Aylesbury is gearing up to offer an ‘alternative Christmas experience’ as the town’s festive schedule was announced. 

Starting on Thursday, November 19, Christmas-themed activities will fill the streets in the town from 12-7pm. 

The day will include handy hints and tips on how best to be prepared for Christmas, children's activities, competitions and much more.

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Following this, an artisan food market will set up in the town on Sunday, November 29 at Market Square. 

This will include live music and entertainment throughout the day. 

Less than a week later, Aylesbury will see the launch of a fun Christmas safari around the town.

This takes place on Saturday, December 5, with the ever-popular Christmas Craft and Gift Fair going ahead at Market Square on Sunday 6 December.

Finally, on the last Saturday before Christmas (December 19), an enhanced Christmas market with additional stalls will be located around the town.

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This comes as free parking is announced for the town on Thursdays from December 3 up to December 24 in all council-owned car parks. 

Friars Square is also offering free parking from 3.30pm on late night trading. 

Walton Street Car Park will also be free to park in on Sundays from December 6 to December 20. 

The Christmas line up and the car parking perks have been introduced as town centre chiefs hope to give a boost to businesses this festive season. 

Steve Bowles, Buckinghamshire Council’s town centres boss, said: “This year, more than ever, it’s essential to support our local businesses. 

“Fortunately, there will be plenty of opportunities to shop and dine locally, while at the same time staying safe and having some festive fun.

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“Several local businesses are going to be offering discounts in the lead up to Christmas, so look out for these special offers that will be revealed via an Advent calendar through social media.”