Christmas arrives in Brechin this Saturday

Christmas officially comes to Brechin this Saturday, December 8, when Santa arrives in Brechin High Street to launch the second annual ‘Christmas in the City’ event.

Events will take place across the day starting with a coffee morning and bake sale at Gardner Memorial Church from 10 a.m. to 12 noon followed by soup at 12 noon, and a coffee morning at Brechin Baptist Fellowship from 10 to 3 p.m.

The High Street, where the main stage will be located, will be closed to traffic from 11.30 a.m. It will play host to a range of entertainers ranging from choirs to street dancers.

Santa will arrive by horse and cart around midday to get things underway.

Live music will also be provided by ‘Sidekicks’ on the main stage throughout the afternoon.

When you get a bit hungry choose from either an outdoor barbecue located in St David Street, or eat in at one of the many cafés and restaurants in the city centre.

Many of the local retailers and eateries are offering generous discounts throughout the event, so there really is no better time to complete your Christmas shopping while enjoying the atmosphere of this exciting event.

If you’re looking for local Christmas gift inspiration then look no further.

Kids will love the free face painting at the Northern Hotel, while mum and dad can enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and even whisky tasting at various retailers throughout the day.

The event also sees the welcome return of the Joie de Vivre Craft Fair which can be found in the Mechanic Institute on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9.

Joie de Vivre organisers Carol Neil and Lis Hill have brought together another exciting range of exhibitors all of whom specialise in providing a top-class selection of handcrafted goods together with other exclusive products at competitive, affordable prices.

Each stall will feature its own unique range of items so this is a chance to beat the city crowds and find one-off gifts, add a few distinctive touches to your home, invest in a unusual item of jewellery or discover a must-have accessory to complete your festive season outfit.

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, the Brechin Christmas Craft Market is for you.

Admission to the event is free and opening hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., and 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the Sunday.

Later in the afternoon, the action moves to St Ninian’s Square, with events starting there at 3.30 p.m.

Brechin Pipe Band, Radio North Angus and local churches are just some of the entertainment on offer in the run up to the Christmas light switch on at 5 p.m.

Santa will take some time out from making toys to make a special visit to see all the children after the lights have been switched on.

Folk from near and far are encouraged to visit Brechin this Saturday to enjoy ‘Christmas in the City 2012’ and help support the city’s shopkeepers. You will be amazed at what Brechin has to offer.

After a busy Saturday Santa will stay in Brechin on the Sunday when he will visiting the Caledonian Railway for the hugely successful ‘Santa Special’ trains.