Buckingham Town Centre will be stuffed full of totally free festive treats for the Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday 26th November. For the first time ever this will include a visit from two live reindeer! Pop along to Market Hill, Buckingham, from 6 – 8pm to sing along to carols with the Great Horwood Silver Band, visit the reindeer and Buckingham Table’s Santa Van, hear performances from Buckingham Voices and Grenville School Choir. For fans of street food: Bandit Street Food, Good Times UK and Kerrie’s Bakes and Crafts will all be there to get your mouth watering.
Winners of the Mayors Christmas Card Competition will help the Mayor of Buckingham, Cllr. Margaret Gateley, turn on the Christmas Lights at around 6.20pm, so we recommend arriving early if you would like to be there for the switch on moment, as well as enjoying the festive shopping, activities and atmosphere.
Ahead of the switch on, families can have fun with an engaging activity to enjoy together, helping to highlight local businesses and what they have to offer. Visit our Saturday Steet Market to meet the Elf and pick up a Festive Trail Map and get exploring Buckingham’s streets by following the Festive Trail to find all twelve presents for Santa's list. Complete the trail to be in with a chance of winning £100 (thanks to a kind donation from Buckingham Table) to spend in a local shop this Christmas. For further details visit www.discoverbuckingham.uk.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events, committee said “Firstly, I’d like to thank the events committee for funding the Christmas lights on behalf of the Town Council, Buckinghamshire Council for the Christmas tree and the time put in by the events team to deliver a wide range of additional activities on the day, especially the reindeer which I’m looking forward to meeting, as I’m sure they’ll be of great interest to the children in the town including those young at heart.”
Buckingham Town Council is encouraging residents to attend the Christmas Lights Switch On event and enjoy the festivities on offer. A number of shops will remain open up until 8pm for late night shopping including shops based in Buckingham’s Hidden Quarter and Cornwalls Meadow. At the event itself there will be a stall selling handmade home furnishings from LW Creations, and of course our cafes, restaurants and takeaways will be on hand to serve you up some festive treats.
Buckingham’s Christmas tree, has been kindly provided by Buckinghamshire Council and has been installed outside the Old Gaol, ready for the lights to be turned on during the event.