Mayor of Buckingham’s design contest creates fantastic Charity Christmas Cards

The Mayor of Buckingham invited children aged between 4 – 11 years old to design her annual Christmas card with the theme being ‘A Christmas Scene’. The competition was split into two age categories, Reception – Year 2 and Year 3 – Year 6. Local school children were able to collect a blank template from Buckingham Library or download it from the Town Council website and send it back before the deadline.

Due to the high number of entries received this year and the talent showcased, judging proved difficult. The winners were chosen based on their interpretation and the clarity of the theme, creativity and originality of the depicted theme, quality of artistic composition and overall design and overall impression of the piece.

Daisy Beckett and Harry Caswell, winners of the competition, got to join the Mayor, on stage at our annual Christmas Lights Switch On in the Town Centre on Saturday 26th November to turn on Buckingham’s Lights. They also received a pack of the two designs. All other entries were displayed in the Council Chamber window for everyone to see.

The cards have been so popular at Buckingham Tourist Information Centre that they have sold out! With every pack raising money for the Mayor’s Charities: Buckingham Food Bank who distribute non-perishable and fresh food to people in need, who have been referred by an agency or local church and Jedidiah Free Fresh Food Pantry who work in partnership with local supermarkets to repurpose the surplus food they are unable to sell. Thanks to our sponsor BCQ for supporting the project.

The Mayor of Buckingham, councillor Margaret Gateley said “It was a great pleasure to see all the beautiful designs which our town’s children created for this year’s Christmas card competition, and to meet the winners at the Christmas Light Switch On event. My thanks to all who participated, and to our sponsor, BCQ. I hope that you will support these two great local charities: Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah Fresh Food Pantry by buying some of these lovely cards. By doing this, you can help people in need in Buckingham.”

Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022

The Mayor of Buckingham is inviting children aged between 4 – 11 years old to design her annual Christmas card. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘A Christmas Scene’ and the deadline is Monday 31st October 2022.

If you wish to enter, you can collect a blank template from Buckingham Library or download it here:

Blank Template Form

Two lucky winners will be chosen and get to join the Mayor, on stage, on Saturday 26th November, to turn on the town’s Christmas Lights in Buckingham Town Centre. In addition to this, images may be featured in internal communications from the Town Council, including our website, newsletter and social media channels.

Winners will be chosen from the following two age categories:

• Reception – Year 2

• Year 3 – Year 6

The winning designs will be printed and sold in Buckingham’s Tourist Information Centre to raise money for the Mayor’s Charities: Buckingham Food Bank and Jedidiah Free Fresh Food Pantry.

All entries must be returned to Buckingham Library or to Town Council Office above Buckingham Library, Verney Close, Buckingham, MK18 1JP. You can also email your entries to

Thanks to our sponsor BCQ for supporting the project.

Two of the three winners and from last year’s competition with the Mayor of Buckingham, pictured on the right.

Snow Globe FAQ

Keen to try the snow globe at the Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On 2021, but have a few questions?

What time will the Snow Globe be open from?

The Globe will be available from 4 – 8pm in Saturday 27th November.

Do I have to pay?

No, access to the snow globe is free.

Do I need to take our own photos?

No. There will be staff at the event who can use your phone to take photos for you.

Where can we find the Snow Globe?

The Snow Globe will be in the Cattlepens area of Buckingham Town Centre, near Prezzo. In the same area will be the festive market, hot food and drink traders and a children’s ride. There will also be entertainment in this area from 4 – 6pm.

Can I book a slot in advance?

No. Access to the snow globe will be first come, first served. We expect the snow globe to be popular, and would advise arriving early (from 4pm) and joining the queue if you want a photo.

How many people can be in the photo?

We’re asking for people to stick to household groups for photos, please.

Is there wheelchair or mobility scooter access to the snow globe?

Unfortunately not, as the access is too steep. However, our team are happy to make space so that wheelchair users can pose in front of the globe instead. There is also a selfie board at the disabled viewing area for the lights switch-on, outside the Old Gaol, which you might prefer to try. There will be someone in a yellow hi-vis at the front of the globe so please do come and chat with us when you arrive.


Meet Elf on the Shelf and have your picture taken in a giant snow globe – free fun at Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On!

Have your photo taken in a giant snow globe, completely free at this year’s fantastic Buckingham Christmas Lights Switch On, on Saturday 27th November from 4 pm. A brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to tick this experience off their wish list!

The snow globe is just one of many brand new features for this year’s event, which takes place in Buckingham town centre. There will be a chance to meet the Elf on the Shelf (on the ground) and a fully packed festive market, which will run from 4 – 8 pm. The market offers hot food and drink, including delicious mulled wine, tasty burgers, waffles, cakes and artisan hot chocolate.  Other stalls will be selling wreaths, traditional toys, handmade gifts, luxury candles, ceramics, personalised gifts and more.

