Christmas lights start to sparkle

Thousands of people are expected to attend events across South Ayrshire
Thousands of people are expected to attend events across South Ayrshire

Thousands of people turned out to celebrate the start of the festive season in Ayr at the weekend with the official countdown to Christmas now underway.

The Little Stars Light Up Ayr event ended with a local fundraiser for Ayrshire Hospice helping to flood High Street with seasonal cheer.

South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, invites Little Stars winner Lucy Fawcett to light up the lights!

South Ayrshire Provost, Helen Moonie, invites Little Stars winner Lucy Fawcett to light up the lights!

After a successful debut last year South Ayrshire Council brought back its Little Stars Light Up Ayr event. 17 year old Lucy Fawcett from Prestwick was picked to flick the switch and start the countdown to Christmas. And it was a personal moment for her, as her mum Kay is currently being treated in Ayrshire Hospice and her family have already raised more than £16,500 for the charity,

She said: “It was an honour to have been nominated by Ayrshire Hospice to switch on the Christmas lights and it was a day I’ll never forget. My family have been working hard to support Ayrshire Hospice and I hope we have inspired even more people to dig deep to help support this vital local charity.”

Councillor Brian McGinley, said it had been a great success: “We’ve a full programme of events planned for the coming weeks and I’m sure this year’s winter activities will be warmly received.”

Events include: A Victorian Christmas at Culzean, Castle, Maybole on Saturday, December 1, 10.30am-4pm; Girvan Christmas Street Party, on Sunday, December 2, 2pm -5pm, the lighting up of Girvan at 5pm; and Nature Nippers - Christmas Capers at Culzean Castle, on Thursday, December 13, 10.15am and 1pm starts.

Santa says hello to the crowds as part of the Little Stars Ayr Christmas Parade

Santa says hello to the crowds as part of the Little Stars Ayr Christmas Parade