Countdown to Christmas fun in High Peak

Buxton Christmas lights switch on
Buxton Christmas lights switch on

The countdown to Christmas is well underway with festive lights switch-ons taking place across the High Peak over the next few weeks.

The fun kicks off next Friday November 21 with Buxton’s Winter Celebration at the Pavilion Gardens. Running from 2pm to 8pm, the switch-on and grand bazaar has been organised by Buxton Sparkles and will see panto star Joseph Elliott, who plays Cook in the CBeebies series Swashbuckle, flicking the switch to light up Buxton at 6.40pm. See next week’s paper for the full line-up.

A week later, on November 28, Whaley Bridge’s Christmas lights will be switched on by the chair of the town council at 7pm, followed by carol singing accompanied by Whaley Bridge Band.

Lantern-making workshops will be taking place on November 15 and 22 at the Mechanics Institute from 2.30pm to 6pm and at Whaley Bridge Primary School on November 26 from 4pm to 6pm ready for the lantern parade.

Chapel-en-le-Frith is also holding its Christmas lights switch-on on November 28 with children’s rides and entertainment, mince pies and hot punch and carol singing at Town End Methodist Church at 6.30pm or the Market Place at 7pm.

On Saturday November 29, New Mills will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a family friendly evening of entertainment from 6pm.

The Christmas lights switch-on at the town hall will feature New Mills Brass Band and St Mary’s Choir, while there will also be more than 40 Christmas market stalls in the town centre.

A week of Christmas fun begins in Glossop on November 29 with live music and festivities in Norfolk Square. There will also be Silent Night-themed community carols as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Members of Totally Locally Glossop will be running special promotions throughout the week.

Victorian festivities will take place in Old Glossop from 2pm to 6pm on December 7. The ringing of bells at 3.30pm will be followed by a lantern parade and carol service while the tree is decorated by local school children. Entry is free but donations will be collected with profits split between the foodbank and Old Glossop Residents’ Association.

As the Victorian festivities finish, there will be a theatre production of ‘All is Calm’ at 6pm in Old Glossop Church. Tickets are available from Bay Tree Books, Fieldings Jewellers and Wains.

Musicians, performers and entertainers wishing to take part in the event can email or ring Paul Bohan on 01298 73313.