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.
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.
Santa's Sparkle is sponsored by the Glenisle Hotel in association with
The Lamlash Bay Hotel
The Pierhead Tavern
The Drift Inn
and Santa Claus.
With Special Thanks to...
North Ayrshire Council, Business Gateway Arran and Cumbrae,
Neil Young Joinery
Lamlash Primary School,
Ocean Breeze RiB Tours
, Russel & Elspeth Cheshire,
Sheila Gilmore, Cecilia Paul,
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.