Light Up Portree
With news that The Highland Council no longer had a dedicated budget to provide Christmas trees and lights in Portree village a group of residents came together at the start of 2019, joining forces with the Portree and Braes Community Trust to ensure that Portree had Christmas lights for 2019 and for many years to come.
Plans were ambitious and an astonishing £30,000 was raised. This allowed the group to purchase a new Christmas tree and lights to decorate Somerled Square, Wentworth Street and surrounding streets. Funds raised also enabled the group to bring The Cairngorm Reindeers to town who joined Santa in a memorable parade through the village. From axe-throwing to a bucking reindeer there were activities for all ages and local charities joined in the fun providing games and festive food and drink.
Not willing to stop there the Light Up Portree group also delivered The Island Fling - a big Hogmanay hoolie in Somerled Square with food, music and dancing until the early hours. Attended by over 1000 people, both visitors and locals, and with great feedback this was an event which the group would like to continue to grow year on year.
If you would like to help organise any of Light Up Portree's festive celebrations please get in touch.