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Santa's Sparkle 2016
The Glenisle was proud to present the seventh year of Arran's fabulous Christmas Festival
This year, in conjunction with The Lamlash Bay Hotel, The Pierhead Tavern and The Drift Inn

12noon till late - Saturday 26 November, 2016

At the Glenisle Hotel, on the green opposite and throughout the village of Lamlash

We'll have pictures and videos of this year's event soon. In the meantime, here a some videos of last year's event, to give you an idea of what it's like.
The Schedule of Events
Friday evening, 25 November
  • 8pm - Kick Off Party at the Lamlash Bay Hotel
    Live music with Jonnie Scotland and a licensed bar.
  • 9pm - Cathy's "Naughty List" Quiz at the Drift inn
Saturday 26 November
  • 12noon to 6pm - The Christmas Market
    In the marquee on Lamlash green.
  • 12:30pm - Santa arrives with a Parade
    Santa will arrive by boat and then his parade will come from the Pier to the green in front of the marquee.
  • 12.45pm to 3pm - Come and meet Santa
    Santa will be in the marquee, ready to meet all the boys and girls and hear what they want for Christmas.
  • 1pm to 3pm - Little Fire
    Live music at the PHT. Little Fire will sing Scottish songs and tell tales.
  • 1:30pm - The Sparkle Cheerleaders
    A Christmas cheerleading display on the green.
  • 2pm - Great Games for Kids
    Egg & Spoon Race and Three Legged Race on the green. Presented by Save the Children
  • 2:30pm - Arran's First Colour Run
    Get your coloured powder and shower the runners with a rainbow of fabulous colour. On Lamlash green
  • 3pm to 5pm - Christmas Stories & Songs for Little Ones
    Wonderful Christmas stories, beautiful picture books. Presented by Brodick Library. At the Drift Inn
  • 3pm - Talent Showcase - Young Musician/Entertainer
    Competitors age 5 to 13 in the first section of the talent competition at the PHT.
  • 3:30pm - Kathy's Christmas Cupcake Decorating
    At the Lamlash Bay Hotel. Suitable for all ages, get creative and have fun. You can have your cake and eat it! There will be a small charge to cover the cost of ingredients.
This schedule is subject to change without notice.
  • 4pm - Talent Showcase - Teenage Talent
    Competitors age 13 to 19 in the second section of the talent competition at the PHT.
  • 4pm - Gift-Making Workshop
    Make your own snow globe tea lights. Join the workshop in the marquee. £2 charge, just to cover the cost of the electrical light fitting.
  • 5pm - The Heather Queen, with Arran Brass, will light the Lamlash Christmas Tree
    On Lamlash Green opposite the Lamlash Bay Hotel
  • 5pm - Talent Showcase - Adult Musician/Entertainer
    Adult competitors in the final section of the talent competition at the PHT.
  • 5:15pm - Taiko drummers in the marquee
  • 5:45pm - Raffle Winners Announced
    The winners of Santa’s Raffle will be announced on Lamlash Green
  • 6pm - Glenisle Christmas Tree Spectacular
    The lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas tree. Accompanied by music, lights and fireworks
  • 6:15pm - Talent Showcase Winners Announced
    Finalists award & presentation plus music from the George Lindsay Blues Band at the PHT
  • 9pm - Live music with George Lindsay Blues Band at the PHT
  • 9pm - Sparkle Disco with DJ Tom Mcgarrigle at the Drift Inn
Santa will be here

Santa flew in from the North Pole especially to be here. He arrived with a wonderful parade from Lamlash Pier to the green.

He then met all the children to hear what they want for Christmas.
Christmas Tree Spectacular

Arran Brass played for the lighting of the Lamlash Village Christmas Tree on the Green.

Lights, fire, music and fireworks combined in a spectacular show to celebrate the lighting of the mammoth Glenisle Christmas Tree.
Arran's Musical Talent Showcase

Have you ever wanted to be in a band or entertain on stage? This was your chance to join professional and amateur musicians on stage at the Pierhead Tavern or simply go solo.

The PHT provided the audience, the backline and other musicians to help contestants shine in front of a panel of judges.

Colour Run for Fun

Bursts of fabulous colour and lots of fun. This was a quick, short fun run on Lamlash Green where the runners ran through clouds of glorious colour.

