A handy guide to Frequently Asked Questions for this weekend’s Perth Christmas Lights Switch On.

Perth Christmas Party Weekend Enquiries Line – 01738 474510 
(9am to 10pm – Saturday 18th Nov Only)

Parking and Transport

What are parking arrangements and where would be best to park?

We recommend parking in one of our Long Stay Car Parks at the South Inch, Thimblerow, or Canal Street so that you can spend as long as you like in the City Centre. You can also choose to use the Park and Ride at Broxden which has a service into the city centre every 15 minutes with the last bus leaving the city centre to return to the Car Park at 9 pm


What are transport arrangements?

The bus and train network will be running their regular services so we recommend that where possible you use public transport to get to Perth City Centre. You may also wish to take full advantage of the Stagecoach Nightrider fare https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east-scotland/nightrider

Disabled Access

What are disabled access arrangements?

Access to the disabled viewing platform is via the Watergate at the car park for 2 High Street. A steward will be on hand to direct you to the raised viewing area outside St Matthews Church. If you have a carer with you they will also be able to access this area via the same route.

Information Points and Lost Property

Where are key information points?

One Info point are located on the High Street and St John’s Street

Where is the Lost Property?

Lost property should be handed into the Information Points and they will be able to assist with the queries

Are there plans for Meet and Greets?

There are currently no plan for Meet and Greets


What are exact timings / stages?

All the information is available online at https://www.perthcity.co.uk/perth-christmas-lights-switch-on-weekend/


Cost of the Event

How much does this cost to put on?

All of this information will be released as part of the economic impact study of the event prior to the end of the year.


Is this a free event to attend?

Yes this is a free event to attend although there may be charges for some of the attractions and entertainment such as the Fun Fair


Are all the activities free?

There is a cost for the following activities:

  • The Snow Globe
  • Ice Rink
  • Fun Fair
  • Ice Maze



Future Events and Social Media

Are there any plans for Hogmanay?

In Perthshire the 2 key New Year events are the Comrie Flambeaux and the Pitlochry New Year Day Street Party – full details of which can be found online at https://www.perthcity.co.uk/city-perth-winter-festival-2017/


How do I keep up to date with future events?

Follow us on social media, sign up for our e- newsletters or check the What’s On page at perthcity.co.uk


Where can I send my images?

You can post them on our Facebook page or send them to info@perthcity.co.uk – by passing your images to us for use you will be allowing us to reuse the images at a future date. Please use the #perthwinterfest so we can find your images


Fireworks and Light Switch On

Are these events suitable for pets?

Pets and their well-behaved owners are encouraged at all our events – however please note there will be loud music, pyrotechnics and crowds.


Where is the best viewpoint for stages?

The best view for the Main Stage is on Tay Street or from one of the 3 large screens ( 2 located in Tay Street and one on the High Street)


Who will be switching the lights on?

The lights are switched on by the Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dennis Melloy. There will be specially invited guests joining the Provost on stage.


If we just want to see the Fireworks what time are they on and where is the best place to see them from?

The fireworks will be set off at 6.15 after the lights switch on. You can see them from both the Smeaton’s and the Queens Bridge and Tay Street (if you don’t want to join the crowds for the stage we recommend the bridges).


Where are the Big Screens located?

There will be 3 big screens that are located on the High Street at the junction with St John Street and 2 on Tay Street. There will also be a large screen over the stage.



Event Safety

Are there any anti vehicle barriers in place for the event?

Full Road closures are in place and suitable anti-vehicle barriers will be installed. All of the emergency services are actively involved in planning for this event and advice taken from them in relation to crowd safety both before and during the event.

What do I do is I need First Aid?

Contact the nearest Steward or member of Council Staff who will contact a trained responder


Where can I stand to see the parade?

The route for the parade is slightly different this year. The parade will start at Thimblerow and go along the New Row until it joins South Street and will then continue along South Street where it will finish at the Watergate./Speygate. We recommend standing anywhere along South Street to see the parade

What time does the parade start?

The parade starts at 5.30 and finishes at 5.50

Can anyone join the parade?

Feel free to follow the parade along the route once all the participants have passed. The parade is for invited groups only.

Where is the best place to watch the parade?

We recommend finding a space on South Street to watch the parade. Get there early as it does get busy.

Are all the acts taking part in the parade?

Alesha Dixon, Boyzlife & East17 are joining the parade


Where are the toilets located?

There are toilets in the St John’s Shopping Centre which is open until 7pm. There are also portaloos at the Horsecross Plaza, Georgian Lane  and on South St John’s Place. The public toilets in Ropemakers Close are also open. There is a Pamiloo that will be located in St John Street.

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