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Celebrate Christmas in Bedford Borough this year by supporting local shops, restaurants and events.

See what’s going on in Bedford throughout the 2016 Christmas period...

Christmas Reindeer

From 2pm outside Boots on Thursday 24th November, the beautiful Cairngorm Reindeer will be visiting Bedford once again. Come to town on this afternoon and enjoy the Christmas festivities, prior to the light switch on The Embankment and of course not forgetting the start of late night shopping!  Santa will be doing his annual parade in his sleigh from 5pm.

Organised by Bedford BID

Boogie Storm (BGT)

Boogie Storm hit our screens last year on Britain's Got Talent with their unique dance act as Storm troopers! They received Simon Cowell's golden buzzer and were placed 3rd in the whole competition. NOW they are coming to Bedford for a special performance on Thursday 24th November to get crowds excited before they head to The Embankment for the Christmas Light switch on and fireworks!  

There will be two opportunities to see them perform on stage at 4pm or 6pm on Harpur Square. A queuing system will be in place if you would like to meet them in person for a quick photo opportunity. Organised by Bedford BID.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Bedford’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Thursday 24th November, at 7pm, along The Embankment. Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when Bedford Borough Council will light up the town with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

There will be free late night parking on the 24th November, from 5.30pm, in River Street, Allhallows, Queen Street and Lurke Street Multi Storey Car Parks.

Christmas Tree Festival

Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church runs from Wednesday November 30 to Sunday December 4. www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk   

Christmas Markets


Markets running every day from Saturday 17th December to Christmas Eve so come along & get your presents and essentials!

Handmade Market Saturday 10th & 17th December

Children’s Funfair Harpur Square from Friday 16th December

Christmas Entertainment Across 16th, 17th & 18th December

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Cinderella brought to you by the award-winning Bedford Pantomime Company, traditional, family panto at its best.  December 28th to January 2nd at Bedford Corn Exchange.



Late Night Shopping

Support your local business by shopping in Bedford this Christmas! Shops will be open till 8pm every Thursday from 24th November to 15th December, plus 19th and 23rd December. Free parking will be available over the Christmas Period as well.




Christmas Craft and Gift Fair

Autism Bedfordshire in collaboration with the Bedford Sixth Form warmly welcome you to their Christmas Craft and Gift Fair on Saturday 26th November from 2pm - 4.30pm. Free entry. With many crafts, gifts, jewellery, handbags, luxury cosmetics and skincare, cakes and refreshments... not forgetting Santa's grotto. (There is a £4 charge to see Santa) Car parking available on site. The Bedford Sixth Form, Bromham Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 2BS

Christmas Craft Fayre


Milton Ernest Garden Centre will be hosting it's popular Christmas Craft Fayre on the 26th and 27th of November 10.30am - 4pm. The will be a great selection of handmade gifts to choose from. With Woodturning, Ceramics, Local Artists, Handmade Jewellery, Fabric and Knitted Gifts. We will also have musical entertainment at intervals throughout the day. The ideal chance to buy a unique Christmas gift. FREE Parking. FREE Entry. Milton Ernest Garden Centre Radwell Road Milton Ernest Bedfordshire MK44 1SH

Melchbourne Christmas Fair


Traditional Christmas Fair including craft stalls, village pantry and cakes, pre-loved accessories, china and glass, tombola's, children's craft activities, Christmas cards, raffle, Father Christmas and refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies. All proceeds to St Mary Magdalene Church, Melchbourne

Sunday 27 Nov 2016 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm £1 an adult, children - free

Melchbourne Village Hall, Park Road, Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire MK44 1BB

Christmas Vintage Market

Saturday 3rd December, 10am-2pm

It's our annual Handmade Vintage Market at King's House on 3rd December. Free Entry for guests. There will be a variety of stalls selling unique creations, crafts and pieces of art.

Please note that it will cash only purchases. www.kingsarms.org


If you have any suggestions of activities or links to add to this page then please email justine.ives@bedford.gov.uk