Many of the Christmas rituals we celebrate today began in Victorian times - a time where Bedford returned to at the weekend for its annual festive event.
Thousands of people visited the town centre Victorian Fair for the host of traditional attractions and costumed stall holders.
Children from Years 5 and 6 at Great Denham Primary School entertained shoppers with a selection of Christmas songs and Carols.
They dressed for the occasion in Victorian outfits and had a stall selling Victorian goods, and their very own magazine, Hard Times, which they wrote, designed and had published themselves.
All proceeds from the stall, magazine and donations are going to Barnardo’s.
Head teacher Denise Burgess said: “The children had a wonderful time. They have been studying life in the Victorian times this term so they really enjoyed having the chance to dress up like Victorian children and sing. It was very jolly and Christmassy.”
She added: ““We are delighted that there was also the bonus of raising money for such a worthwhile organisation as Barnardo’s which was founded in the 19th century.”
The event also boasted many stalls selling an array of seasonal gifts, foods and treats.
Throughout the three-day fair, there was seasonal street entertainment, music and shows filled with fun characters.
Children enjoyed the rides including a helter-skelter, carousel, swing boats, and a steam engine.
As popular as it is, the fair faces an uncertain future as Bedford Borough Council strives to reduce its budget by £25.6million budget by 2020.
Scrapping the Christmas fair from 2016, will save £10,000.