Bideford is well known for getting into the Christmas spirit and this year the town really has come together to offer a variety of Christmas markets, late night shopping and lots of festive entertainment.

The NEW community website showcases over 30 different events and activities to choose from this Christmas, many of which are free. You can delight in a yuletide performance, experience a festive workshop, enjoy good food and drink, and of course shop!

There is something to make even the most ‘Bah Humbug’ of us feel a twinge of delight! 

If you’re not sure what to do to get you in the festive mood here are some that we wholeheartedly recommend:

Thursday late-night shopping

Bideford boasts an enviable number of the region’s top independent shops, cafés and restaurants. The town is staying open until 7pm on the 8th, 15th and 22nd December with Affinity Outlet staying open until 8pm. Expect Christmas treats, festive promotions, stalls, and entertainment!

Christmas Light Switch On

The light switch on Sunday 4th December is so much more than magical lights (yes they really are magical!) There will be a fun fair, market stalls, live music, Santa’s grotto, and the Lantern Parade.

Christmas markets

Choose to eat, drink and be merry or seek out that unique handmade gift at one of the wonderful festive markets and fayres in and around Bideford showcasing crafts, tasty treats and Christmas activities.

Christmas is the perfect time to get together with your community, bring your family along and enjoy the merriest of seasons in Bideford. To find out more about these events and all the events on offer:

Visit and join in the magic in Bideford this Christmas.