PICTURES: Youngsters get crafty to make Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on sparkle

Buxton lantern making, Millie Sutton and Caitlin Hodgson with their finished lanterns
Buxton lantern making, Millie Sutton and Caitlin Hodgson with their finished lanterns
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Youngsters have been getting crafty to make sure Buxton’s Christmas lights switch-on sparkles.

Buxton’s Winter Celebration & Christmas Lights Switch-On event will take place this coming Friday at the Pavilion Gardens and feature the ever-popular lantern parade.

Buxton lantern making, gluey hands for Sophie Manton and parents Paul and Abbi

Buxton lantern making, gluey hands for Sophie Manton and parents Paul and Abbi

Buxton Sparkles, organisers of the torch-lit procession, held a free lantern-making workshop at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday.

Young and old attended the Terrace Road gallery to try their hand at making magical sculptures and lanterns for the night-time parade.

This year’s switch-on event has an extra-terrestrial theme, and Buxton Sparkles has also been working with Buxton Community School pupils to build aliens, UFOs and other out-of-this-world creations.

The lantern procession itself will get underway at 6pm on Friday in the Pavilion Gardens, led by ‘Creeping Toad’ Gordon MacLellan. Participants are asked to gather on the promenade by the conservatory.

Buxton lantern making, Emma Jane Eltringham put the finishing touches to her design

Buxton lantern making, Emma Jane Eltringham put the finishing touches to her design

Opera House pantomime star Kelsey Beth Crossley, formerly of Emmerdale and The Voice, will be flicking the switch to turn on Buxton’s Christmas lights at around 6.30pm.

A Grand Bazaar will also be taking place in a newly-constructed temporary events hall on the Promenade.

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2pm-8pm: Grand Bazaar in the new marquee

Buxton lantern making, Zan Hurst and her grandaughter Poppy Brackley

Buxton lantern making, Zan Hurst and her grandaughter Poppy Brackley

5pm-7.15pm: Father Christmas grotto and children’s funfair

5pm-7pm: Ride the train with the sparkling Snow Queen

5pm: Official opening by Town Crier Bill Weston MBE

5pm-5.40pm: Performances by Taddington and Priestcliffe infants and juniors

Buxton lantern making, Clive Walker and his grandaughter Tilley Salt

Buxton lantern making, Clive Walker and his grandaughter Tilley Salt

5.45pm-6pm: Performance by Buxton Community School

6pm-6.30pm: Lantern parade

6pm-6.30pm: Carols and community singing

6.30pm-6.40pm: Countdown to lights switch-on with Kelsey Beth Crossley

6.40pm-7pm: Fairfield Brass Band

8.30pm: Grand Bazaar closes