Thousands set to light up town
BEACONSFIELD is gearing up for a major Christmas event which is expected to attract thousands of people.
The Beaconsfield Festival of Lights will take place on Wednesday, December 9 in the New Town, with roads in the area closed off for the event.
It is organised by Beaconsfield Rotary Club and sponsored by businesses in the area, with money going to local causes.
In recent years, groups to have benefitted from the Beaconsfield Festival of Lights have included the Alzheimer’s Society, the South Bucks Hospice and St John Ambulance.
Main roads in the New Town will be closed, with a host of stalls and attractions lining the streets.
Between 4,000 and 5,000 people are expected to enjoy the fun, with highlights including a visit from Father Christmas on his sleigh, fairground rides and stalls, musical performances and a laser light show.
Stalls will sell a variety of items, and will also be used to promote charities and other organisations.
People will also be able to enjoy late night shopping at a host of locations in the New Town, with businesses staying open for the occasion.
In addition to this, children from schools around the town will take part in a lantern procession.
A statement from the rotary club said: “Every year, one of the highlights of the event is the procession of lanterns. The lanterns are made and decorated by the schoolchildren themselves with the support of their schools. We have over 300 children and their parents in the parade.”
The parade will start at Sunrise of Beaconsfield in Station Road, and will then progress through the town before finishing on the green outside the Town Hall.
It will be followed by Father Christmas, a fire engine, brass bands and local dignitaries.
Beaconsfield Festival of Lights will take place from 6pm until 8.30pm.
To find out more, go to www. beacons field festival oflights.co.uk.