FESTIVE fun returns to Cockenzie House and Gardens as its annual Christmas market and light show returns today (Friday)... just two days before Cockenzie and Port Seton’s Christmas lights are turned on.

The House’s ‘switch-on’ event, which is now in its third year, takes place at 6pm and includes a craft market of local crafters and makers.

Entry, which is free, is from 4pm.

The lighting display, organised by the Seton Archaeological Society and featuring local landmarks or activities, is being supported by both Inch Cape Offshore Wind Farm and Siemens Energy, the contractor leading the construction of the project’s onshore substation on the site of the former Cockenzie Power Station.

Gordon Neil, of Cockenzie House and Gardens and Seton Archaeological Society, said: “Our annual Christmas lights switch-on is a great way to bring the local community together to really kick off the festive season.

“We are delighted to be able to support more than 25 local makers, who will bring their amazing creations and produce to Cockenzie to help people find more locally made, sustainable gifts this Christmas.”

Archie and Andrew do the honours

Meanwhile, two of Cockenzie and Port Seton’s most celebrated residents will be doing the honours as the burgh gets ready to light up.

The community will be holding its own Christmas lights switch-on event on Sunday, with Archie Johnston and Andrew Crummy flicking the switches.

At 5pm, Archie will turn on the lights at a Christmas tree at Port Seton Harbour. He will be accompanied by local musicians and carol singing for the event. Hot chocolate will also be available for those in attendance.

Then attention turns to the Port Seton Centre at 6pm, where Andrew will turn on the lights at the centre’s tree. This switch-on is organised by the centre’s management committee. Those in attendance may also get a chance to meet Santa Claus.

In Prestonpans, Christmas lights will be switched on today (Friday) in the town centre. There is no event to accompany the switch-on.