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

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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.


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

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