SANTA Claus will ensure Haddington is sparkling later this month when the town’s Christmas lights are switched on.

Lights are already up around the town centre ahead of the Christmas in Haddington event on November 26.

Haddington Corn Exchange is the venue for the event, which runs from noon to 4pm.

Indoor games, a bouncy castle, face painting and other activities are on offer before live music from Carli Trotter and Lewis Thomson outside at 4pm.

A lantern procession at 4.45pm leads up to the lights being switched on at 5.30pm by the festive VIP.

A spokeswoman for Haddington Events Group said: The events group is made up of volunteers who receive no payment for the work they do in the town.

“Members are community councillors, the fireworks group, business owners and representatives from other groups and organisations.

"Members work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for the Christmas lights, the festival and other events. All money raised goes back into community events.”

The Christmas lights switch-on kicks off a series of festive events planned between now and the end of the year.

The annual pantomime takes to the Corn Exchange stage on December 9.

Tickets for Aladdin, costing £5 for adults and £3 for children, are available from Betty’s on High Street, with doors opening for the show at 6pm.

Last year’s pantomime was a sellout, and tickets are already going well for this year’s event.

Rounding off the year is Hogmanay in Haddington at the Corn Exchange.
Logan’s Close, from Dunbar, The Avenue and The Bag Rockers bring in the New Year.

Ecosse Entertainment are also providing the music and a photo booth throughout the night.

Tickets for the event are £25 and they can be purchased from Mike’s Bikes, Betty’s or from David Currie from Ecosse Entertainment.