High Wycombe town centre is in for a star-studded treat this festive season with a ‘boat load’ of celebrities heading to the Christmas Light Switch On…  

With the annual Christmas Light Switch On only two weeks away, High Wycombe is setting up for a star-studded celebration. Taking place on Thursday 18th November, the town will not only be welcoming the FULL CAST of The Swan’s ‘Peter Pan’ Pantomime – including Jake Wood (Eastenders/Strictly) and Jake Canuso (Benidorm), but also the legendary Wycombe Wanderers Manager, Gareth Ainsworth, who’ll be serenading the crowds with his band on Frogmoor’s Main Stage.

Crowd of Christmas revellers at High Wycombe Christmas Light Switch-On

The Christmas Light Switch On event kicks off from 3pm with LIVE performances on the High Street stage, including Jackie Palmer’s Stage School & the BNU Swans Cheerleaders, plus a mouth-watering Food Truck Market, festive freebies, children’s rides & entertainment, over 25 Christmas Gift Stalls AND an appearance from a certain Mr. Father Christmas.

Our ‘Peter Pan Parade’ – led by Captain Hook’s very own 12ft Wooden Ship – will be starting its journey at 5.30pm, departing from The Swan Theatre, and sailing its way down the High Street. Featuring 100+ ‘Tinkerbells’ & ‘Pirates’ from Widmer End School, Marsh Infant School & Manor Farm Junior School, the motley crew will be intercepted by Wycombe Sound – who will be broadcasting LIVE from the event – for a rousing round of Christmas carols, before making their way round to Frogmoor.

Meanwhile in Frogmoor, the Main Stage will be getting in the Christmas swing of things from 5.15pm, with performances from 10 local dance, music & drama groups, including the Glee Club Choir, Razzmatazz, The Blend Choir, Castle Street Dancers and Duck Musik.

Just in time for the Switch On Ceremony’ at 6.45pm our Celebrity ship will dock in Frogmoor, and the famous faces will head for the stage – including High Wycombe’s esteemed Mayor Cllr Andrea Baughan & Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council Zahir Mohammed. 

With great festive fanfare & Christmas cheer, the town’s lights will officially be lit, and our finale performance from WWFC Manager Gareth Ainsworth will commence until 7.15pm. But the fun won’t be over just yet, there’ll still be plenty of food, festive fun & Christmas goodies to be enjoyed back on the High Street, until the event officially closes at 8pm. 

The event is being organised by HWBIDCo, chief cheerleaders for High Wycombe town centre. Chief Executive Melanie Williams commented; “It’s fantastic to be able to bring our traditional Christmas Light Switch On Event back to High Wycombe this year, and we’re so pleased to have so many local businesses, performance groups & organisations involved. It’s a real community ‘feel good’ event and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the town centre on 18th November to kick off the festive season in style – it’s going to be a great day!”

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