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Mon 18 Nov 19

Kirkcaldy Christmas, a partnership between Mercat Shopping Centre and Kirkcaldy 4 All, got off to a sparkling start at the weekend as the hugely popular Reindeer Parade returned to the town.

The Mercat Reindeer Parade returned to Kirkcaldy for a remarkable 31st year led by the Kirkcaldy & District Pipe Band and followed by the Kingdom FM street team and characters from The Adam Smith Pantomime, Jack and The Beanstalk. Winding its way through the town – complete with Father Christmas and his sled, six reindeers including two baby reindeer and free antler hats – the festive favourite drew in huge crowds of happy families. One lucky participant, Zoe Harbour, aged 7 won a Kingdom FM competition to ride with Santa in his sleigh and a VIP visit with her family to see Santa in his Grotto.

Zoe’s mum , Emma said: “‘Zoe has had the most magical experience today with Santa and the reindeer, one that she will truly remember for the rest of her life! Thank you to everyone involved for making this day so special for my daughter.”

After the parade Father Christmas opened the Mercat Grotto which is now open on selected dates right up until Christmas Eve.

Mercat Centre Manager, Stephen Roberts, said: “We are delighted that the sun shone for our 31st Reindeer Parade and the response from the people of Kirkcaldy to the Parade and our grotto on Sunday was fantastic. It was amazing to see so many smiling, happy faces as Santa came to the town and it’s brilliant that so many people still line the route in their droves to take it all in and wear their antler hats too! We’re looking forward to seeing even more happy families as they visit Santa in his grotto and show their support for Kirkcaldy Town Centre by shopping locally in the run up to Christmas.”

Hot on the heels of the Reindeer parade, Kirkcaldy’s Christmas lights will be switched on this Saturday (23rd November). Families are invited to Charlotte Street (which will be closed off) for a fun afternoon of entertainment, music and refreshments, with another chance to meet the cast of Kirkcaldy’s pantomime. During the event, the lights on a giant Christmas tree outside Society will be switched on. One lucky child will push the button to light the tree by entering a competition run in conjunction with Kingdom FM.

Saturday also sees the launch of Kirkcaldy 4 All’s Christmas Star Trail. Thirty stars, some over a metre tall, will be appearing in shop windows in the town centre and a map will guide families to them. The stars have been decorated by local schools, charities and artists and some even by the businesses themselves. Families who spot all the stars will be entered into a prize-draw to win a £100 shopping voucher.

And for the adults, Kirkcaldy 4 All are organising a Candy Cane Cocktail Trail. Nine bars and pubs in Kirkcaldy will be selling special candy cane cocktails. They will also feature on a map, and those who post a selfie of themselves online enjoying their cocktail (or mocktail!) also have the chance to win a spot prize.

Manager at Kirkcaldy 4 All, Bill Harvey, said: “This is the third year we have worked with the Mercat at Christmas to bring some Christmas cheer to the town and help its local businesses. We have a whole programme of Christmas fun planned throughout the festive season. We are grateful to all the town centre businesses and local schools for supporting these initiatives so enthusiastically, and hope that the people of Kirkcaldy will also get behind us and come down to the high street and enjoy what’s on offer in the run-up to Christmas.”

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