PEOPLE in Dollar last weekend took the chance to get into the festive spirit with a string of events.

Dollar Events, the community council’s dedicated team, pulled out all the stops to put on this year’s Dollar Winter Festival.

It all started on Friday, December 6, evening with Santa coming to tour the streets just like in previous years.

Many young people braved the cold to see Father Christmas pass by on his colourfully lit up sleigh and at this point the weather was still relatively kind.

The tour was designed to take in as many streets as possible and lasted several hours.

Santa was back in action the next day when he set up his grotto at the Hive, the former civic centre, for the Christmas Market.

Children again came to see him in numbers while a wide range of stalls with a variety of gift ideas were also on offer with a marquee all set up by volunteers.

Some charities and local groups were also represented and involved.

People kept warm with teas, coffees and mulled wine while a BBQ was also fired up outside to make sure no one went hungry.

Entertainment for the day included singing by the local Strathdevon Primary School’s choir as well as a display by Dollar Dance.

A rather busy Saturday then came to a close but it was not the end of the festivities yet as Sunday saw a procession to the Memorial Gardens, where people had the chance to come together and sing, led by Hillfoot Harmony.

The weekend’s events ended with the official switch on of Christmas lights, marking the start of the festive season in town.

Thanks were given by the community council’s Stephen Leitch to the volunteers who helped out with hats off to the events team for organising it all.

Further messages of appreciation go to H&K Crawford Electrical and JM Joiners for sponsorship, Clacks' Lord Lieutenant Johnny Stewart for donating the Christmas tree, as well as to other local business for help including the Co-op and Dollar Deli.

Also thanks to local community police for helping at the procession, which was well attended especially considering the miserable weather.

Next for the events team will be next year’s Dollar Duck Race.