Saturday Switch On

By Jane Cruickshank / November 28, 2019
Cherry picker lifts man to place lights on tree

CHRISTMAS kicks off on Saturday with the Stonehaven Christmas Lights Switch on Event.

Volunteers are already braving the damp and cold to erect and decorate the tree donated to the Community Council by Richard Holman Baird of Rickarton Estate and festooned with lights purchased last year by an array of organisations and businesses.

One trader – Robert Clark of Charles McHardy Butchers – showed his appreciation today in the form of hot pies and soup for the men. Meanwhile Raeburn Christie Clark and Wallace kept them supplied with tea and coffee.

Car Park Closure Friday 4pm

And the preparations continue tomorrow – it should be noted that the car park is going to be closed from 4pm Friday to allow work to take place setting up for an afternoon of festive fun on Saturday. 

While this year’s event is spearheaded by the Lions Club, who will be serving hot drinks and snacks, a host of groups are taking part:

Mearns FM will lead the entertainment starting at 1pm; the Rotary Club are serving mulled wine and mince pies; and the Round Table are bringing Santa and his sleigh to the Square from 2pm – 6pm, while also selling pop corn and candy floss.

Far & Wide are providing a nativity scene, while Stonehaven’s Men’s Shed are adding their take on Christmas with a range of reindeer gifts for sale.


1pm – Mearns FM

1.30pm – Lindsay School of Dance

2pm – Stonehaven Youth Football Team

2.30pm – Lauren Kate Dutch Dancers

3pm – Rhythm Nation Dance

3.30pm – Mackie Academy Dance Group

4pm Newtonhill Pipe Band

4.30pm – Catalyst Vineyard Church – Christmas Singalong

5pm – Lights switch on

5.30pm – Mearns FM

Our Business Association are yet again ensuring the town centre enjoys its Christmas sparkle, by funding the maintenance and erection of the street lights.

And make a note in your diary to hit the shops on Wednesday December 4 when many businesses will have a late opening from 6pm – 8pm with special offers and festive treats.

Caption: the tree was delivered and decorated with help from Groundwater, Claymore Electrical Devices Ltd, MGS Transport, Hutchison Plant Services and Aberdeenshire Council.