- 17.30pm – Ben Haenow (main stage)
- 18pm – Christmas Lights switched on (Abbey Close)
- 18pm – Paisley for UK City of Culture 2021 light show starts (on Gauze Street side of Paisley Abbey)
Of course the main event during the day won’t be the end of the fun – there is a host of live music and other entertainment happening in pubs and other venues around Paisley and Saturday 14 November will be a great chance to sample some of it.
So if you don’t want to head home when the daytime event finishes shortly after 6pm, here is a list of some of what is happening elsewhere in the town centre that evening.
If your venue has an event on and wants to add to that list, send an email with details to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 4pm – Old Swan Inn (Smithhills Street) – Splendid Gentlemen
- 7pm – La Rambla (Renfrew Road) – Andy Kay
- 7.30pm – Bankhouse (Gilmour Street) – Karaoke
- 7.30pm – Blend (Causeyside Street) – free open mic night run by Create Paisley youth group
- 8pm – Old Swan Inn (Smithhills Street) – Clyde
- 10pm – Saporito Wine Bar (New Sneddon Street) – Live music (tbc)
Roads and parking
There will be a number of road closures around the town centre on Saturday 14th November into the following day, as follows:
From Saturday 14th November at midnight until Sunday 15th November at 12pm – Gauze Street (from Lawn Street to Paisley Cross), St Mirren Brae, Cotton Street (northbound carriageway only), Lawn Street, Smithhills Street (central Way to Gauze Street)
From Saturday 14th November at 8am until Sunday 15th November at 12pm – County Place, Gilmour Street, High Street (from Paisley Cross to New Street) and Abbey Close.
For those of you travelling by car, free event parking is available at Wallneuk Road, West College Scotland, Castlehead High and Paisley Grammar School.