CHRISTMAS has arrived in Peebles as the town gears up for its Switch On event on Sunday.

Peebles Christmas Lights Association has worked tirelessly to ensure that the lights and market fill the town with colour and festive cheer.

On Sunday (November 27) the Christmas market along the High Street will open at 3pm, with performances by Nomad Beat, The Taylor Brothers, and Kingsland Primary School choir, on a stage outside the County Hotel.

And at 5.30pm Beltane Queen Elena Chrystie, with the help of Father Christmas, will switch on the lights. In addition to the market, there will be funfair rides and a Santa’s grotto.

The Christmas lights have been sponsored by Stobo Castle and Glenrath Farms.

Next weekend will have plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift for loved ones, or something special for yourself.

On Saturday, December 3, Nomad Beat will host a Christmas Craft Fair in the Burgh Hall from 10am-4pm.

The fair will include stalls selling jewellery, furniture, ceramics, knitwear and a range of food stalls.

Tea and coffee will also be available during the fair.

Then on Sunday, December 4, at the Drill Hall, shoppers can enjoy the Peebles Christmas Makers Market from 10am-4pm. With more than 30 stalls selling a range of gifts, treats, Christmas wreaths and more, you’re bound to find something amazing for family and friends. There will also be the chance to write a letter to Santa before meeting him in person. Meeting the big man costs £2.50 (cash only) and all proceeds will go towards local charities.