Getting you in the festive mood with fun and fairs in Huntingdonshire


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The Christmas lights have been switched on and December is only a few days away, so now we believe you can truly start to think about Christmas and begin to feel a little festive. So, with that in mind, here’s a round-up of some of the Christmas events taking place over the next few weeks.


Father Christmas will be meeting all the good children in a grotto at Frosts Garden Centre. Santa will be visiting until Christmas Eve. Visitors will also get to meet his elves and make reindeer food. Children £9.99, adults £4.49 and a photo of the visit, £5.99.


A children’s craft area, raffle and plenty of stalls will be on offer at the Commemoration Hall as Hartford’s All Saints’ hosts a Christmas fair.

Pick up some handmade cards, tick off a few gifts and have a bit to eat at the free event, which starts at 9.45am on Saturday (November 29).

Money raise will go to the church.

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The Friends of Houghton Primary School are holding a fundraising Christmas shopping evening on Tuesday, December 9. Held in the school hall, the event will feature local businesses to selling everything from handcrafted chocolates to vintage jewellery and handmade bags. Entrance is £3 per adult (children free), which includes a glass of bucks fizz/mulled wine, mince pie or sausage roll.

St Neots

The Christmas lights get switched on this Sunday when there will be live music, market stalls and plenty of fun for families. It’s all taking place in the Market Square from midday but take note – the lights will be switched on at 5pm and the fireworks will follow.


The annual Christmas tree festival returns to St Peter’s Church on Saturday, December 13.

The free event runs from 10am until 4pm and as well as including a display of Christmas trees and festive decorations, there will also be gifts and craft stalls, refreshments and a performance by handbell players.


Browse some art while doing a bit of Christmas shopping at the St Thomas a Becket Church Flower Group’s fair on Saturday, December 6.

The free festive fair and art display runs from 10am until 3pm at Ramsey Community Centre, Stocking Fen Road, and will include Christmas gifts, art display, crafts, raffle, photographer and food.

St Neots

The big man will be paying a visit to St Neots Museum on Sunday. Santa will be at the New Street venue from 5pm until 7pm giving children a chance to chat with him in his grotto. £3.50 per child.

St Ives

A donation secures entry to the Christmas fair being held by the Chatteris, St Ives and District Cats Protection at the Corn Exchange on Saturday, December 6.

From 10am until 2pm, there will be stalls selling gifts, stocking fillers, cakes, crafts, jewellery, beauty products as well as a raffle and games for the children.


Take your fill of festive music at a Christmas Feast concert with the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic.

This well-loved family concert takes place on Saturday, December 13, at Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre and will include a mix of old and new carols, excerpts from Haydn’s Creation and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet.

From 7.30pm. Tickets £14/£12. Visit

Little Paxton

There be a mix of music and birds at Paxton Pits Nature Reserve on Sunday, December 14.

Starting at 2pm with a wildlife walk, visitors will then (at 3.30pm) enjoy live music back at the visitor centre as well as refreshments. Tickets are £5 adults and £3 children. See


Santa will also be visiting a grotto at the Wyevale Garden Centre (formerly Huntingdon Garden and Leisure) where children will be welcomed by elves on their way to meet the big man. Tickets £7 per child.