The spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Montrose

Lois and Ella Mudie with their festive painted faces
Lois and Ella Mudie with their festive painted faces

Festive fever hit Montrose at the weekend as the town’s Christmas tree was turned on.

Montrose youngster Aidan Thompson switched-on the lights on Sunday (November 30) and was joined on stage by the big man himself, 
Santa Claus.

More than 400 people turned out in the cold winter air to watch the lights being turned on.

Santa, who was joined by Mrs Claus, was at the event in his grotto, which was visited by almost 90 children, who received a goodie bag and badge from Father Christmas.

Santa will be making appearances across Montrose throughout December. It costs £5 per child to visit him in his grotto with all the money going to a local cause or charity on Christmas Day and more than £400 was raised on Sunday.

The event was organised by Montrose Events. Tommy Stewart, secretary, said: “I was happily surprised at how many people turned out for the switch-on and how many children visited Santa’s grotto. We hope to do it again next year.”

Father Christmas was so popular that there was a two hour wait to see him 
at one point.

Tommy continued: “We wanted to give the children a great a experience and didn’t want it to just be a conveyer belt and have them come in, get their present and go out. Each child got about 10 minutes 
with Santa.

“One thing I was disappointed with is that someone stole the jack for the legs of the grotto which was underneath it. We had to source another one from someone who had a caravan.”

Montrose Events will be putting on another festive event later this month when the High Street is closed for the Montrose Spectacular.

On Saturday, December 20 between 12 noon and 10 p.m. and on Sunday, December 21 from midday to 8 p.m. the High Street will be closed off as stalls and rides, including waltzers and dodgems, come to town.

Tommy said: “This is the first time we have done this in Montrose, the former Christmas extravaganza was only on one day, not a whole weekend. If it is a success we will look at putting it on again next year.”

Montrose Events is urging everyone to avoid parking on the High Street on the Friday night (December 19) as the road will be closed off and drivers will not be able to access their vehicles until after 8 p.m. on the Sunday.

Businesses who have deliveries on the Saturday morning are asked to get in touch with Tommy on 07762382592.

Santa Claus in Montrose still has spaces for home visits and children can send their letters to him before Christmas Day and every letter is guaranteed a response from him. His special post box and the forms for the letters are available from the Not Just 4 Kidz shop in George Street. They are £3 per letter and all the money raised will go towards the charity fund.