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Christmas in Bedford


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

See what’s going on in Bedford throughout the 2018 Christmas period.

Pre-Christmas lights switch on

Thursday 22 November at Harpur Square, 3pm to 7pm

  • Marvel's Spiderman and DC's Batman
  • Inflatable Snow Globe
  • Balloon Modelling
  • Cairngorm reindeer
  • UV Bubble Show
  • Plus special visit from Father Christmas!

Late night shopping

Thursdays from 22 November

Free parking from 6pm at Harpur Centre and all town centre Council owned car parks (except River Street)

Organised by Bedford BID

Christmas lights switch on

Bedford's annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, at 7pm, along the Embankment.

Everyone is invited to attend this free Christmas event when the town will light up with another magnificent firework display to mark the start of the Christmas period.

Organised by Bedford Borough Council

Christmas Tree Festival

Annual Christmas Tree Festival at St Paul's Church runs from 5 December to 8 December 10am to 5pm and Sunday 9 December 12 noon to 4pm

Admission £2.50 Children under 16: free entry with daily concerts, refreshments and decorated trees 

Organised by St Paul's Church

Christmas markets

Markets running every day from Wednesday 12 December to Christmas Eve so come along and get your presents and essentials.

Organised by Bedford Borough Council


This year's Pantomime at Bedford Corn Exchange is Aladdin - 27 December to 1 January, brought to you by the award-winning Bedford Pantomime Company.

Traditional, family panto at its best. With a live band, dazzling lighting, fabulous costumes and terrible jokes. It's a treat for the whole family that won't break the bank. There'll be slapstick and mayhem on stage and loads of opportunity for the audience to join in the fun with every child in the audience invited on stage to join the cast in a song, Oh no they won't. Oh yes they will!

Organised by Bedford Corn Exchange

Don't forget

All the exciting events and Christmas fairs taking place in our local villages - check out local parish magazines and noticeboards.

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