THE festive season arrived in Clackmannan at the weekend with dazzling celebrations for young and old.

Residents flocked to the town hall on Sunday, November 25, as the Light Up Clackmannan event, organised by Clackmannan Development Trust for the fifth time, got underway in the afternoon.

Locals had the chance to browse the quality goods at the craft fair, children could get arty and crafty at the elf workshop and enjoyed performances by pupils from Just Dance Elite Dance Studio before refuelling with Bargains & Bites.

Santa's grotto was also set up at the Bruce Lounge where he was happy to listen to children's wishes.

On the Main Street, cheerleaders from Lornshill Academy, as well as Fuzzy the juggler with his glow-in-the-dark Penny Farthing, added more live entertainment to the bill.

After dark it was time for the procession to the Tolbooth, led by Tulliallan and Clackmannan Pipe Band, in the lead up to the switch on of festive illuminations.

Before the lights came on there was carol singing with Clackmannan Primary School's Glee Club, Clackmannan Parish Church Choir and Clackmannan Brass Ensemble.

Local joint young heroes Lauren McCabe and Sophie Allan had the honour of flicking the switch and lighting up Clackmannan, bringing a glow to the town in the darkest months of the year.

In a social media post, the organisers said: "Feeling very proud of our young Clackmannan folk yesterday!

"Fab performances from Lornshill cheerleaders and Clackmannan Primary Glee Club, getting everyone in the festive spirit with some Christmas carols.

"Lauren and Sophie were both selected as our joint local heroes for 2018 for all their contributions to the community and did the honours of switching on the Christmas lights.

"Bobby-Jo did a brilliant job as joint 'head elf' with Sophie in the arts and craft workshop keeping all the little ones entertained

"And it was great to see local entrepreneurs Kyle and Cameron displaying their craft and making some sales at their stalls in the town hall."