Santa comes to town

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Crowds gave a warm Oban welcome to Santa when he came to town with his reindeer at the weekend.

Temperatures took a dip but a chilly Saturday night failed to put off young and old who headed to the Corran Halls to see the return of the town’s traditional Reindeer Parade after a Covid-break last year.

Bob and his neice at the Christmas fair. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn
Meet and greet with Santa in Oban at the Reindeer Parade.
Ladies and hounds setting off on Saturday’s Tartan Dash.

 

Oban Pipe band at Saturday’s Reindeer Parade.
Hurling the haggis at Ganavan shinty pitch as part of this year’s Oban Winter Festival programme.
Ganavan’s Tartan Dash.
Reindeers lead the way for Santa’s sleigh.
Santa gets ready to push the lights switch.
Santa with his sack of festive treats for the Oban crowd.

BID4Oban sponsored the 2021 parade led by pipers down George Street to Station Square for the Christmas lights switch-on.

Earlier on Saturday, Ganavan was the location for a Tartan Dash and a haggis hurling contest as part of the Oban Winter Festival programme that closed earlier this week with St Andrew’s Day celebrations.

Festival organisers were delighted with the 10-day event and have already started planning for 2022.

A Winter Festival spokesperson said: ‘We ended up with a 40-page programme, which was amazing seeing as it was all organised at such short notice. Because of Covid we were not sure we were even going to have a programme at one point at all but it came together well.

‘The markets were full, people turned out, bookable events were sold out and the lights up at McCaig’s Tower were fantastic.

‘It was great to see so many people coming together as a community and enjoying themselves. We’ll be back for more next year and those dates will be announced soon.’