THE festive season arrived with a bang in Renfrew as thousands gathered to see the town’s Christmas lights being switched on.

A fireworks display was the spectacular finale to Saturday’s event, which attracted around 4,000 people.

They were able to enjoy a host of free family activities at Renfrew Town Hall, including drop-in craft workshops.

Little ones also loved Ipdip Theatre’s interactive show, called Ssh, Elves are Very Shy, as well as visiting Santa and his trusty reindeers in his grotto.

Youngsters from the Kirklandneuk Primary School Choir added to the festive atmosphere, while members of Renfrew Burgh Band were on hand to provide some Christmas tunes.

A funfair and entertainment from Pulse FM DJ Gus were also part of the packed programme.

Renfrewshire Provost Cameron, who was among those in attendance, said: “It was great to see so many happy, smiling faces at the event and to meet so many local people.

“The children loved seeing Santa and his reindeer and the fireworks were a really special way to end a lovely event.”

Arkleston Primary pupil Erin Murray was on hand to help with the big switch-on.

She was handed the honour after winning the Provost’s Christmas card competition.

Paisley and Renfrewshire North MP Gavin Newlands, as well as a number of local councillors, also went along to lend their support.

Councillor John Shaw, who represents Renfrew North and Braehead, told The Gazette: “Everyone who was there seemed to have a really good time.

“There was an excellent turnout.”