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Christmas in Harpenden

Autumn/Winter Events Announced!

As we announced a few weeks ago, Christmas Carnival will not be taking place this year but our events team has planned several bookable events -- along with a drop-in Christmas Gift Market and Harpenden Farmers' Market Celebrates Christmas -- which will take place over the next few months.

All events are free, but you must reserve your space for the bookable activities (marked with a * on the events below) via our Eventbrite page: Please note that the events will be going live on Eventbrite a few weeks before they are active.


Sunday 27th September  10am–2pm

Making Homes for Wildlife*


Saturday 10th October 10am–11:30am & 12:30pm–2pm

Windchime Making*


Thursday 15th October 5:30pm–8pm

Autumnal Natural Weaving*


Sunday 25th October 10am–2pm

Harpenden Halloween Trail*


Wednesday 28th October 12pm–4pm

Friday 30th October 12pm–4pm

The Half Term Trail*


Friday 6th November 1pm–3pm

Autumnal Natural Weaving*


Tuesday 17th November 5:30pm–8pm

Candle Wreath Making*


Thursday 19th November 4pm–6pm

Christmas Decoration Making*


Saturday 5th December 10am-2pm

Christmas Gift Market


Friday 11th December 1pm–4:30pm

Candle Wreath Making*


Monday 14th December 4pm–6:30pm

Wednesday 16th December 4pm–6:30pm

Christmas Toy Making*


Sunday 20th December 10–2pm

Farmers' Market Celebrates Christmas


Poster with Autumn/Winter Event Listings

Mayor's Christmas Card Competition 

Harpenden children ages 4-11 are invited to design a poster based around this year's theme, "Key Workers at Christmas". The winner will receive a prize and have their design used for the Town Mayor's Christmas Card! 

To Enter: 

  • Create your poster on A4 paper and write your name, age, school year and school/organisation on the back
  • Post your entry to The Mayor's Secretary, Harpenden Town Council, Town Hall, Leyton Road, AL5 2LX
  • Deadline: 23 October

Poster for the Mayor's Christmas Card Competition

Harpenden Christmas Carnival Cancelled for 2020

Harpenden Town Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel its annual Christmas Carnival, originally scheduled for 22 November 2020.

The event, which has drawn upwards of 18,000 people to Harpenden’s Town Centre in recent years, would not be possible under current government guidelines. Taking into consideration the resources, upfront costs, and long lead time required to plan Christmas Carnival, even if guidelines were to change in the months leading up to Christmas Carnival, we would be unable to carefully organise an event of this scale in a short amount of time.

Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Nicola Linacre said, “While we are disappointed we will not be able to bring this community event to life, we must do all we can to ensure the safety of Harpenden’s residents and visitors. Despite the cancellation, we will still have our brilliant Christmas lights throughout the town this year and we look forward to bringing Christmas Carnival back to the high street in 2021.”

While the Carnival and Lights Switch On will not be taking place, the annual Christmas lights will still be on display in Harpenden, and the scheduled Farmers’ Market will go ahead on 22 November. In addition, several bookable festive workshops are currently being planned by the Town Council; more details will be announced in due course on our website and social media channels.

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