The Christmas Market

The best of Arran was on sale in the Christmas Market. Local craftsmen and women and a whole variety of Arran traders came from across the island to tempt visitors with treasures that you just can't find on the mainland.
  • Isle of Arran Distillery - selling the island's own, award-winning whiskies
  • Island Cheese - local Arran cheeses, Arran deli & giftware
  • Crafts & Company - Crafts and craft kits
  • Laura King Silver - Handmade silver jewellery
  • Tan Trix - Holistics and Gift Sets
  • The Wee Gem Shop - handmade jewellery & gifts
  • Charisma Lane - Hand-made candles, soap, bath products, hand-knitted goods, hand-made jewellery & more
  • Charlotte's Flowers - Christmas Wreaths and Decorations
  • The Boat House - Toys & Christmas Gifts
  • Tilly James' Designs - Arts & Crafts
  • Robert Grant - Wood Crafts
  • Arran Rocks - T-shirts and Arran merchandise
  • Arran Haulage - taking orders for animal feed, coal, gas
  • Floating Islands - Christmas-themed cakes and baked goods
  • Forever Living - Health & well-being products
  • Love Arran - Hand-painted stained glass panels, sea-glass light catchers, and pretty glass bunting
  • Jennifer Earle - Children's clothing
  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Christmas Stories & Songs for Little Ones

Fabulous Christmas stories and beautiful pictures books. Even some songs and games, too.

This was wonderful story-telling session Presented by the Brodick Library at The Drift Inn.

Kid's Fun & Games

Great games for kids.
  • Egg & Spoon Race
  • Three-legged Rage
On Lamlash Green. Presented by Save the Children

Kick-off Party on Friday evening

Jingle Jonnie Bells and Mulled Wine Party from 8pm

Yes, the party started on Friday evening with a great Kick-Off party at the Lamlash Bay Hotel. Jonnie Scotland played a foot tapping, through-the-ages repertoire and, of course, the crowd joined in.

Santa's Disco

Everyone danced the night away at Santa's Disco with DJ Tom Mcgarrigle.

At the Drift Inn from 9pm.

Festive Food & Drink on the Green

Fresh Food & Drink from the Glenisle BBQ & Bar

All food was hand-prepared from the finest local ingredients by the Glenisle Restaurant's own chefs in the hotel and on the barbecue on the green.

The choice included...
  • Hamburgers made by Arran Butchers from Scottish beef
  • Hot Dogs from local Arran sausages
  • Specialty barbecue
  • Vegetarian options available in the Glenisle Bistro
  • Home-made mince pies, shortbread & tablet
  • The Glenisle's notorious mulled wine
  • Speciality Christmas Coffees in the Glenisle
  • Arran beers
  • Arran whisky
  • plus a full range of soft drinks
All meats supplied by Arran Butchers
All buns and rolls supplied by Wooleys, Brodick




The Lamlash Bay Pizza Stand

Thin crust, mouthwatering, stone based oven pizza, freshly prepared in the kitchens of the Lamlash Bay Hotel and available by the slice.
Who makes it all possible...







Santa's Sparkle is a great, big, fun Christmas party but, of course, it takes a lot of work and so many people and organisations contributed their time and effort to make it a special event for the entire island.

Sponsored by...
Santa's Sparkle is sponsored by the Glenisle Hotel in association with The Lamlash Bay Hotel, The Pierhead Tavern and The Drift Inn with Arran Events, Visit Arran and Santa Claus.

With Special Thanks to...
North Ayrshire Council, Business Gateway Arran and Cumbrae, Neil Young Joinery, Lamlash Improvements, Lamlash Church, Arran Brass, Armitage Groundworks, Lamlash Primary School, The Co-op, Ocean Breeze RiB Tours, Russel & Elspeth Cheshire, Sheila Gilmore, Cecilia Paul, Stuart Turner, Friederike Lorenzen, Anne & Paul Smith, Sherie Walker, John Houston, David & Emma Ingham, Brenda & Jim Stewart, all the staff at the Glenisle Hotel, The Lamlash Bay Hotel, The Pierhead Tavern and the Drift Inn and everyone who helped out. The event wouldn't have been possible without them.



 
 
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