Where will you see the big Christmas switch-on this year?
With Christmas just around the corner things are starting to feel a little festive and nothing kicks off the season quite like switching on the lights. QASIM PERACHA rounds up all our local events
Old Amersham’s Christmas lights will be turned on during the town’s late night shopping event on Friday December 2 in and around Market Square, High Street and The Broadway.
A Magical Christmas Evening is being held by the Old Amersham Business Association and attractions include an ice skating rink and Santa’s Grotto, with live reindeer. Parking is free and the lights will be switched on at 6pm.
The following day, Saturday December 3 will be Amersham on the Hill’s Christmas light switch-on will be held on Sycamore Road during the Amersham Christmas Festival. The festivities begin at noon and include a Santa’s Grotto and Fun Fair and a main entertainment stage outside St Michaels Church hall. The lights will be turned on at 4.30pm, followed by a ‘grand finale’.
On Thursday November 17, Aylesbury’s Market Square will host the Christmas Lights Switch on, followed by a fireworks display. Festivities begin at 5.30 with the lights being switched on at 7pm.
The Beaconsfield Festival of Lights is returning once again this year, on Wednesday December 14. The customary procession along station road will begin at 7pm from the Mercedes showroom and will continue up the road to the Waitrose roundabout. The festival itself starts at 5.30pm.
CHALFONT ST GILES
The Christmas Tree Lights switch on will be held on Saturday November 26. Children from Chalfont St Giles Infant School will walk down to the village green just before 6pm to sing carols.
The Christmas Lights will be turned on at 6.30pm. There will be a number of stalls as well as mulled drinks, hot food and mince pies and a merry-go-round for the children.
Chesham’s town centre will host the Christmas Lights switch on from 6pm on Friday November 25. Alongside festive carols, there will be fairground rides, market stalls and local community and charity stalls.
Denham Green’s Christmas Fair runs from 6pm on Wednesday November 30 along Station Parade, with market stalls, a fun fair and, of course the Christmas lights will be switched on. GERRARDS CROSS A mystery celebrity guest will switch on Gerrards Cross’ Christmas lights on Thursday December 7 as part of the Christmas Festival, which runs from 6pm to 8.30pm in Packhorse Road, Station Road and Oak End Way.
There will be late night shopping, handmade goods, food and drink, a fun fair and lots of choirs to boost your Christmas spirit.
High Wycombe’s big switch on will be held on Thursday November 17 from 4pm in the High Street, Church Street and Frogmoor. The Cinderella themed night features Santa in his sleigh, a street food
market, live music and more.
Parking in Wycombe District car parks will be free on November 17, 18 and 25. The lights will be switched on at 6.45pm from the main stage in Frogmoor.
Iver’s Pinewood Studios have sponsored this year’s lights which adorn the Christmas Tree outside Iver Village Hall. The event runs from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday November 26, with the switch on itself at 4.45pm.
Marlow’s Christmas lights will be switched on by national treasure and Bucks resident Mary Berry CBE. The event takes place on Thursday November 24 from 5.30pm, and will feature a snow machine to add a little magic to proceedings. Shops will stay open late, with special promotions and Christmas displays. SEER GREEN On Thursday Decem- ber 1, Seer Green will be switching on their village Christmas lights at 6pm. The lights will be adorned on Orchard Road near the shops and there will be carol singing and mulled wine.
The annual lights switch on will be held on Friday December 2 from 6pm on the High Street. Father Christmas will team up with a panto star to flick the switch at the event, which will also feature live music.
Making merry: Christmas light celebrations from previous years in Beaconsfield and Chalfont St Giles