christmas_tree250Its the most wonderful tiimmmee, of the yearrrrr. Yes, if the shops, Coca Cola adverts, and light switching on ceremonies didn’t give it away, Christmas is a coming. If you really want to get into the festive spirit, there are loads of events between now and the end of December to celebrate the holiday period. Below are some of the best that we know of. Let us know if we have missed anything.

Christmas Tree Festival at The Forest Centre (1st December)

Central to everyone’s decorations at Christmas is a good tree, and this is your perfect opportunity to get one while enjoying the wonders of the Forest Centre. As well as trees, there will be loads of craft stalls selling wonderful things – just right to shorten your present list. There will be Christmas wreaths, plants and flowers, a fun fair, activities for kids, a choir and a chance for children to meet Father Christmas.

Entry is free, though some attractions will need to be paid for, and it all runs between 1pm and 8pm. The nearest station to the Forest Centre is Millbrook, which is a 15 minute walk around the Country Park.

Stewartby Christmas Fayre and Christmas Lights (1st December)

Stewartby Parish Council is also hosting its annual Christmas Fayre on the 1st, being held at the Village Hall (not too far from the station). All sorts of Christmas goodies will be on offer, with the Fayre running from Midday to 4pm. And stick around because at 4pm the Christmas lights will be switched on!

The Land of Enchanted Dreams at thecentre:MK (All through December)

chistmas1As always, thecentre:MK goes all out for Christmas this year with the Land of Enchanted Dreams. Running all throughout the month, there are loads of activities and events taking place. As well as getting the chance to see Santa, there are Christmas Rides, a Wishing Pool, a Car Raffle, Christmas Cabins, and of course late night shopping. The nearest station to thecentre:MK is Milton Keynes Central, from where you can get a bus to the centre.

Skate with Peppa Pig at Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands (4th December)

Frosts Garden Centre in Woburn Sands will have a special ice skating rink available for people to use all throughout December, but on this day a special guest is arriving – Peppa Pig! On the 4th, they can enjoy 45 minutes skating with Peppa Pig, with the event running from 4pm to 5:45pm. You have to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

This is just one of many events Frosts are running throughout December to celebrate Christmas. The Garden Centre is just a 5 minute walk from Woburn Sands station.

Bedford Victorian Christmas Fair (7th – 9th December)

victorian christmas fairAfter kick-starting with the Festival of Fire and Light, Bedford brings back its annual Victorian Fair for the 20th year. There will be the usual colourful milieu of traditional fairground rides and attractions along with a comprehensive street entertainment programme, character cameos, school performances, and bands across the three days.  The festivities will take place in Harpur Square, Midland Road, and the Harpur Suite in Bedford, all within easy walking distance of Bedford and Bedford St Johns Stations.

Festival of Christmas at Bletchley Park (8th December)

Following on from last year’s success, the students at Milton Keynes College will be taking over the mansion at Bletchley Park to demonstrate their skills from cooking to manicures, and visitors can watch, sample or even join in. They have also put in a request for Santa to pay a visit too.

Normal entry fees apply, with the fun running between 10am and 4pm. The nearest station is Bletchley, which is just a short walk away.

Carols around the Christmas Tree at Stewartby (14th December)

Santa ExpressIf you fancy a good sing-song, and love Christmas Carols even more, head on down to Stewartby Village Hall – a short walk from the station – to take part in the annual Carols around the tree. The Gadsden Brass Band will provide the music, and the fun gets started at 6pm. Wrap up warm!

Marston Vale Community Rail Partnership Santa’s Grotto at Lidlington (15th December)

We’ll let this post do the talking on this one!

Remember that over the Christmas period some planned engineering works will disrupt Marston Vale Line services. But don’t let that spoil your Christmas fun!

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