Fife’s largest Christmas Lights Switch On party was held in Kirkcaldy High Street on Sunday (18th November 2007) and was considered a huge success by Kirkcaldy Town Centre Management.
People from all over Fife and beyond came to enjoy the range of high quality and popular family entertainment on offer throughout the afternoon. Despite a recent lull in trade, the town centre retailers also gave it a thumbs up at a time with tills ringing and signalling the start of the Christmas shopping period.
The afternoon began at 12 noon with The Mercat Shopping Centre’s annual Santa’s Reindeer Parade which drew a huge crowd into the town centre. This year, the Parade was joined by popular children’s character “Dora The Explorer” whose appearances throughout the afternoon were extremely well received with hundreds of children flocking to her. The final piece of the jigsaw came from a theatre group performing “The Gingerbread Man” shows during the afternoon.
Kirkcaldy Town Centre Manager, Sunil Varu, said,
“Without doubt, Sunday’s Switch On was the busiest during my time and I was delighted so many people came out in support of the event which they thoroughly enjoyed. The panto style Gingerbread Man shows held the attention of the crowds all afternoon while the Reindeer are always popular.
However, I was astounded by the reaction of children – and some adults! – to Dora The Explorer whose walkabout appearances led to massive crowds everywhere. She was very much the pied piper of Kirkcaldy! There will undoubtedly be some great photographs and memories of the buzz created by the entertainment for all those who attended on Sunday”.
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