Bedford Falls, the town made famous in the classic Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, comes to life this weekend and you don’t even have to leave the Cleveland area to see it. Just head for the Cleveland southeast suburb of Bedford on Saturday, December 12 from noon – 4 p.m. and attend the city’s annual “Christmas in Bedford Falls” celebration.
Taking place in the historic district of Bedford, the city pays homage to the famous holiday movie by becoming Bedford Falls for 4 hours. The festival kicks off at noon with the arrival of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the 1892 historic train station. Activities will be offered along Broadway Avenue on the street and at various businesses and at the Town Square. Among the sights, sounds and activities will be photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, puppet shows, strolling carolers, the Polar Express story time, a children’s craft tent, performances by Balloon Bender Dave and tours of downtown Bedford on Lolly the Trolley. And don’t miss the Burning River-N-Track train display.
Also, be sure to check out the Bedford Historical Museum (located next to the Bedford Town Square) which will have an open house featuring Christmas displays. The Bedford Square lighting display will be lit up for all to enjoy. There will be a variety of treats and giveaways for visitors at various locations in town.
Admission to the “Christmas in Bedford Falls’ event is free. Parking is free. Hours again are noon – 4 p.m. For more information about the “Christmas in Bedford Falls” celebration, call the Bedford Chamber of Commerce at 216-232-0115 or get online at www.bedfordchamberoh.org.
Bedford Commons (Town Square) is located at the corner of Broadway Avenue and South Park St. in Bedford, Ohio. Bedford is a southeast suburb of Cleveland.