THE community in Dollar at the weekend came together for their best Christmas fayre and lights switch on event the town has seen in recent years.

The town's iconic Santa tour kicked off at 5.30pm on Friday, December 2t, and travelled across Dollar until 9.30pm, engaging with as many families and children as they could.

On Saturday, December 3, the Christmas Fayre was set up with around 30 local traders setting up stalls to sell festive trinkets.

Stephen Leitch, board member for Dollar Community Development Trust, was pleased with the turn out, describing it as the biggest the town has had in years.

He said: “It was one of the best years we’ve had for a few years and thankfully the weather was kind to us.

“As ever, these things only work so well due to the good heart of the volunteers.

“The Grotto was a success as well, it was literally non-stop for the three and a half hours it was on.”

The procession started at 4.30pm and set off from The Hive to the Dollar Memorial Garden, with an estimated 300-400 people taking part.

Santa himself was joined the Dollar Gala King and Queen for the Christmas lights switch-on before a rendition of Jingle Bells led by the children.

“It all went very well,” Stephen added.

“As ever, one must give out great thanks to the Community Events team who worked very hard over the last few days.

“The board at Community Development Trust extend their great thanks to the Community Events team and all the other volunteers who came out to help.”