The annual switch on of Buckingham’s beautiful, sparkling and festive Christmas lights takes place tomorrow (Saturday).
The traditional carol service and lights switch on will mark the start of the build up to Christmas.
So if you haven’t yet started your Christmas shopping and all the other preparations that help to make this time of year so magical, then the switch on may prompt you to get going!
As usual, the event will take place outside the Old Gaol from 6pm around the Christmas tree.
This year will also see some improvements in the layout of the festivities.
There will be a stage area so everyone can more easily see what’s going on, a reserved area for the less able, and a hearing loop.
The Reverend Will Pearson-Gee will host the event and the mayor, Cllr Andy Mahi, will be flicking the magic switch to turn on the lights.
The mayor will be ably assisted by the MK Dons lovable and popular mascots, Donnie and Mooey.
There will be a peformance by the B uckingham Glee Choir and the Winslow Concert Band will play carols and other Christmas music, to ensure a warm and cheerful atmosphere.
Following on from the success of last year, Buckingham’s Artisan Market will hold a festive market in the cattle pens from 4pm through to 8pm.
The market will feature a variety of stalls selling perfect gift ideas as well as tasty hot food and drinks.
This year Buckingham Town Council has invested in new festive lights.
These were paid for by the residents of Buckingham through the town rates and via the town centre and events budget.
Aylesbury Vale District Council provides the Christmas tree each year, which is set up outside the Old Gaol.