Come and see Santa and his reindeer start the festive celebrations in Stirling city centre at our free family event. Santa’s reindeer will be outside the Albert Halls from 1.00pm then ready to set off in the street parade at 2.00pm. The parade will start from Corn Exchange, walk down King Street then along Murray Place and in to The Thistles before finishing at Santa’s Christmas home outside Boot’s.
The reindeer will then take a well earned break on Barnton Street until 3.15pm.
There will be a range of musical and festive entertainment on around the city centre throughout the afternoon. The radio roadshow will be keeping everybody entertained with their festive tunes from the foot of King Street from 2.10pm onwards. As well as competitions and giveaways there will also be live performances from a range of different musicians, to keep all ages entertained right up until the big Christmas Lights Switch On at 5.00pm. This year, we will also have some special musical guests to extend the celebrations and play on after the lights go on until 5.40pm.
More details on headline act and programme timings will be released nearer the event date.
Lantern Making Workshops
This year’s Hogmanay Parade featured illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which were produced and carried by members of the public, and were animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch and take part in.
In the run-up to the big procession on December 31st there was a series of workshops held in the Old Town Jail in Stirling.
The workshops were for everyone, including families / groups / friends as we wanted as many people to get involved in the parade as possible.
The workshops were arranged into two sessions per workshop day. Places were limited to 30 people per session (including children). Each person could book a maximum of two sessions, this was enough time to complete the lanterns.
Old Town Jail: began 19 November 2016
Fun for all!
The workshop sessions were fabulous and were quickly fully booked up. They were run by experienced carnival artists and were be lots of fun for adults and children alike.
Various dates throughout November and December 2016
Procession left Mars Wark
Participation in the parade was part of the requirement for workshop attendance as we needed you to carry all your fabulous lanterns!
There was various musical groups accompanying the lantern bearers and the theme was ‘It’s Time to Ring in the New Year!’. It was a lovely and enjoyable evening for participants.
Mars Wark: 18:30pm, 31 December 2016
Last year, we held a Carnival of Light and Sound with a parade through the city centre followed by entertainment at Port Street.
We also had a Midnight Moment of fireworks across the city skyline.
The Hogmanay Parade featured illuminated sculptures and lanterns, which were produced and carried by community groups, families, friends and children and were animated and enhanced by performances from musicians, bands and arts groups making it an incredible spectacle to watch and take part in.
Stirling has a proud tradition in spectacular and fun filled events for Hogmanay. Check back soon to see what we have in store for 2017/18.
This is an alcohol-free event and drinking is not be permitted on the event site.
Stirling has excellent public transport links and visitors were urged to use public transport wherever possible.
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