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CHAL­FONT St Giles is set to be trans­formed into a daz­zling win­ter won­der­land on Satur­day.

The fes­tive sea­son will be in full flow as Santa ar­rives for the an­nual Christ­mas lights switch on in the vil­lage.

Or­gan­is­ers are buzzing with ex­cite­ment at the event, tra­di­tion­ally used to mark the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. It is or­gan­ised in con­junc­tion with Busi­ness and Traders for Chal­font St Giles and Churches To­gether.

Kath­leen Turner, who has been one of the or­gan­is­ers for about 10 years, said: “It should be good, Christ­mas fun.

“I do look for­ward to it, it’s good. It’s the start of the Christ­mas sea­son.

“We just hope the weather stays fine. All the kids walk with their lanterns lit from school. They look for­ward to it.”

School chil­dren will be­gin the fes­tiv­i­ties at 5.50pm as they walk down from school with the lanterns be­fore en­ter­tain­ing the crowds with carol singing on the Vil­lage Green at 6pm.

This will be fol­lowed by a count­down to switch­ing on the Christ­mas tree lights.

At 6.30pm, Santa will ar­rive with gifts for all the chil­dren.

There will be food and drinks, plus stalls and supporters of vil­lage groups and char­i­ties, along with a merry-gor­ound.

Christ­mas spirit: Chil­dren gather at last year’s event in Chal­font St Giles

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