Author, actor and BAFTA-winning journalist Ross Kemp will be helping a young competition winner switch on the Christmas lights in Bourne End on Friday.
Joining Ross will be the winner of Bourne End's Christmas Lights Competition, 10-year-old Maisie Paice from St Paul's School in Stratford Drive.
Her design of a gingerbread man will be made into a Christmas light for the parade, and will be unveiled on the night.
One of the event organisers, David Davis, confirmed the former EastEnders actor was set to attend and said: "We contacted his agent, and he said he would be happy to come down and help Maisie switch them on."
There will be a variety of stalls selling gifts and running games hosted by local organisations and community groups.
Many shops will be staying open late, with some offering seasonal drinks and snacks.
Everyone is invited to join Ross and Maisie at the on the night on Wakeman Road and The Parade, from 5pm.
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