Glasgow Christmas lights in the city centre in 1966.

Christmas Lights Scottish Heritage: Here are 17 pictures from the 1960s of Scotland lit up for Christmas

They are very much part of the Christmas traditions – with Scotland’s town’s and cities covered in festive colour from the start of December.

Christmas trees, strings of electric lights and other public displays of festival cheer started to become popular in the early 20th century and were commonplace by the 1940s.

The big lights switch-on has become a popular way to begin the build-up to the big day, with celebrities often drafted to flick the switch in front of thousands of eager spectators.

For over 30 years Edinburgh has been gifted a tree – displayed on The Mound – from the people of Hordaland and Vestland County Council to think Scotland for the supprt they gave to Norway during World War 2.

Meanwhile, Glasgow’s lights switch-on is so popular that the 10,600 tickets for the event in the city’s George Square are now allocated by ballot.

Here are 17 pictures to take you back to Scotland’s Christmas lights of the 1960s.

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