With the arrival of the Market Cross Christmas tree, the Christmas spirit has definitely arrived at Commercial Street.

The tree, which has been purchased from the same UK based supplier as last year, was set in place on Wednesday morning. Living Lerwick sourced the tree, with support from Shetland Islands Council and are very grateful to Serco NorthLink Ferries and Northwards Ltd for providing free transport from Aberdeen of this, and the gifted trees from Norway, to Scalloway and Whalsay.

Trail activities begin this weekend too, with an Elf hunt starting on Saturday the 27th November and the parade is back on the 4th of December. The very competitive Christmas Window competition also begins this Saturday, with voting forms available in participating shops or from the VisitScotland office.

Living Lerwick Chairman, Steve Mathieson said “I’m delighted to see the tree arrive in the town, it feels like Christmas is on its way now. I’m looking forward to seeing the lights on soon and parade on the 4th of December”.

Late night shopping has already been going on for a few weeks and more and more shops will be open from Thursday this week and through December. Shoppers will have the chance to earn double loyalty stamps every late-night Thursday and Sunday shopping times in the bumper Christmas Spend at da Street draw. That's 2 stamps for every £20 spent for a chance to win over £2000 worth of prizes.

Festive opening hours are being updated regularly on the Living Lerwick website Events page.

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