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Harpenden Christmas Carnival

Date: 28th Nov 2021
Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 6:00 pm

Harpenden’s Christmas Carnival - Sunday 28th November from 12pm-6pm

Following the disappointing cancellation of last year’s event, due to the pandemic, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. And we are delighted to announce that local UK Solicitors Practice, SA Law, will continue to be the Principal Sponsor of this exciting celebration.

The event will feature something for everyone and Harpenden Town Council looks forward to welcoming residents, visitors and businesses to kick off their Christmas celebrations. Highlights of the day will include the traditional procession which will take place at 3pm, a funfair along the High Street and Leyton Road, the Farmers Christmas Market, outdoor bars and food stalls, and, of course, Santa will be greeting children at his Santa’s Grotto from 12.30-5.30pm.

The crowds will be entertained throughout the day on the Main Stage by local acts including Hurst Children’s Theatre Group, Harpenden and Wheathampstead Gang Show, SW Dance, Showtime Circus, Roundwood Park School and St Albans Rock Choir, additionally the Mini Stage will provide further musical entertainment including the sensational Threefold, The Maida Vales Duo and Bethany Church Band, perfectly placed next to the outdoor bar. In addition, St Albans and Harpenden Volunteer Police Cadets and Harpenden Fire Station will be hosting a Christmas Emergency Services Open Day.

The Christmas Lights will be switched on by The Town Mayor and winner of the Christmas Card Competition, a design competition open to children in Harpenden, at 5pm. This is always a show stopping moment for the Town and a time to appreciate the hospitality and breadth of the best of Harpenden.

Christmas Workshops at the Harpenden Christmas Carnival


We are delighted to be joined by local workshop hosts Poppyseeds Home arts and crafts for children and Lucas May Florist who will lead Christmas Stocking Decorating Craft Workshops, a Christmas Sack Block Printing Workshop and a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop.

Details of these free workshops can be found here: Christmas Workshops at Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2021 | Harpenden Town Council

Please continue to look out for updates on our website and our social media channels.

Covid-19 Procedures:

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND If you need to self-isolate. If you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace; are required to isolate after travel; or because you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms (a high temperature, new and persistent cough, or a loss of/change in sense of taste or smell), even if these symptoms are mild, you must not attend the event. You should follow the government guidance -
  • The event takes place outdoors and will therefore be well ventilated.
  • There will be a number of hand sanitising units around the event.
  • Toilets will be available at the event and these will be cleaned regularly.
  • Track and Trace will be available at the event for those that wish to check in.
  • Attendees are welcome to wear face coverings if they wish to.

We expect this event to be busy. If you have any questions about the procedures in place, please do not hesitate to contact our Events Officer, Harriet Tamke on 01582 463668.