Northstowe Winter Festival is back for 2023! 

The days may be short and the temperature low but there are lots of exciting things happening here in Northstowe this winter.

Northstowe Winter Festival aims to make it easier for everyone in our community to find out what’s happening locally during these months. After 2 years of fantastic coordination by Northstowe Arts, this year Northstowe Hub and the Northstowe community development officers are taking the reins.  Come back soon to find out about all the events happening in Northstowe over the next few months

Are you organising an event in Northstowe and want to join in? We'd love to support you! Get in touch at

November 2023

 10th - 25th Nov 2023

Diwali Celebrations

Join Hindu Samaji Northstowe as they celebrate Diwali. Lanterns, Parades and Celebrations, Various events see Hindu Samaji social media for more...

 12th Nov 2023

Northstowe's Act of Remembrance

Join with the whole community, faith groups and Uniformed organisations for a short act of remembrance and wreath laying on the banks of Bughunters Water 

Where: Bughunter Water

When: 10:45am with silence at 11am

 12th Nov 2023

Afternoon Tea and Lantern Making

Join Northstowe Arts and Pathfinder Church creating willow lanterns ready to "Light Up Longest Night". Alongside cakes, conversations, board games and space to pause and reflect

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: 3:30-5pm

 25th Nov 2023

Christmas Lights Switch On: Northstowe Town Council

Witness our Mayor turn on the Christmas lights on the Green. Music from Northstowe Open Mic, Food Vans, provided by Northstowe foodies along with free hot chocolate from Northstowe Hub.

Where: The Green

When: 5-8pm (lights switch on at 6pm)

 29th Nov 2023

Creative Get-Together special: Lantern Making 

Creative Get-Togethers are an opportunity on Wednesday evenings to focus on your creativity, in the company of like-minded people, with a cup of tea and a biscuit included! For this Creative Get-Together special, join Syrah to make willow and tissue paper lanterns ready to Light Up Longest Night next month. 

Where: The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way Northstowe

When: 7-9pm

December 2023

Through Dec 2023

"Festive Heros and Villains" Advent Windows | Pathfinder Church Northstowe, local groups, and YOU?

There are still a few spaces left for you to sign up to make one of your windows part of Northstowe's larger than life Advent Calendar! Each day in the run up to Christmas, one house will unveil their window, leaving us to guess their favourite festive heros and villains. Email to sign up. 

Where: Windows all over Northstowe, starting with Pathfinder Primary

When: 1st-25th December

From 1st Dec

Advent Adventure | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

This Advent we are adventuring. With the help of Ed Drew's family devotional book 'The Adventure of Christmas' we'll be reading through the Christmas story together throughout December. Alongside the book, we'll be using the matching advent calendar and a daily short video from different people from Emmanuel on our Facebook page. To join in and receive a free Advent pack, simply e-mail with your name, address and if applicable how many children are in your household (1-4s, 5-11s, 12-18s). 

1st Dec

Wreath Making and Talk | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

A fun free event for adults (and teens accompanied by parents), making wreaths, enjoying Christmas drinks and listening to a short evangelistic talk.

10th Dec 2023

Toy Swap | Sustainable Northstowe

Help make christmas more sustainable. Bring your vintage toys to pass on to others and pick up some early presents!

Where: The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 10am-12pm

10th Dec 2023

Market | Northstowe Town Council

Weekly market - come and support some local businesses

Where: The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 10am-2pm

10th Dec 2023

Crafts and Family Carol Service | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

A free event for families. Crafts (including gingerbread decorating) and Christmas snacks. Followed by an all age Christmas service, exploring the Christmas story in an interactive way. Children are welcome to come dressed as nativity characters, and play a part in the story. 

Where: Northstowe Secondary College 

When: 10th December 9:30am (crafts) 10:30am (family carol service)

15th Dec 2023

Northstowe’s Beer and Carols | Pathfinder Church Northstowe working with Northstowe Foodies, and a wide range of community groups and local residents

Back by popular demand, we'll gather round Northstowe's Christmas Tree by the light of (electronic) tea lights to sing Northstowe's Favourite Carols interspersed with poems and reading from various community figures. Foodies’ Food Trucks will be on the Green 5-8pm, including a bar selling alcoholic drinks for those who wish to indulge or free Hot chocolate will be available from Northstowe Hub.

We warmly invite you to bring along hot chocolates, teas, or coffee to keep those fingers warm as we sing!   

