RENFREW will be sparkling when the town’s Christmas lights go on this Saturday.

A host of free family activities will be on offer, topped by a fireworks finale.

The fun will begin at the town hall at noon with children’s drop-in craft workshops.

These run until 4pm and will feature face painters and a balloon modeller.

Little ones can also enjoy performances of Ssh, Elves are very shy, by Ipdip Theatre, from 12.30pm.

Spaces for this are limited and can be booked through Eventbrite.

Children can also visit Santa in his High Street grotto from noon, with his reindeer helpers on hand to meet everyone.

Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir will add to the festive atmosphere, while Renfrew Burgh Band will entertain crowds with a half-hour show from 3pm.

A funfair will also be on from noon until 6pm in Charles Avenue car park.

Building up to the switch-on will be Gus, from Pulse FM, and Paisley’s Got Talent winner Hollie Robinson, along with the Rockus Community Choir.

At 5pm, the lights will be switched on by Provost Lorraine Cameron and this will be followed by the fireworks display.

The stars of next year’s switch-on are already being lined up too, as Kirklandneuk Primary pupil Amy Smith secured her spot on stage after winning a contest to design a light which will be made and lit up in 2018.

Residents should be aware there will be a series of temporary road closures and parking restrictions in place until after the event.