Support from local traders for the event is high, with a number of local shops offering pop up stalls at the market, including Howe’s the Florist, the University Book Shop and Finca El Monte, while others plan to keep their shops open late on the day including Dandy Lions and Cornwall Place Kitchen.

A wonderful line up of entertainment begins at 4pm with young people from Stagecoach Buckingham, followed by Winslow Concert Band, Sami: the Bard of Buckingham and recorder ensemble Strictly Recorders. From 6.30 pm at the Main Stage area Bittersweet Music singer Suzy Smith will lead the crowd to sing along to some Christmas carols. The light switch on itself will happen at 7pm, after a countdown led by the Mayor of Buckingham.

Last Christmas the Town Council marked the start of the season with an at-home Christmas Lights Switch On.  A video was produced of homes and businesses brightly coloured displays and set to music from the Bard of Buckingham. The Town Council hopes that this same community spirit will lead to a fantastic atmosphere at the Christmas Lights Switch On event.

This year, the icicle lights hung around the town will be joined by a new set of white and gold motifs on lamp posts.  The Christmas tree has again been provided Buckinghamshire Council.  The star on top was donated to the town by the Buckingham branch of the Women’s Institute.

Cllr. Robin Stuchbury, Chair of the Town Centre and Events Committee told us: “After not being able to hold a Christmas lights switch on event last year, Town Council staff have been working with the Town Centre & Events Committee to ensure that this year’s event provides a valuable opportunity for the community to welcome the coming of Christmas in Buckingham.  The event, and the lights themselves, are provided thanks to the planning and investment undertaken by Buckingham Town Councillors in previous years.  We continue to facilitate and provide Christmas lights to support our local economy and long may that remain the case.”

For enquiries please contact Paul Hodson at Buckingham Town Council on 01280 816426,


Buckingham Town Council Christmas Closures 2020

The Buckingham Town Council office will be closed for Christmas from Monday 21st December 2020 until Monday 4th January 2021.

If you need to get in touch with us during this time, please contact us from 10am – 4pm on 01280 816426 so a member of our team can help you with any enquiries.

Please note that on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the phone line will only be open from 10 am until 1pm. However, on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day the phone line will be closed completely.

Merry Christmas From Buckingham Town Council

Downloadable Carol Sheet: Christmas Light Switch On 2019

Christmas Tree outside the Old GaolWe’re getting ready for the Christmas Light Switch On this Saturday! A packed event with performances from Children’s Choirs, The Bard of Buckingham and the presentation of the Trader of the Year Award from the Buckingham Society.

This year we’ve got a downloadable PDF of the carol service so that everyone can sing along!

There’s also a market in the cattlepens with crafts, hot chesnuts, street food and a children’s ride. Come and celebrate the start of the festive season with us on saturday.

2018 Christmas Parade road closures and bus diversions

Buckingham Christmas Parade is this Saturday!

Road Closures will be in place:

The Road Closure Order covers the following areas between 7am and 2pm on the 15th December 2018

  • High Street (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and Paynes Court (excluding Paynes Court itself)
  • High Street (North) – Paynes Court to North End Square (excluding Paynes Court itself)
  • This includes the bus stand
  • High Street (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction with Stratford Road
  • Market Hill (North) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the junction Christmas Parade Sat 15th December 10.45am startwith West Street
  • Market Hill (South) – between the junction with Moreton Road and the Bull Ring
  • The lay-by at the Old Gaol  taxi rank at night
  • Bull Ring – in its entirety
  • Market Square – all – between the Bull Ring and the junction with West Street/Bridge Street, including the lay-by outside the White Hart Hotel
  • Bridge Street – all – from the junction with Market Square to the junction with Bourton Road
  • London Road – both sides – between the junction with Bridge Street and the junction with Chandos Road
  • Chandos Road – all – between the junction with London Road and the junction with Station Road
  • Station Road – all – between the junction with Chandos Road and the junction with Hunter Street
  • Addington Road – in its entirety
  • Western Avenue – between Grenville Road and the junction with Brackley Road

Bus diversions:

Due to the Buckingham Christmas Parade buses will NOT serve the High Street, the ‘Market Hill’ stops on Moreton Road, the ‘Chandos Road’, ‘Upper School’ stops on London Road and Maids Moreton between these times. Routes will divert as follows:
Service 131 / 132: these routes will not be able to serve Western Avenue or Overn Avenue.
All 132 journeys will run via the Page Hill Estate
Service 60: will divert after serving Tesco via A421, A413, Bourton Road, Bourtonville and London Road in a one way loop. Please note route 60 will NOT serve Maids Moreton between the above times.
Service X60: after serving Tesco will divert up the London Road, then Bourtonville,  Bourton Road,  A413 and will resume its journey to Milton Keynes at Stratford Road and vice versa
Service X5: will serve the Tesco, London Road stop only.
Services diverted via Bourtonville will stop where safe, if hailed
Keep up to date on the Buckinghamshire County Council Service Disruption page at: