BURNHAM'S Christmas lights will be switched on this Saturday (November 25) as part of a day of festive fun.

The honour of turning the illuminations on will go to local author Damien Boyd, Cllr Lesley Millard (mayor) and Alistair Murray (town crier).

They will be switched on at 6pm from a stage near the Victoria Hotel, which will also see music from the town band, a rock choir and local community groups.

Before that, there will be plenty going on to keep punters entertained.

Fair rides will be set up in Victoria Street from 1pm, and there will be free festive entertainment featuring performers and local groups.

Children will also have the chance to meet Father Christmas and pick up a free gift when he arrives in Victoria Street at 3pm.

A lantern parade for families will be held in the town centre before the switch-on.

Participants will gather outside Lloyds Bank at 5.20pm for a short walk via Chapel Street that will end next to the Victoria Street stage.

The festive day has been organised by the Burnham Chamber of Trade with support from the town council, Burnham Lions Club and other local groups.

Several roads at the northern end of the town centre will be closed through the day to allow the event to go ahead safely.

The closed roads will be: Victoria Street; the northern end of the High Street from the junction with College Street; Regent Street; Chapel Street and Princess Street.

Businesses and shops will be open as usual on the day, and diversions will be in place.