NEILSTON is gearing up for a Christmas extravaganza this weekend as the village’s festive lights are switched on.

Live music, a Christmas market and a special guest appearance by Santa on his sleigh will all feature in a fun-packed evening on Sunday.

Event organiser, Councillor Paul O’Kane, said he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from the community to make it all possible.

This year’s event is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, allowing road closures for the parade, led by Neilston Pipe Band, to take place.

Councillor O’Kane said: “It’s always been a great event and it’s been so important to be well supported by our community groups. We couldn’t do it without them.

“I need to also say a big thank-you to Matt Drennan, of the Neilston War Memorial Association, who has been a huge help.

“I can’t wait to see Neilston people turning out in large numbers and having a good time.”

The fun starts at 3pm in Main Street, where cafes will provide food and drink for those coming along and stalls will sell Christmas goodies.

Children can make lanterns to accompany them in the candlelit parade, which starts at 6pm.

There will also be a draw to give youngsters the chance to ride in Santa’s sleigh and help him turn on the lights.

Filling the stage with festive music will be pupils from Neilston Primary and St Thomas Primary.

There will also be a fire engine from Barrhead Fire Station on show.

Those going along are encouraged to ‘give something back’ this Christmas by bringing a donation for a foodbank collection.