Dumfries Xmas Lights Switch On

Joining a large crowd in communal revelry energises me so much and I only wish my photography can translate this excitement and festive atmosphere into images! Dumfries was celebrating the 2014 Xmas Lights Switch On in style with funfair rides, an ice rink and ski slope, stage performances and fireworks. Of course, crowds grew progressively bigger as the main 6pm event was approaching.

The youngest kids enjoyed the Cartoon Slide while the older ones felt the adrenaline of the Experience ride. An artificial ice rink was built at Queenberry Square and challenged its visitors to stay on their feet. At 5pm the Doonhamers were treated to a performance by the Scottish boy band Rewind which appearance was enthusiastically welcomed by teenage fans. Disney characters provided entertainment both on stage and on the streets.

I was meaning to catch up with the young Stovies presenting their anti-consumerism art project but by the time I reached them through the crowds they were already packing up their stall. Next year?

As Santa was building up the audience for the final countdown, Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Alison Hammond (who visited the town for a BBC Comic Relief special Strictly show launch) made a surprise appearance at the Switch On event.

The fireworks were fun!

One of the funfair rides in Dumfries town cemtre at Xmas Lights Switch On event

One of the funfair rides in Dumfries town centre at Xmas Lights Switch On event

Youngsters having fun on the Experience ride

Youngsters having fun on the Experience ride

The ice rink at Queensberry Square

The ice rink at Queensberry Square occupied by kids

Trying to keep on the their feet with the help of plastic penguins

Trying to keep on the their feet with the help of plastic penguins

I love the funny faces

I love these funny faces

At the icerink in Dumfries during Xmas Lights Switch on celebrations

Grown ups ready to come to the rescue

Cartoon slide enjoyed by the youngest visitors of Dumfries Christmas extravaganza

Cartoon Slide enjoyed by the youngest visitors of Dumfries Christmas extravaganza

Some kids were braver than the others

Some kids were braver than the others

Scottish boy band rewind performing on the Plainstanes stage in Dumfries

Scottish boy band Rewind performs on the Plainstanes stage in Dumfries

Greeted by adoring fans

Greeted by adoring fans

Disney characters on the streets

Disney characters on the streets

Santa starts the build up for the 6pm Christmas lights switch on

Santa starts the build up for the 6pm lights switch on

A toddler in the matching outfit from the crowd

A toddler in the festive red outfit from the crowd

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Alison Hammond make a surprise appearance at Dumfries celebrations

Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton du Beke and Alison Hammond make a surprise appearance

The crowd loved them

The crowd loved them

Fireworks start as the lights are gradually turned on

Fireworks started as the lights were gradually turned on

If you want to see more photos from this event please see my Flickr galleries about the ice rink fun and other festive activities at Dumfries Xmas Lights Switch On.