Lewis Wind Power, the developer of the proposed Stornoway and Uisenis wind farms, is a sponsor for this year’s festive lights and switching on ceremony on December 7 in Stornoway, the town’s Amenity Trust has announced.

Will Collins, Project Manager for the company, said: “We know that the Christmas lights are an important part of the run up to the festive period across the country, so we are delighted to do our bit to help make sure that Stornoway again has a great display at the very heart of the town.

A Stornoway Amenity Trust committee spokesperson stated: “The Christmas lights are a big part of the festive celebrations for the people of Stornoway and they can only happen with the support of local businesses and charities.

“Finding the funding for these types of events is becoming harder each year so it’s great that LWP are supporting the 2018 initiative along with the Western Isles Lottery and others.

“We now look forward to welcoming the local community along to the Town Centre for the ‘switch on’ which is on Friday 7th December.”

This year’s event is planned to include an evening of entertainment in the town centre, showcasing Stornoway at its best over the festive period.

The switch-on Event will get underway at 4.30pm when the Town Hall doors open to the public. In addition to an array of Christmas stallholders, the first of two free performances by Dazzling Entertainments is scheduled for 5pm. Following the switch-on at 7.30pm, a second performance will be at 8.15pm. 

A Santa Dash and Character Fun Run is scheduled for 6.30pm leaving from the Pier.

Santa is traditionally piped into Perceval Square by the Lewis Pipe Band and this year he will be accompanied by an torchlit parade, LED Winged Dancers, neon-lit bikers and more, starting at 6.45pm. 

Artizan Cafe on Church Street will be open to the public on the night serving Mulled Wine as well as many more themed delicacies.

An Lanntair Arts Centre are hosting Christmas Decoration Making Workshops between 6 and 8pm.

The Hebridean Tea Store will also be open for refreshments and Porkies Grill & Fish Bar will be in the square.

Youngsters can visit Santa in his ever-popular Grotto at Pointers Youth Cafe.

The Stornoway Amenity Trust hopes everyone will attend and enjoy what is promising to be an excellent family night. 

Photographs from the 2016 Christmas Lights event