THE WONDER of a West Linton Christmas is hard to beat.

From the Christmas Market to the traditional hog roast, the town transforms when the Christmas lights go on in late November.

This year's festivities start at 6pm on Thursday, November 26, and preparations are already at an advanced stage.

Organiser Calum Greenhow, who runs the village post office said: “We have got a lot of new lights this year and and we have had a lot of lights refurbished.

“We need to thank the Alice Hamilton Trust who have provided much needed funding. We have also received funds through the national lottery as well to buy new lights and refurbish the existing set we have.”

Shops will be opening late across the town, with many of them are doing special offers or food drink.

Calum said: “The village is brilliant when it comes to supporting things like this. It is something people look forward to and it’s always a special occasion.

“The Christmas Market has always been popular, and hopefully this year will be no exception. I know the organisers are going flat out to make it extra special this year. It's always a great chance to pick up that rare or individual gift.

“There will be great food available from the Pyet Deli and other places across the town. Some of the shots might be offering a glass of wine, whilst here at the Post Office, we are offering hot chocolate.

“People can come home, they can come down and get some food. Don't worry about cooking that evening, just head out onto Main Street, grab a bite to eat, soak up the atmosphere, and have a catch up with friends and neighbours.”

The Christmas Market opens at 6pm on Thursday, November 26, ahead of the big switch on at 7.30pm.