Here is a handy guide to Christmas events taking place in the Harborough area over the coming week.
From fairs to Christmas trees, there’s something festive for everybody this coming week.
Freedom Support Solutions Christmas Shopping Night- 60 Nithsdale Avenue, Market Harborough, 6pm to 9pm, various stalls, refreshments, hot pork and stuffing rolls, mulled wine, music, raffle, lighting of their Christmas tree.
Market Harborough C of E Primary School Christmas Fair - at the school in Fairfield Road, 3.30pm to 5pm, lots of stalls, organised by the PTA.
Market Harborough - lights switch-on, The Square, 4-7pm.
St Giles Church, Desborough, Christmas Tree Festival - the 15th annual festival, 3pm-9pm. Continues Saturday and Sunday. Entry cost £2.50 or free for accompanied under-16s.
Artisan Christmas market - inside the Old Grammar School, 10am-4pm, free entry, and an opportunity to buy some quality hand-made gifts from local makers and designers.
Christmas Bazaar - the annual Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church event, being held at Welland Park Academy’s Assembly Rooms, Market Harborough, 9am-2pm, there will be the usual wide range of stalls, as well as Father Christmas and young singers.
Christmas Bazaar - in aid of the Kibworth-based Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital, 10am to 1pm, Kibworth Village Hall, Station Street, variety of stalls, including hand-made chocolates, fruit cakes shaped like Christmas baubles, jewellery made while you wait, cards, gifts for pets, tea and coffee, cheese toasties, home-made cakes and more. Tables £7.50 and can be booked on 0116 2881395. Admission free.
Christmas Coffee & Chat - in aid of Canine Partners, Clipston Village Hall, 10.30am-2.30pm, various stalls and a tombola.
Christmas Fair & Santa’s Grotto - at Market Harborough Methodist Church, Northampton Road, 12.30pm to 5pm, Santa’s Grotto with an elf Christmas card-making workshop, as well as the usual gift and craft stalls, there will be cookie decorating, sand art, festive decorations workshop and local author Linda Marston will be signing copies of her new Betty Bee book. Studio B1 will be there to take family photos and the Hartbeeps group is staging interactive musical sessions for the under-fives, all proceeds from the event going to the Harborough Against Bullying charity and to the Anarchy Kickboxing Academy.
Great Bowden’s St Peter & St Paul Church Christmas Tree Festival - 10am to 5pm, trees decorated and provided by local organisations, festive refreshments available, proceeds to church funds, donations on door, continues tomorrow.
Husbands Bosworth Christmas Tree Festival - All Saints Church in the village, 10am-5pm, plenty of beautiful lit exhibits, competitions, including win a Christmas cake, calendar of village scenes also on sale (£6.50), refreshments, entry £2.50, free for under-14s, all proceeds going to the church roof appeal following recently lead theft. Event continues Sunday.
St Giles Church, Desborough, Christmas Tree Festival - 10am-6pm. Continues Sunday. Entry cost £2.50 or free for accompanied under-16s.
Wilbarston Christmas Fair - at Wilbarston Village Hall, midday-4pm, stalls, games, handicrafts, Santa, refreshments, performance from Wilbarston School choir, in aid of hall funds, free entry.
Festive Sunday Teas - Great Oxendon Village Hall, 2pm to 4.30pm, plus raffle tickets on sale for a festive hamper, in aid of village amenities, continues every Sunday until December 21.
Great Bowden’s St Peter & St Paul Church Christmas Tree Festival - day two, from 2pm to 5pm.
Husbands Bosworth Christmas Tree Festival - day two, All Saints Church in the village, 10am to 5pm.
Messy Christmas fun for families - a free afternoon of creative crafts, and more, for families, 3pm to 5pm at Market Harborough Baptist Church hall in Manor Walk, opposite Co-op entrance. Starfish Puppets will be there and children can join in with action songs and play instruments. Younger children can also play in a safe baby corner.
Church minister the Rev Nick Cook will chat to the children about Christmas, and the afternoon ends with tea for everyone.
Lindy Kendell, one of the organisers, said: “We hope many families will come and enjoy a fun time together including making a special advent candle to take home, tree decorations,angels and biscuits.
“The children can be as messy as they like and parents needn’t worry – we do the clearing up.”
St Giles Church, Desborough, Christmas Tree Festival - 11.30am-5.30pm. Entry cost £2.50 or free for accompanied under-16s.
Christmas Concert - by Marcus Reynolds, St Dionysius Church, High Street, Market Harborough, 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Story by Alex Blackwell.