Jedburgh is a must-visit town when it comes to ticking off the Christmas shopping list.
This Royal Burgh is full of family-owned businesses and shops offering a wide range of goods and services to suit all pockets.
Nestling by the Jed Water and embracing the ancient abbey, the castle and Mary Queen of Scots’s House, this is indeed a place not to be missed.
Shopping is mostly compactly contained within the town centre, which is a welcome boon for the discerning festive shopper.
Shopkeepers are keen to help customers make the perfect purchase and many, if they don’t have exactly what you want, will order it for you.
Staff are welcoming and obliging and there are cafés, hotels and pubs if a break from shopping is required.
And Jedburgh is getting into the festive spirit with a number of events.
Tonight sees the pipe band concert in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms with tickets (£5) available from band members or from the clubrooms.
The night everyone is looking forward to is December 5 – the winter festival.
The parade starts from Jedburgh Grammar School at 5.30pm.
Jedforest Instrumental Band and the Royal British Legion Pipe Band will take part.
They will be joined by children from the town’s primary schools and grammar school.
And of course Santa has included the parade in his busy Christmas schedule.
At 5.50pm the procession will reach the ancient Market Square where Jamie McKenzie and the Oxnam Valley Voices will lead the carol singing. A magical moment comes at 6pm when the tree lights will be switched on.
The torchlight procession continues to the Town Hall where mince pies and mulled wine will be available and where Santa will be in his grotto.
And there will also be around 20 stalls selling festive goods. This is a night not to be missed – Jedburgh at its best.
Jedburgh Scout Group has organised a Christmas Fayre for December 6 (10am-noon) in Ancrum Village Hall.
On December 14 the festive cheer continues at St John’s Church in Jedburgh, where the Oxnam Valley Voices will perform their first Christmas concert at 3pm. Entry is by donation.
Jedburgh Instrumental Band’s Christmas concert takes place in the Town Hall at 7.30pm on December 20. Tickets are on sale in various shops throughout the town.
Yes, Jedburgh is well worth a visit this festive season.