An extravagant firework display lit up the skies over Dundee’s West End as a fortnight of festive events got under way.
Crowds gathered on the streets on Wednesday night for an evening of entertainment, kick-starting a packed programme of activities lasting for two weeks.
The night began at Dundee West Church with the West End Christmas Concert, with musical contributions from primary and secondary schools and hosted by Gordon Sharp.
The performance also included The Notables, a local community choir. Following the concert, the Mains of Fintry Pipe Band led everyone from the church to Seabraes for the lights switch on.
Loadsaweeminsinging, a community singing group based at the Dundee Rep Theatre, performed by the tree to warm up the crowd before Lord Provost Bob Duncan, ably assisted by Santa and his sleigh, turned on the light displays.
Later, the breathtaking fireworks display got under way.
Councillor Fraser Macpherson, who chairs the West End Christmas committee, said: “West End Christmas Fortnight is packed with events and we hope that, as in the past 16 years, the local community will take part.
“We are extremely grateful to all the local businesses for their support of the Christmas Fortnight, without which the events would not be possible.”
The events continue this weekend with a coffee morning, crafts activities and a mystery walk in the dark at Dundee Botanic Garden.
Other main West End Christmas Fortnight events include another lights switch on in the West Port at 6.30pm on December 1.
The Dundee Museum of Transport is contributing vintage cars for a motor cavalcade in the West End shopping areas on December 3 at 1pm, accompanied by carol singers at the Sinderins.
The festivities come to an end on December 6 with a candlelit community carol concert at Logie St John’s at 6.30pm.
Meanwhile, Stobswell will host its Christmas light ceremony on Thursday night from 4.30pm, while Broughty Ferry will welcome thousands to its annual celebration from 6pm.