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What’s On: Christmas in Bishop’s Stortford with ice skating, panto and more

Dig out the tinsel and jingle those bells as Christmas is almost upon us! There’s a whole host of fabulous festivities planned in Bishop’s Stortford. Here’s some sparkling highlights

Bishop's Stortford Town Council Christmas fayre
Bishop's Stortford Town Council Christmas fayre

Community Advent Calendar

Where: Jackson Square Community Space

When: December 1-24

Enjoy 24 community-based events brought to you by some of the town’s charities, businesses and services, including Bishop’s Stortford BID. There’s one exciting event per day.

More: jacksonsquareshopping.co.uk

Barringtons’ Jingle Bell Sleigh

Where: Across Bishop’s Stortford

When: Friday, December 8, 5pm-7pm

Barringtons, Jingle Bell Sleigh event
Barringtons, Jingle Bell Sleigh event

Welcome to this FREE event for all the family, with donations gratefully received in aid of Isabel Hospice. Line the streets to witness Santa, his ‘reindeer’ (horses) and elves on their two-hour journey, bringing festive cheer to the town and making Christmas truly magical. Grab a hot chocolate or a bite to eat and take advantage of a photo opportunity in Market Square. Bishop’s Stortford Rugby Club is the final destination where there will be more festive fun and refreshments.

More: For a detailed route and various stop off points, go to Facebook/Instagram @barringtonsfuneraldirectors

Santa’s Grotto

Where: South Mill Arts

When: Saturday, December 9 -Sunday, December 24

This is set to be a truly magical experience! Hear all about the Christmas preparations from Santa himself, receive a free gift and enjoy festive crafts, before indulging in hot chocolate and cookies in the VIP Christmas Café. Tickets are £15 and admit one adult and one child to the grotto.



Where: South Mill Arts

When: Saturday, December 9-Tuesday, January 2

See the most loved of all pantomimes brought to life! Writer/director Ian McFarlane, and a cast of all-singing and dancing West End performers will present this jewel of a fairy tale classic, with a few magical twists! Tickets from £18.50.

More: Visit southmillarts.co.uk for performance times, booking details and other Christmas events.

Ice Rink

Where: Charringtons Car Park

When: December 28-30

Exciting news . . .the ice rink is coming to town! The Town Council, East Herts and the BID are working together to deliver a frosty festive treat for the people of Bishop’s Stortford. There is free ice skating for all, so get wrapped up and prepare to glide! No need to book.

More: Instagram/Facebook @DiscoverStortford and discoverstortford.co.uk

Shop Local

In addition to the fabulous array of festive events, our businesses and retailers have lots on offer this Christmas. Explore the different parts of town, check out gifting ideas and support your local high street.

Stuck for present inspiration? Why not pick up a Discover Stortford Gift Card, available in Tourist Information and online and accepted by 40+ businesses across town? For a full list, visit www.discoverstortford.co.uk/gift-card

Don’t forget the click and collect services available in town, including Waitrose (John Lewis), Next, Sainsbury’s, Argos, Ruby Room, New Look and Marks & Spencer.

Northgate End is convenient for parking with over 500 spaces. All day parking is available.

Keep up to date

Check out our website discoverstortford.co.uk or follow us on Instagram/Facebook@DiscoverStortford and Twitter/X @StortfordBID

Any questions? Email mads@bishopsstortfordbid.co.uk

On behalf of the Bishop’s Stortford BID, we would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas!

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