Three Weekends of Festive Fun

Published on 09 November 2021

UPDATE: Due to uncertainty surrounding Covid and the need to exercise caution, BedfordBID have taken the hard decision to cancel Face Painting, Balloon Artistry, and some of our live performances for the weekend of 11th & 12th December.​


Three Weekends of Festive Fun, from Love Bedford and Bedford Borough Council, in collaboration with MadeInBedford and EAT Feast.

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Image Credit – Hen Robinson

Sunday 5th December - The Cairngorm Reindeer are coming to Harpur Square! These lovely animals will be taking a break from training to pull Santa’s sleigh, so come down and say hello, and pick up a Love Bedford Balloon and a sticker to take away with you! Santa will also be coming to say a brief hello to his four-legged friends, and there will be live performances from Bedford Town Band, and Kempston Hammers Community Choir to enjoy on the raised area of the Square. If you’re feeling peckish, Lingers Butchers will be running a Hog Roast, and Dessert Boss will be bringing the sweet treats.

After seeing the reindeer, enjoy some free face painting and balloon artistry in Howard Centre. No booking is required, and while you’re there, why not browse for some Christmas cards in Buzz Bees Cards, pick up some festive partywear in Bellissima, and stock up on hosting supplies from Poundland - and enjoy the lovely decorations too! What’s more, Sweets in Mail are offering 10% off PicknMix for anyone with a painted face.

As we head into the afternoon, head over to Riverside, for EAT Feast – A Christmas Special! This free event goes on into the evening, so grab your family and friends and get ready to share some gorgeous food – and a cheeky Christmas tipple! With plenty of Vegan/Veggie and Gluten Free options on offer, EAT Feast will have an array of international flavours from established food trucks and caterers, coming together to celebrate good food and great company.

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11th & 12th December - The Christmas Makers Market will be a highlight of the festive season this December, brought to Bedford Town Centre in collaboration with MadeInBedford. With a wealth of artisan crafts, handmade decorations, fresh produce, and quality confectionery on offer, you can be sure to find perfect Christmas gifts for all your loved ones.

Bedford Town Band will be performing a medley of Christmas songs and traditional carols on Harpur Square across the weekend. 

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18th & 19th December - As Christmas draws near, join us for some festive cheer in Harpur Square. With hot drinks and festive treats on sale, seating in the square and music from May Blossom to set the mood, come and relax a few moments before the Big Day gets underway!

With all this, and more, including a Festive Christmas Trail and a Christmas Window Competition, Love Bedford and Bedford Borough Council are delighted to welcome you to join us in Bedford Town Centre this December, for a Month of Celebration.

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