THE weather might have been a bit nippy but the conditions were perfect on Friday evening for the switch-on of the Cardenden Christmas lights.

The winner of the Cardenden Environment Group's design competition, Reno McNeill, saw his creation turned into a large motif which is now displayed among the Christmas lights in Cardenden over the festive period and was unveiled at the big switch-on at the Community Garden, at Derran Drive.

The switch-on event started at 4pm when there was carol singing and warm mulled wine on offer with the lights being officially turned on at 4.30pm.

There were also mince pies on offer for the grand turn out of people of all ages to see the lights turned on.

Said the Enviro Group's Vicky Murdoch: "The quality of the entries this year was outstanding and the judges had a hard job choosing a winner.

"Reno McNeill's design of Santa going down the chimney was made into a pole mounted motif and looked great among the other decorations."

The runners-up in the competition were Grant Page, Jacob Hendricks and Chelsea Graham.

The volunteers were delighted with the number of youngsters who took part in the switch-on and Santa played an important role in the afternoon's happenings!