Late-night festive shopping returns to the Broch

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Late-night shopping will return to Fraserburgh on Friday, November 30, from 6pm ‘til 9pm, the Fraserburgh Herald can reveal.

Every year this event goes from strength to strength, and this year will be no exception. The town centre event, in conjunction with many local groups, organisations and businesses, is expanding and growing - beating the trend of cutbacks.

The evening starts off with Santa leaving from the Hanover Street Car Park at 6pm with Grampian Police and Fire and Rescue, led by the Invercairn Flute Band.

A fantastic line up of entertainment will follow including the ever popular fireworks display from the Iceland rooftop, as well as carol singing by Fraserburgh Junior Arts Society and Churches Together. Local performer Jamie Bain will also feature, as well as a strong man demonstration in the Broadgate.

Meanwhile, Santa will be handing out free sweet treats from his Grotto at 23 High Street, where the artist engaged to decorate the new sport and leisure facility will also be based, looking for ideas and themes from local people.

An indoor Christmas fayre will also be held at 48 Broad Street.

In addition, shops and businesses in the town will support the event by staying open until late in the evening.

If you join the Done-Broch Christmas Shopping Crawl running until December 17, it may take you to stores you have never explored before or you may revisit forgotten shops and service providers. A cash prize of £200 would be a welcome addition to fund that Christmas shopping list if you are the lucky draw winner pulled from amongst all the completed Christmas Crawl maps.

As well as fun on some fantastic inflatables like Bouncy Castles children up to 16 can enter one or both Scottish window spotting competitions running from November 26 until December 17 with the chance to win £40 twice. Forms are available from participating shops and service providers.

James Watt and fellow presenters from Kinnaird Radio will be providing commentary, details of local special offers and music from Saltoun Square, once again volunteering their time to entertain the community. Watch out for Kenny King and his microphone too, as he speaks to you for the ‘live link’ with Waves Radio, who are sponsoring the ‘best Christmas display window’ this year, offering a cash prize of £50 in a draw of the voters for the winning shop, from 6pm ‘til 8pm.

The fun continues on December 1, when Santa again returns on the lifeboat to his RNLI Grotto in Saltoun Square.