THIS year’s Hogmanay celebrations in Stirling will see fireworks launched simultaneously from both the castle and the Wallace Monument.

It is promised to be a stunning display and a spectacular climax to the celebrations in the city, heralding in 2019, the 150th anniversary year of the monument.

Festive celebrations will, of course, start much sooner than that with a programme of events and the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

It will all be officially kicking off on Sunday, November 18, at 2pm in the city centre with musical and festive entertainment.

The Stirling Santa Parade with Father Christmas and his reindeer will start at that time outside the Albert Halls.

The free Capital FM Radio Roadshow will be blasting festive tunes from the foot of King Street from 2.10pm.

As well as competitions and giveaways, there will be live performances from a range of different musicians to keep all ages entertained, right up until the big Christmas Lights Switch On at 5pm, with a special musical guest continuing the stage entertainment until 5.40pm.

Further down the line, a Hogmanay event on Monday, December 31, will include two family ceilidhs at the Tolbooth and the Albert Halls and two outdoor evening events on the castle esplanade.

Councillor Chris Kane, convener of the Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, said: “Stirling is the perfect location to spend time with your family this festive season.

“The ever popular Winter Festival programme this year takes place in more venues than ever across the city centre.

“With music events, Christmas markets, food and drink festivities and plenty of family entertainment there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“Stirling will be a hub of activity with fantastic shopping from high street stores to independent boutiques and plenty of welcoming places to eat and drink.”

Ken Thomson, of Stirling District Tourism, added: “The Hogmanay fireworks at The National Wallace Monument will signal the start of a truly spectacular year for the attraction.

“Having originally opened in 1869, 2019 marks the Monument’s 150th anniversary, during which time it has become a world-famous landmark, representing Stirling and telling the story of William Wallace to millions of visitors, an achievement of which everyone in Stirling can be proud."

Visit Culture Stirling and Stirling Winter Festival for tickets, details and the full programme.