Once the last minute shopping has been wrapped plan your Christmas week with our round up, whether it’s carols and mulled wine or rugby at the Blues.
On Christmas Eve St Andrews are holding a Children’s Crib Service at 2.30pm (optional dress as a Nativity character), followed by Carols by Candlelight at 4.30pm and also at 6.30pm. With Midnight Mass at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day they will be holding a quiet Communion at 8am, followed by a Christmas Morning Eucharist at 10am.
St Peter De Merton are hosting ‘Nativity Mayhem in the Manger (dress as your favourite Christmas character) on the 24 December at 3.30pm with Midnight Holy Communion at 11.30pm.
St Paul’s has a 4pm Christmas Eve Crib Service and later that evening (10.20pm) there will be carols round the tree. Midnight Mass by Candlelight starts at 11pm. On Christmas Day the Church starts with Communion at 8am followed by a Eucharist at 10.15am.
Over in Brickhill at St Mark’s Church on 21 December there will be carols in the car park at 6.30pm with mulled wine and mince pies and music from the Bedford Town Band. On Christmas Eve the crib service will be at 3pm, Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm and Midnight Mass starts at 11.30pm. On Christmas Day, the family service starts 9.30am
On Christmas Eve The Kiosk in the Park (Russell Park) always draws a great crowd for carols at 4pm and they are serving mulled wine and mince pies to keep those singing voices warm.
And on Christmas Day itself, for those that want to save the Christmas lunch prep, a number of pubs and restaurants are open so check out the set menus at The Kings Arms Cardington, The Barns Hotel (Santa will also be popping in over lunch), The Park , The Swan Hotel or D’Parys. I will be heading to New Bombay for an alternative Christmas dinner with a curry
On Boxing Day make a family trip to watch the Rugby at the Blues, sure to be packed out as the Blues face Ampthill with a 3pm kick off.
If you need to dust away the cobwebs and walk off the Christmas pud, join The Forest of Marston Vale for a Christmas Bird Walk on Friday 27 December. Dress for the weather with waterproof shoes or boots (and only £4 per person).
And when we reach the next decade, start 2020 with a promenade along the Embankment stopping off at The Longholme (open for brunch from 10am).