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With the big Christmas switch-on coming up in Stornoway on Friday (December 7th) some people further afield have been trying to show how it’s done with creative takes on the Christmas tree.

In Ullapool, the celebrated creel tree has been recreated this year, bigger and better and topped by a festive crab. It’s been joined on the seafront at Ullapool by an illuminated lighthouse, also clearly visible to incoming ferry travellers.

Meanwhile in Tarbert, Peter Kwasniewski of the Isle of Harris Distillers has started a new tradition of his own, creating a spectacular tree for the distillery shop using the distinctive Harris Gin bottles – and yes, he says, they are full.

Woodlands café in the Castle Grounds is apologetic about what they call ‘the poorly decorated tree’ which has just gone up in the café – but there are chocolates hidden in the branches for anyone quick enough to get them!

For anyone after the real thing, both Maybury Gardens and Willowglen Garden Centre still have Christmas trees in stock.

Christmas tree update:

Since we published our pictures of some of the more unusual trees around, our gallery has grown – we thought you would like to see the splendid Stornoway airport tree and our own glittering tree in the office of Events and welovestornoway.com.

Today’s additions (Thursday December 6th) come from the Harris Tweed Authority in Stornoway Town Hall, who have shown us that Harris Tweed is a fabric for all seasons with this tweed-and-wool themed tree, and from the RNLI lifeboat station in Stornoway.

The RNLI are celebrating the lead-up to Christmas with twelve days of thank yous to people who have supported them through the year. The RNLI wellie on the top of their tree comes as a result of a generous donation from the pupils and staff of Sgoil and Rubha, who presented a donation of £353.26 in February this year.

Stornoway RNLI posted their thanks, adding: “Translating funds raised into realities for the local lifesavers and with RNLI crew yellow welly boots costing £54 per pair, that’s six and a half pairs of wellies!”

Does your tree deserve a place in our festive gallery?