THE festive season officially arrived to Dollar at the weekend with Santa's annual tour of the town followed by the Winter Festival.

Father Christmas sleighed through as many streets as possible to make sure well behaved children will get they wish for on Friday, November 30, evening.

The weather fortunately remained dry for most of the tour with many families and smiling children popping out onto the street to welcome him.

It was onto the Dollar Winter Festival the next day at Market Park with a marquee hosting the Christmas market.

Santa was once again there, swapping the sleigh for his grotto, before once again embarking for the parade along Bridge Street.

Bringing a gift for the whole town, he announced the civic centre which used to be run by Clackmannanshire Council will be rebranded Dollar Hive with the Dollar Community Development Trust hard at work to secure a lease for the building.

Visitors to the market also enjoyed some entertainment with local dancers, crafts for children, hot food and drinks including mulled wine, following by a procession to the Memorial Gardens where community carols were led by Hillfoot Harmony.

The lights were then formally switched on by Dollar's Gala Queen Daisy Wilton and Gala King Archie Riddle.

A great turn out was hailed by Stephen Leitch of Dollar Community Council who thanked the events team and the vast number of volunteers supporting them with stewarding and labouring for all the hard work.

He said: "The singing in the Memorial Gardens was great, the number of people who stayed to take part was very heartening."

Thanks also go to the police for helping out at the procession local H&K Crawford Electrical, local joiner Jason McArthur, Harviestoun Estates for the tree, Brian Devlin Butchers for helping at the BBQ, Jan van der Merwe for photos and the Foundation Scotland's EDF Burnfoot Hill Community Fund for financial support.