Aylesbury Christmas Light Switch On always heralds the start of the festivities in the town centre, and this year was no exception. Aylesbury Town Centre Partnership and Mix 96 hosted a spectacular event with outstanding stage acts including appearances from the Waterside Theatre pantomime cast and a fantastic fireworks display. A fun fair catered for those more adventurous, and a delicious range of street food was available for all to enjoy across the evening.

Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) said: “It was wonderful to see so many disabled people and their friends and families at the Aylesbury Christmas Light Switch On event.”

A visitor to the town said: “It was brilliant, so much on offer tonight, really impressed.”

Santa’s Sunday followed hot on the heels of the Christmas Light Switch On and consisted of a colourful display made up of local businesses and non-profit organisations parading their way around the town centre – waving and cheering to the eagerly awaiting crowds for the arrival of Father Christmas. There was an enticing range of street food and stalls, along with a small fun fair for all to savour. In addition, a variety of fantastic street entertainers kept the crowds in a festive spirit.

Royal British Legion bike riders said: “It gets better and better each year. Seeing so many people, this was amazing.”

Bucks Business First said: “The variety of participants was great. We liked the Santa car and motorbikes best! The drummers started it really well!”

The successful Aylesbury Christmas Craft & Gift Fair returned to the town centre on Sunday 1 December. Visitors had the opportunity to peruse over 80 stalls full of crafts & gifts, soak up the sights and festive ambience while enjoying Christmas retail therapy at the event. Young Enterprise, the local entrepreneurs from Aylesbury schools, also took up residence at the fair, and demonstrated their business acumen. Musical entertainment accompanied the event with Syncopated Jazz, Mechanical Music, Buckinghamshire Music Trust and Next Stage Choir.

The owner of 2 Pound Street in Wendover (who attended the event) said: “Events like this are super beneficial for the community and will go on to help grow the positive and vibrant town that Aylesbury truly deserves.”

Diana Fawcett, Town Centre & Regeneration Manager, said: “We’ve had an abundance of events in the last three weeks – with significant numbers of people attending. Events are very important to town centres as they encourage footfall, add vibrancy to the town centre and enable local businesses to benefit from the extra visitors.”