All eyes turned to the sky in Paisley last night for the town's annual Christmas lights switch on.

More than 21,000 people turned out to the event in the town centre, marking the beginning of the festive season.

Families enjoyed a day of free Christmas activities, with Renfrewshire's Provost Lorraine Cameron lighting up the town with Santa and X Factor stars Reggie 'N' Bollie.

They were helped by 11-year-old Taylor McPherson from St Peter's Primary School, who won the annual Christmas card design competition.

Glasgow Times:

The switch on came after a 300-strong Christmas parade through the town featuring festive floats, characters and choreographed displays from local groups and professionals.

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And hundreds of visitors took a spin in the town's new Winter Roller Disco.

Renfrewshire’s Provost, Lorraine Cameron said: “The Paisley Christmas Lights Switch-On is one of the big events in the winter calendar and this year didn’t disappoint with a packed programme with something for everyone.

“It was a great way to celebrate the start of the festive season and it was wonderful to see so many families and young people coming into the town to take part in the day.

“I’d like to take this chance to wish everyone a peaceful and Merry Christmas when it comes.”

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The festive fun continues across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday, 23 November and Johnstone on Saturday, 30 November.

Glasgow Times:

Tonight, Glasgow's George Square will come alive with the annual switch on event, where thousands are expected to come together under the stars.