FESTIVE cheer will be coming to Llangollen this weekend as it hosts its Christmas festival.

A scaled-down version of the event will be taking place from 2pm on Saturday (November 27).

It will be a smaller version than usual due to the Covid-19 restrictions which will be in place, in order to avoid large crowds gathering.

Instead of the usual parade, this year’s celebration of Christmas will centre on a programme of top-class entertainment in Centenary Square.

The highlight of the afternoon’s activities will come at 5pm with the ceremonial switching on of the Christmas lights along Castle Street by Sion Corn - the Welsh Father Christmas - and end with a bang as proceedings are rounded off in traditional style with a spectacular firework display.

Taking the stage in a Christmas gazebo on the square during the afternoon will be talented performers from the Young ‘Uns, the junior section of Llangollen Operatic Society.

Llangollen Silver Band will also be in attendance, as well as Chris Burton, Leonie Kirby and the Melodics Choral Group plus Karl Joseph.

At 3pm Sion Corn, in his traditional green and white robes, will make an appearance in Centenary Square.

Once again this year the festival committee is hosting its popular Christmas Scarecrow Trail.

Throughout December they are encouraging people to come up with some creative and colourful entries.

It was held last year and even during the pandemic it managed to attract over 50 inventive entries.