Traditionally Christmas is the period for spending time with family, friends and loved ones, sharing laughter, love, good food and special times.
But in today’s consumer society, with the multiple pressures of work, preparing for the festivities and often long journeys to contemplate, spending quality time together can get overlooked.
To make sure families do make that time for each other, Aylesbury Town Council has arranged a Festive Family Fun Day , which takes place from 11am - 4pm in Friars Square, on Sunday (December 13), plus a Carolfest later in the evening.
This will be a chance to take a break from the stresses of the season, to enjoy free entertainment and activities in the town centre followed by a festive singalong in the warmth of the parish church with your loved ones.
During the day you can be entertained by toe tapping Christmas songs, be wowed with close up magic from Sylar and enjoy a traditional Mummer’s Play performed by Towersey Morris.
There will also be an opportunity to have a go at plate spinning, watch in awe as a juggling unicyclist performs his amazing tricks and get creative with crafts from Bucks County Museum and Queens Park Arts Centre.
Little ones can get their faces painted, meet the exceptionally tall Jack Frost and have fun with a wide variety of games and activities.
If all that is not enough, there will be a giant inflatable Snow Globe to step inside, play with the ‘snow’ and have your photograph taken and printed for you to take home.
Outside, in Market Square, there will be a chance to enjoy traditional fairground rides, hot roast chestnuts and a musical barrel organ.
And all of this fantastic family fun is free to enjoy, so it’s a perfect way to start the festive season with your family and friends.
Later in the evening, at 6pm, there is a chance to remember the true meaning of Christmas and join Carolfest at St Mary’s Church in the Old Town.
Join in with the rest of the community to fill the beautiful parish church to the rafters and enjoy traditional Christmas carols in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Stoke Mandeville Hospital Radio presenter Dez Kay is compering throughout the evening.
And the carols will be led by Caduceus Brass Quintet, The Wingrave Singers and school children from Elmhurst School, ensuring the more voices the merrier the sound.
Soup and hot chocolate (and possibly a mince pie or two or three) will be served to help fill hungry tummies.
And small children are welcome to wander around and enjoy the singing in a relaxed atmosphere, so that the whole family can get into the festive spirit with a good old Christmas singalong.