The festive countdown is well and truly under way as three communities across the county light up with festive cheer on Sunday.

In Dunbar, the evening starts at 2.30pm with a street market, rides, food and drink. There will be plenty of entertainment on offer from Dunbar Highland Dancers, Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, The Armstrong Ceilidh Band, a live DJ, Dance Discovery and aerial performers from A Christmas Fairy Trail.

Children will have the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto in the Town House.

At about 6pm, Dunbar Royal British Legion Pipe Band perform, followed by a torchlight procession and the Christmas lights (pictured above) switch-on by a pupil from Dunbar Primary School.

Meanwhile in East Linton, festivities begin during the annual Christmas market in The Square.

There will be opportunities to decorate the village’s tree, with stars available for people to put on the tree in memory of a loved one and decorations for children. These can be bought in advance from Hilary White Hair Design on Bridge Street.

A raffle to win a luxury hamper, a lucky dip and a word scramble competition are also available, each priced at £1. Proceeds go to the Christmas lights fund to provide and maintain decorations in future years

The lights, located on High Street, are switched on at 4.30pm.

Finally, in Tranent, the fun begins at 5pm on Winton Place. Performing at the event are Ross High School’s Brass Band and the Clark Community Choir.

Light up toys are on sale, with alcohol-free mulled wine and mince pies available afterwards in Thomson’s.

The lights will be turned on by Addie Eardley.