Bedford's Christmas Lights Switch On

Published on 24 November 2014


Bedford’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place on Wednesday 26th 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.

Before the lights are switched on, Santa and his reindeer will be in the pedestrianised area of the town centre from 3pm, with live festive music from Bedford Rock Choir and Theatretrain.

The ‘switch on’ is a hugely popular, family-orientated event, attracting thousands of people of all ages to line the Embankment and enjoy the spectacle. This year’s event also marks the start of late night Christmas shopping in town. 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The Christmas Lights Switch-On is always a hugely popular event for all the family. We look forward once again to seeing thousands of people coming together to enjoy the occasion and mark the start of the Christmas season in Bedford in style.

“This year’s switch-on is the first of numerous exciting events in Bedford this festive season. It coincides with the first evening of late-night shopping, so why not kick-start your Christmas shopping before walking along the Embankment from Town Bridge to enjoy the show?

“It all kicks off from 7pm, so get there early to get a good spot and help welcome Father Christmas to Bedford!”

There will be free late night parking on the 26th November, from 5.30pm, in River Street, Allhallows and Lurke Street car park.

The Bedford Christmas Fair will take place in Harpur Square and Midland Road, from 10am, from Friday 12th December - Sunday 14th December where people can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Christmas with stalls throughout the heart of the Town Centre selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats. Throughout the three day fair there will an array of madcap seasonal street entertainment, music and shows that are filled with fun characters.  Children can be kept entertained by rides including a helter skelter, carousel, swing boats, and a fantastic steam engine. 

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