Aylesbury town centre prepares to light up for Christmas.
Aylesbury town centre is heralding the start of Christmas today (15th Nov) with the annual Lights Switch On.
- Mix96 will be hosting the stage entertainment between 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Market Square
- There will be a street food court and a funfair in Kingsbury which will run until 8.30pm
- The lights will be switched on at 7pm and will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and get their place to enjoy a packed line-up of fantastic entertainment, including: local bands who’ve featured on Mix Discovers, a school choir, house band The Eclectix, and some talented entertainers from the Bucks Got Talent competition.
The performers will be helping to put Aylesbury in a festive mood before they flip the switch and get Christmas underway.
In addition, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre will be swapping Neverland for Aylesbury town centre as stars of this year’s Aylesbury Waterside Pantomime, Peter Pan, will be taking to the stage to warm up the masses.
Favourite funny man Andy Collins, who is playing Smee, will be joined by Nick Jr’s Holly Atterton, who’s starring as Tinker Bell in this year’s festive production.
Commenting on the upcoming event, Andy Collins said:
“The lights switch on marks the official start to Christmas. And it’s always great to see the town turn out in force to help ignite the Christmas spirit!”
After the lights switch on and fireworks display, visitors will be able to enjoy the fun fair in Kingsbury, which will run until 8.30pm, and there will be a vast range of mouth-watering street food in Market Square.
It’s finally here! Our new pop-up station giving you the chance to listen to non-stop Christmas tunes! Available here: https://t.co/vohyMoxQ9A and on your app and smart speaker. pic.twitter.com/dGTncBGGZR
— Mix96 (@officialmix96) November 1, 2018
To help deal with any lost children at the event, parents are asked to collect an ID band for them to wear from the Meeting Point area located at the top of the High Street.
Parents will be asked to write their mobile number on the ID band – just in case they get separated from their children.
Thames Valley Police also recommend that parents have a photo of their children on their phone.
Aylesbury Town Centre & Regeneration Manager Diana Fawcett said:
“There are a huge range of Christmas activities happening in Aylesbury across November and December, both for families and for shoppers. And the Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership is delighted to be bringing back this phenomenally popular Christmas Lights Switch On event.”