Paisley will host its first ever Winter Wonderland in the town centre this Christmas.
Titled Winterfest, plans include an ice rink, the panoramic Star Flyer ride, continental style market and other family attractions as the town looks to attract visitors and shoppers from further afield.
Brought to you by Paisley First, and working with M&D Events, the organisation hopes to stage a four week Christmas spectacular in the town.
Paisley First is also holding a free festive Nutcracker Trail with 10 nutcracker kings spread throughout the town from Saturday 2nd December until Saturday 16th December.
M&D Events are currently submitting the necessary consent applications to Renfrewshire Council.
If the project gets approval, the Paisley First WonderFest will take place in Paisley town centre from 24th November until Christmas Eve.
Paisley First Chairman, Ian Henderson, said: “This will be a great event to showcase everything that Paisley has to offer during the festive season.
“There is so much to see and do in the town already and this will help cement the town’s reputation as a visitor destination.
“We will also be running a Christmas retail campaign; when it comes to festive shopping we have a lot of fantastic independent retailers as well as national chains throughout the town centre.
“And after hitting the shops and enjoying the Christmas entertainment, visitors can take advantage of our many cafes, restaurants and bars.
“This year, Paisley will have Christmas all wrapped up.”
The event is a great showcase for the town as Paisley enters the final straight in the town’s bid for UK City of Culture in 2021 and will wrap up Paisley’s winter season, which has already seen over 50,000 people enjoy events in the town.
M&D’s Events Director, Douglas Taylor, said: “Paisley already has a rich cultural scene and this type of Christmas event is an ideal addition to the town.
“We are working with Paisley First to ensure this event will be a great attraction for the local community, who will be eligible for discounted rates, as well as visitors from further afield.”
Ian added: “We believe the continental style market will really complement the existing Christmas shopping available in the town and we are also hoping some of the local traders will get involved too.”
The Nutcracker Trail will see visitors collect special booklets and complete the trail for a chance to win a special WinterFest prize!
To mark the end of the Nutcracker Trail, there will also be a special children’s carol concert in the town centre on Saturday 16th December.