The hugely popular Christmas Festival Weekend is set to returns Leighton Buzzard

Organised by Leighton-Linslade Town Council in conjunction with LB First, the 3 day event will provide something for everyone. Festivities begin at 4pm when the Christmas craft and gift market opens for business. Over 30 stalls have so far confirmed their attendance providing the opportunity to buy something unusual for family and friends. The ever popular funfair will also be there as well as the scrumptious food court.

The main stage will provide live entertainment from local community groups. At 7pm, guests of honour (including a deserving local for whom the public voted) will start Christmas proper with the turning on of the Christmas Tree as well as the brand new town centre lighting display. Thereafter, the skies will be lit up by a firework display. Entertainment continues on the main stage with “The Catch” headliners offering live music.

On Saturday, hundreds of Santa’s will descend on the town to take part in the annual Kids Out Santa dash which starts in Church Square at 11am. Festive entertainment alongside the Charter market can be found in the High Street throughout the day.

Sunday welcomes back the Christmas Craft and Gift Market between 11am and 3pm. The Leighton-Linslade Concert Band, Victorian Carol Singers, Jones and Barnard as well as the Giant Elves will also be there. In addition, there will be an opportunity to have a family photo in a giant snow globe, take home a balloon model or make Christmas Biscuits with our demonstrators and entertainers throughout the day.

For more information about the Leighton-Linslade Christmas Festival Weekend please see our website;, our social media channels; @LLTC_News.All attractions and entertainment correct at time of publication.


Rediscovering Uniqueness

With the Christmas Festival weekend underway kick starting this year’s festive season many local businesses have come together supported by the Federation of Small Business and LB First to promote Small Business Saturday on the 1st December.

This is a national campaign which encourages residents to support their local small businesses helping to maintain a vibrant local economy and town centre. With all the hullabaloo over recent years about ‘ Black Friday ‘ and ‘ Cyber Monday ‘ it’s easy for small businesses to be forgotten but with last year’s Small Business Saturday showing the highest amount spent so far with small businesses by consumers across the country it seems as though people are rediscovering the uniqueness of what their local small businesses, producers, artisans and market traders have to offer.

Last year also saw the most advertising, promoting and social media posts with many local authorities and national politicians getting behind the campaign. This is something that the Federation of Small Business has been supporting for many years such as its ‘ Be Vocal Shop Local ‘ campaign and in more recent years L.B. First on a more local level.

So if you are a small business, producer, artisan or market trader and you would like to find out more then contact Gennaro on 01525 854273. And of course to all our local residents please do continue to support our towns businesses as much as possible, every pound you spend with a local small business is reinvested locally making the town’s economy more vibrant and sustainable which is better for everybody. Check out the website