THERE is just one week to go before the Christmas extravaganza comes to town.

As well as Handforth Parish Council Zoom meeting star Jackie Weaver being given the authority to switch the lights on this year, there is so much more going on.

With around eight hours of good times crammed into just one day, it promises to be the biggest event of its kind in Northwich's history.

The action kicks off at 11am with some of the town's favourite businesses showcasing their festive goods at the much loved Christmas Market on Meadow Street. The market will fill the street until 4pm, while nearby Witton Street will host a Craft Village, including plenty of free activities such as a Christmas workshop where you can create a mosaic or a wooden Christmas bauble.

There will be face painters on the town's High Street while Princesses and stilt walkers will entertain the crowds throughout the day until 6pm.

Barons Quay will be the place to go to get your mouth around a classic German Bratwurst, with the swinging grill, a bar and a hot Creperie open between 11am-7pm.

It wouldn't be Christmas without an appearance from Santa and he is that excited this year, you can visit him at two different locations throughout the day.

He will be at his Igloo outside the library between 11am-2pm and then inside his more traditional grotto at Barons Square from 2pm-4pm.

Northwich Guardian: The Christmas tree is in situ at Barons Quay

The Christmas tree is in situ at Barons Quay

As if all this wasn't enough, there will be performances from Barnton Circus on the Barons Quay Point, fairground rides at River Park Walk, cooking demonstrations, live music and carols around the Brunner Court Christmas Tree.

With the spectacular lantern parade starting at 5pm, the big light switch on from 5.30pm, the full day extravaganza will have a banging finale with fireworks over the River Weaver at 6pm.

Adam Gerrard, project manager of Northwich BID said: "If you've lived in Northwich for a while, you'll know that we like to switch the Christmas lights on in style and after not being able to do so in 2019, we've got an awesome day lined up for this year."

The Christmas Extravaganza takes place on Saturday, November 27.