Around Oban with Kay McDonald – 21.11.19

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Time seems to be flying by at the moment, it’s barely Monday before it’s Sunday again.

I usually look forward to a wee lull after the summer season finishes and the run- up to Christmas begins, but this year it hasn’t happened. The season has just finished and here we are getting ready for Christmas – where did it all go?

Again we’re heading into a really busy weekend full of fantastic things to do, see, hear and eat and drink but for me the crowning glory is the Reindeer Parade on Saturday night.

I love everything about it, from the excitement of seeing the first reindeer unloaded and led into their pen at the Corran Halls to the anticipation of watching for Santa arriving at his sleigh, and the sheer joy and excitement on the children’s faces as the parade begins and we follow the pipe band down George Street culminating in the switching on of the Christmas Lights, especially the tree in Argyll Square.

It’s magical, especially if it’s a clear, crisp night like the ones we’ve been lucky enough to have lately (fingers and toes crossed please).

This year Santa and the reindeer have an extra wee job to do before the main event as they’re nipping up to Eader Glinn for a wee visit with the residents, which will be followed by a Holly Tea at 1.30pm, to which everyone is welcome as they raise funds for the residents Comfort Fund.

Unfortunately the reindeer won’t be able to stick around as they have to have a rest before pulling Santa and his two companions through the town. Don’t forget to check the Town Diary and the Winter Festival events guide to keep up to date with everything that’s on.

The photograph last week was of a little window beside the door at Oban Parish Church which just caught my eye one day. This week’s is a bit harder but if you went to school in Oban it’s a blast from the past.