All set for Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on

Buxton's Pavilion Gardens
Buxton's Pavilion Gardens

Christmas officially arrives in Buxton on Friday as the town’s festive lights are switched-on.

Organised by Buxton Sparkles, Buxton’s Winter Celebration and Christmas Lights switch-on event is taking place on Friday November 22 at the Pavilion Gardens and will include a grand bazaar and performances by local school children.

The countdown to the switch-on by CBBC star Jonny Freeman, who is playing Buttons in this year’s Buxton Opera House pantomime Cinderella, will take place between 6.30pm and 6.40pm.

During the switch-on event, children can visit Father Christmas in his grotto, enjoy music and carols on the bandstand, ride the train with the Snow Queen or enjoy the funfair.

Adults can take advantage of a wide range of refreshments or browse the selection of stalls at the grand bazaar, selling a variety of Christmas gifts, crafts and decorations.

There will also be a lantern parade led by High Peak Samba Band, and lantern-making workshops are taking place on November 16 from 10am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 4pm at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery; at Fairfield Dreamscheme (nine to 19 years old), Victoria Park Road, on November 19 from 6pm to 8pm and at Harpur Hill Sure Start on November 20 from 1.15pm to 3.15pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Friends of the Pavilion Gardens are also holding a variety of events and activities alongside the switch-on.

In conjunction with Your Space and funded by Groundworks UK, part of the Big Lottery Fund, the group will have a gazebo outside at the Pavilion Gardens where activities will include a fancy dress competition, mask making, hat decorating and lantern making.

All the events will run from 2pm to 7pm with the judging of the fancy dress by Bill Weston MBE set to take place between 6pm and 6.30pm.

Buxton Sparkles is a community group created to encourage the goodwill and involvement of the wider community in their activities leading up to the winter celebration.

A collection on the night will be shared between High Peak Nightstop and Food Bank and Buxton Sparkles.

To find out more about the event, see www.buxtonsparkles.co.uk or visit www.facebook.com/BuxtonSparkles.

Friday November 22 (all times are approximate)

2pm: Grand Bazaar in the Octagon; refreshments available

5pm: Father Christmas in his grotto; children’s funfair

5pm: Ride the train with the Snow Queen

5pm: Official opening by Bill Weston MBE, town crier

5.05pm: Performance by St Anne’s Catholic Primary School

5.20pm: Performance by Mini Billerettes

5.30pm: Performance by Buxton Community School

5.45pm: Performance by Harpur Hill Primary School

6pm: Lantern parade led by High Peak Samba Band

6pm: Carols and community singing

6.30pm: Countdown to switch-on with TV celebrity Jonny Freeman

6.40pm: Fairfield Brass Band

8pm: Grand Bazaar closes