Girvan set for Christmas Street Party

Girvan’s Christmas Street Party is all set for this Sunday with an afternoon of fun for all the family planned.

Shops are also asked to get in the spirit with a prize being awarded for the best decorated shop in a competition judged by Adam Ingram MSP.

The event will take place between 3pm and 5.30pm with Santa setting off from Toy Castle in Dalrymple Street to make his way to his grotto st Stumpy Tower.

Open air carol singing will commence at Chalmers Arcade around 3.30. The introduction to the Snow Babes and Snow King and Queen along with the lights switch on will begin at 4pm.

Teas and coffees will be available in the community centre. The usual stalls will be there for everyone to enjoy including kids rides, bouncy castles, climbing wall, balloon modellers, bucking reindeer, stilt walkers, dancers and kids characters.

There is also a very special surprise attraction at Stumpy.

There has been criticism over the decision to move the event to a Sunday.

Karen McCartney, Chairperson of the Street Party explained: “This years street party has been moved to late November at the request of Girvan Community Council and our local councillors. We hope businesses will benefit from a full month of Christmas displays and lights. Our lights will be up at around the same time as larger towns and this gives local businesses the best chance of competing with larger stores.

“We are a new committee this year and whilst traditionally the party has been on a Friday evening we decided we would opt for an afternoon party. This is in keeping with other Christmas switch ons across Ayrshire and we feel it’s a more suitable time for families with young children. November evenings can be chilly and as a mum of young children I understand what it’s like to queue to see Santa with grumpy kids!

“The most contentious decision we have made is to bring local choirs onto the street instead of having the usual service in the Methodist church. We have three fantastic choirs this year and feel it’s more inclusive to move them onto the street where everyone can benefit from their wonderful entertainment. “We have also invited local Pastor Adam Oellermann of to say a few words.

“We want to make it clear that deciding against the church service does not mean that we don’t appreciate Christmas to be a religious festival for many

“I need to thank every single member for their contribution, they have all worked tirelessly to make this event possible. The community has really pulled together and got into the Christmas spirit early this year. We have been inundated with ideas, feedback and offers of assistance which is fantastic, it’s great to see local people excited by a community event.

“Our main goal is bringing everyone together and we are confident that with the communities support we can achieve that.

“Finally, local businesses have been fantastic and provided much needed sponsorship. We hope that they will benefit from the event and many shops are staying open for the duration of the party.”