Anstruther Christmas celebrations kick off on Friday, Dec. 7 with a reindeer-led Christmas Parade, followed by other events and activities that evening and weekend. The local merchants association, TEAM Anster, has been diligently fundraising as they especially wanted the reindeer back as part of the parade as their absence has been missed over the years — and they’ve done it!
An open meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7pm in the Meeting Room of the Anstruther Town Hall will provide more details — and EVERYBODY is invited to attend! Volunteers to marshall the parade — walking ahead and behind the parade as escorts — are especially needed on the night.
Local groups, organisations, church/school/play groups, and others are invited to participate by walking in the parade as everyone gathers to light the harbour-front tree and welcome Santa Claus with his escort of reindeer.
Musicians, entertainers, jugglers — anybody who can help charm and entertain a crowd of all ages is also invited to kick the fun up a few notches!
Santa and parade participants will meet at 6pm at Ladywalk House before setting off for the harbour side. Traditional carol-singing will lend a Christmasy air, as the Christmas tree lights are switched on.
Reindeers will be escorting Santa Claus and many will be happy to see them again as a part of Anstruther’s Christmas festivities.
After the tree lighting, the parade will continue to Rodger Street, where the reindeer will enter a penned-in area on High Street East (near Play.Art.Create and the Community Kist) so they can be looked at and petted, and Santa will enter his grotto in the Sweetie Shop to begin visiting with kids.
Late-night shopping after the tree lighting helps people plan their gift-giving by looking at the goodies for sale, and The Bank will have its’ Beer Garden Christmas Fayre — always great fun — in full swing.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the fourth annual Community Council Kidz Christmas Party takes place at Erskine Hall from 1-4pm, entry of £2pp includes hot/cold drinks and snacks, a disco, bouncy castle, and visit from Santa Claus with gift bag.
Sunday, Dec. 9, has Tabletop Games in the afternoon at Dreel Halls — plan your strategy, use your deductive reasoning — and friendly-clobber your opponent over a variety of board games!
Other local businesses are still putting plans in place, so updates will follow as details are provided.