Can you help save Buxton’s festive event?

The Ice King and The Lantern parade
The Ice King and The Lantern parade

Organisers of Buxton’s annual Christmas lights switch-on have issued an urgent plea for help to safeguard the future of the popular event.

For the last few years, a small team called Buxton Sparkles have been organising the Winter Celebration in the Pavilion Gardens, but with the event growing larger each year, the four people on the committee are struggling to manage.

Now they are desperately hoping people will step forward to help the festive extravaganza continue.

Andrea Lewis, of Buxton Sparkles, said: “If people want this to happen, then someone has got to come forward and help.

“Things like the lantern workshops are fantastic but the organisation of all the other events is a lot of work for just four of us. We want to stay involved and continue to run workshops building lanterns and sculptures working towards the big community lantern procession.

“We feel that if someone else took over the organisation of the event and brought in some new ideas, it has the potential to grow and perhaps evolve into an exciting winter wonderland event that both Buxtonians and visitors to the town could enjoy.

“That’s why we’re looking for Vision Buxton, the town team, the council, or anybody to come on board and help us.

“We’re open to discussions, does the event need to change, what do people want? Do people still want to see the children performing on the bandstand?

“Everybody will have their own ideas and suggestions but we need them to let us know.

“All the feedback we have had has been really positive, people say they love it. Even in the terrible weather we had last year there was still a good turnout, but if nobody helps us, it might not continue.”

The event relies on fundraising, but some of the usual events Buxton Sparkles hold will not be taking place this year, so financial help is also needed.

Anyone interested in getting involved in any way should email buxtonsparkles@gmail.com or call Andrea on 01298 25281.