IT usually attracts tens of thousands of visitors thanks to the spectacular 42ft Christmas tree – but the owners of one of Scotland’s oldest shopping centres are hoping this year’s lights switch-on could reach a global audience of millions.

Due to social distancing restrictions, shopping centres are unable to host their usual events that mark the start of the festive shopping frenzy.

To provide a bit of much-needed cheer, the owners of Princes Square have decided to stream this year’s event on Facebook, complete with a countdown for little ones from Santa Claus.

The centre is also running a competition giving families the chance to win a spectacular Christmas make-over for their home.

The virtual event will be held tomorrow from 6.45pm, hosted by TV and radio presenter Jennifer Reoch, with the switch flicked at 7pm.

The Shine Theatre Company will also be taking part in a socially distant performance of Christmas favourites and viewers will be treated to a time lapse of the centre’s signature Christmas tree being constructed.

Jennifer will announce the competition live tomorrow night which will include a professional Christmas home make-over with a 6ft decorated Christmas tree and outdoor lights by the Christmas Decorators, who will also remove the deccies at the end of the festive season.

Katie Moody from Princes Square said: “We know this has been a difficult year for everyone but we still wanted to make it special and hopefully we’ve brought a bit of Christmas cheer for families to enjoy at home.

“Children won’t get the chance to visit Santa – so we’ve brought him to them.

“The competition is an added extra to make someone’s Christmas special and give something back to our loyal customers.”

Princes Square opened in its current format as a shopping and dining destination in 1988. Now owned by Redevco, the centre has undergone a £7.5 million refurbishment and boasts big-name designers and brands including Vivienne Westwood, Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Kate Spade and Vidal Sassoon, as well as restaurants and bars.

To enter the Christmas competition visit the Princes Square website at