Where: The Green, Pathfinder Way

When:  Carols 7-7:45pm

17th Dec 2023

Christmas Full Market | Northstowe Town Council

Food, Crafts and more come down to the Cabin and explore all the market has to offer

Where: The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 10am-2pm

17th Dec 2023

Traditional Outdoors Carol Service | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

Around the tree on The Green (The Cabin, Northstowe Green wet weather option)

A traditional carols and readings service around the beautiful tree on The Green. Come and sing with others or listen. Free Christmas drinks and snacks afterwards.

Where: The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 6pm

20th Dec 2023

Lantern Making with Northstowe Hub 

This workshop will focus on making lanterns from cereal boxes! Join Syrah to make lanterns ready to Light Up Longest Night at this workshop suitable for even the youngest members of the family. The Northstowe Hub Café will also be open and ready with delicious drinks and snacks! 

Where: Northstowe Hub Cafe, The Cabin

When: 10am-12pm

21st Dec 2023

Light Up Longest Night 

We'd love to see lanterns, candles and festive lights in front gardens or windows across Northstowe and beyond - shining out into the darkness of Longest Night. 

Where: YOUR houses throughout Northstowe

When: From Dusk

21st Dec 2023

Campfire Compline | Pathfinder Church Northstowe 

On Longest Night, we recognise that this season can be hard, for many reasons. We take some time to acknowledging that things can still feel dark even in this season of light. 

Where: Outside Church House, 6 Woodpecker Close, Northstowe CB24 1AW

When: 8-8:30pm

23rd Dec 2023

Advent Windows Social Walk 

Social Walk around Northstowe to see the communities Christmas windows

Where: Meet outside The Cabin, 1 The Green Northstowe

When: 4pm (walk will last approx. 1hr)

24th Dec 2023

Christmas around the World Service | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

An all age Christmas service exploring Christmas around Northstowe and the world, with songs and traditions from different nations. Jesus is good news for all nations, and we’ll focus on the wise men from the East, who come to find Jesus. Everyone welcome. Free refreshments after the service. 

Where: The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 10:30am

24th Dec 2023

Scratch Nativity | Pathfinder Church Northstowe 

Come dressed as a nativity character and join in!

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: 24th Dec, 3.30-4.30pm

24th Dec 2023

“Midnight” Campfire Communion | Pathfinder Church Northstowe 

One of Northstowe's most wonderful Christmas traditions. Once the potatoes are peeled and the presents wrapped, we gather (weather permitting) around a cracking campfire to await the moment when Christmas Eve tips into Christmas Day. And there to celebrate, with bread and wine, and words hallowed by tradition, the miracle of Christmas - God made flesh: love present among us! 

Where: A campfire outside The Pathfinder CofE Primary School (inside if wet)

When: 11.40pm (Dec 24) -12:20am (Dec 25)

25th Dec 2023

Christmas Morning Celebration | Pathfinder Church Northstowe 

Join us for a laid back Christmas Morning Gathering, with pastries, bucks fizz, carols, and storytelling.

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: 25th Dec, 9:30-10:30am

25th Dec 2023

Christmas Morning Service | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

Around the tree on Northstowe Green (The Cabin, Northstowe Green wet weather option)

A simple Christmas morning service, singing carols, praying and reading the accounts of the first Christmas. Everyone welcome 

Where: The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 25th Dec, 10:30am

January 2024

Jan 2024

Regular Sunday Gatherings | Pathfinder Church Northstowe

Church – but not as you know it. Those forming Pathfinder Church come from all traditions and from none: together we are pilgrims on a journey, asking questions and exploring the connections we find between everyday life and our spirituality and faith. What unites us is much stronger than our denominational backgrounds: it is a rooted, growing, and transforming faith based on an encounter with the ancient God who still changes lives today. Our vision is to be people who are praying, exploring and sharing. 

Where: Pathfinder Primary School Hall

When: Every Sunday during school term, 3.30-5pm

3rd Jan 2024

Little Explorers | Pathfinder Church Northstowe  

Blurb: New year, New start? Time for you, your child and God. Join us for singing, storytelling, toys, crafts, and space to simply be. (Please bring along a travel cup. Suggested donations £3 per family – but talk to us if that would be a barrier:

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School

When: Every Thursday during school term; drop in from 9.15am, main session 9.45-10.45am

12th Jan 2024

January Blues Jazz and Pudding event with short talk | Emmanuel Church Northstowe

An evening of live music, puddings, and a chance to reflect on the new year, and what brings joy and hope. Everyone welcome. 

Where:  The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 7:45pm

February 2024

24th Feb 2024

Mother Language Day Celebration

Join Northstowe Hub in a celebration of the diversity of languages spoken here in Northstowe.

Where:  The Cabin, 1 The Green, Pathfinder Way

When: 3-5pm