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Youngsters get chance to open Nairn’s Christmas celebration

By Andrew Dixon

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The event will feature horse and carriage rides.
The event will feature horse and carriage rides.

Children are being invited to submit a home-made Christmas decoration which will give them the opportunity to win the chance to open Nairn’s Christmas celebration.

Countdown to Christmas will take place on November 27 and will include entertainment, a street market, street theatre, horse and carriage rides and more.

It will take place in the town centre and the Links and will end with a fireworks display.

Posters have been distributed to schools and nurseries inviting children to submit a home-made decoration which will be used to decorate Nairn's Christmas trees. The names of those who take part will be put in a hat and one lucky winner will be given the opportunity to open the Christmas market with Santa.

Nairn BID manager Lucy Harding said: “Where possible we have tried to include different groups from across the town. Collaboration is key, and we have definitely achieved this with the Countdown to Christmas.

“Getting the young people involved is really important to the BID and it has been successful in the past. It also means that our town centre trees are adorned with hand-made crafts which have been made with love by local children.”

Nairn’s Countdown to Christmas is being supported by EventScotland through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund.

The event will begin at 10am and will close at 6pm after a short firework display which is being paid for by Nairn West and Suburban Community Council, as the money was originally raised from the community of Nairn specifically for a fireworks display.

Ms Harding said: “We are delighted to finally be bringing a short firework display to Nairn. The fireworks will be let off at the Links at 5pm. We are asking people to try and enjoy the fireworks from the comfort of their own location but if you do come to the Links be mindful of social distancing. We want to make this whole event a huge success but we also need to make sure we do it safely.”

Decorations need to be submitted to the Nairn Community and Arts Centre by November 25 and must be clearly marked with the child’s name and age and a contact name and telephone number.

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