The Living Lerwick Christmas light switch-on parade just got even better. Love From Shetland will be taking Connor the goat out in the parade. He’ll be all dressed up in his Christmas jumper with bells on. Island Larder will have roasted chestnuts, fresh crepes, Belgian Hot Chocolate and just out the oven Mince-pie rolls for you to grab and enjoy as the parade takes place. Aurora Gifts are offering 10% off jewellery and gifts on the day.

The parade will kick off on Saturday 2nd December at 3.30pm from Thulecraft. Santa starts at 3.15pm at Albert Wharf, turns right on to the Esplanade and travels up onto Commercial Road before taking his place as leader of the parade.

Living Lerwick Director, Steve Mathieson said: “In Shetland we like to be a little bit different and I think our Christmas parade reflects that. We use it to celebrate our young folk, our culture and our independent nature. Where else could you find a parade running through a street full of independent businesses with Santa, a goat, lots of hairy Vikings and nursery bairns taking centre stage?”

The Christmas lights (provided by the businesses in the area through Living Lerwick) will be switched on by Peerie Foxes nursery bairns waving their magic wands as they pass. This year’s Jarl Squad will be out as part of the parade and the brass band will provide music as the parade progresses. The parade will pass through Commercial Street, down Church Road and finish up at the Market Cross to switch on the new Christmas tree lights to the sound of Christmas music.

Commercial Street will be closed to ALL traffic from 2pm to 5pm. Delays can be expected on the Esplanade from 3pm to 4.30pm. Based on previous years, there will be a lot of people in the area, so drivers are asked to take care.

Town centre businesses will have extended opening hours, advent boxes, naughty elves, events and special offers throughout the festive period. For more detailed information, check our events section and the Living Lerwick Facebook page.

Come along and have some Shetland style festive fun in your town centre!

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