Christmas Events in Bedford

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Get festive with a Christmas market in Bedford. There’s something for the whole family to enjoy with children’s entertainment, fireworks, mulled wine, late-night shopping and free parking!

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Christmas markets in Bedford 

Bedford town centre hosts its all new Christmas Fair on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November from 10am – 5pm on Harpur Square. Start your Christmas celebrations and support your local businesses in the town centre. Indulge in a mulled cider or wine, or perhaps a German sausage! Get your face painted for free by the talented Glitter-Arty Face Painting and enjoy the complimentary rides on the vintage Carousel and Chair O Plane.

To end this fantastic weekend, the Embankment will come alight from 5pm when the town centre and Riverside Christmas decorations will be switched on followed by a spectacular firework display. Bring the whole family for lots of free entertainment!


Christmas events in Bedford 

There’s lots of Christmas events happening in the town this year. The Christmas Tree Festival will run from 4 to 8 December at St Paul’s Church and will be fundraising for Bedford Hospitals Charity and Friends. Multiple trees will be displayed all decorated by local businesses, school and charities. Also on 8 December, make a visit to the ‘Cairngorm Reindeer’ who will be in town outside Boots from 11.30am.

For fun with the family why not book to see Hansel & Gretel at the Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, Rapunzel at the Corn Exchange or perhaps the Santa’s Christmas Countdown?

In the lead up to Christmas the Harpur Shopping Centre will be open late from 18 December, every day until 23 December (except Sunday 22nd), other shops will be at their own discretion in town. In addition the Bedford Market is running from 18 to 24 December with a craft fair and seasonal entertainment on Saturday 21 December.

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Late night Christmas shopping 

Late night Christmas shopping starts in Bedford from 28 November and runs every Thursday until Christmas. For those more tricky gifts why not purchase Love Bedford Gift vouchers.  The recipient then has a choice at spending them at over 280 stores where they are redeemable. Purchase them in town at Gallones Ice Cream Parlour or Michael R Peters or online at

Free parking in Bedford 

Visitors can take advantage of the two hours free parking on Saturdays and free parking all day Sunday at council owned car parks plus Harpur Centre underground car park.  In addition Queen’s Street car park has two hours free parking every day.

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