A group set up to revive Moray’s music scene is planning a festive extravaganza in Elgin.
The Lantern of the North initiative was devised to help young people develop an affinity with music, and to promote the region’s existing artists.
Gigs and events are regularly scheduled as part of the scheme, and organisers are now preparing for their biggest venture yet.
The group will transform the centre of Elgin into a Victorian-style winter wonderland, staging a variety of events harking back to Christmas in times gone by.
The group has teamed up with the committee behind the town’s Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere heritage trail project to hold a Very Victorian Christmas.
And one local musician, who owns a motorcycle shop, is offering up a brand new moped, worth £1,200, in an effort to support the big day.
Simon Watterson is managing director at North East Motorcycles at The Wards in Elgin, and is keen to help promote the regeneration of music in the area.
Mr Watterson, who performs as part of Edgar Road, said: “I’m keen to get more people into music, and I want to help Lantern of the North with that.
“We hope this can raise a good bit of money to support the whole day that’s being planned.”
The WK Bellissima 50 moped will reside at the shop until the Christmas event on Saturday, December 19, when the winner will be revealed.
Lantern of the North chairman Mark Conti added: “This is the biggest and most complex event we have organised.
“The money raised from the moped will go towards the cost of the event, it’s a great gesture from Mr Watterson.
“Our idea is to celebrate Christmas as it was before it became quite so commercialised.”
From 11am to 4pm the Joyful Noise Choir will sing traditional Christmas carols, and vocalists wearing Victorian garb will visit shops to perform festive tunes.
There will also be a bagpiper playing old Scottish music and the Bodysurf dancing group will perform.
And Lantern of the North has “gone to great expense” to arrange a classically dressed Father Christmas to attend the showcase.
Funds will be collected throughout the day in aid of TSI Moray’s Christmas lunch appeal – which aims to bring lonely people together for a meal on Christmas day.