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Christmas in Cambridge – Magical things to do 2023

Christmas in Cambridge. King's College Chapel in the snow

Christmas in Cambridge – Magical things to do 2023

Christmas in Cambridge wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the Pantomime. This year Mother Goose is running at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from Thursday 1st December to Sunday 8th January. It’s a great panto full of fun for all the family including jokes, laughter, and singing. Additionally, The Nutcracker will return to the Corn Exchange, from the 27th December – 30th December. This classical ballet will be accompanied by a live orchestra for a spectacular experience.

There are also smaller venues with great reputations that are worth checking out.  The University’s Amateur Dramatic Club puts on performances at the ADC Theatre (also home to the Cambridge Footlights).

Christmas Lights

 Christmas in Cambridge  is always an array of sparkling, twinkling lights. The lights normally go on around November time and the main market square and side streets (including Rose Crescent, Green Street, and Magdelene Bridge) are lit up, creating a wonderful atmosphere. There are also numerous places further afield where you can see some wonderful light displays and shows. 

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust Property that is a short drive out of Cambridge and is located near the Village of Quy. This magical trail takes you on a wonderful walking tour of the grounds. Be prepared for lots of wow moments as you walk through the winter garden and further afield to the Main House. Afterwards, you can treat yourself to a tasty hot chocolate from one of the street stalls. To book your tickets visit the website.

Wimpole Hall

Wimpole Hall is another National Trust Property that hosts its light show. The new illuminations trail consists of millions of twinkling lights and seasonal sounds. The Mansion House is decorated for Christmas and there’s plenty of festive food and drinks on offer. To book your tickets visit the website 

Cambridge University Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens are beautiful whatever the season, on a cold crisp winter’s day it’s truly stunning and a great place to capture photos. This December for the first time ever the Garden will be holding its first ever winter lights trail. Visitors will take a stroll around an enchanted Garden, through magical scenes that enhance the natural landscape. If that all sounds too chilly you can warm up in the glasshouse, or pop into the café for a warming drink or snack.

Winter Football Match

If you are a sports fan, the Cambridge United stadium traditionally hosts a game on Boxing Day. Why not book tickets and make it a yearly family treat? It’s a great way to get a bit of fresh air after the celebrations of Christmas Day.

Christmas in Cambridge: Ice Skating

If skating is your thing there is an ice rink located at Newmarket Road next to the Park and Ride. There’s plenty of opportunity to become the next Torvill and Dean or you can book to watch some ice hockey which regularly takes place at the rink. To find out more visit their website 

Grande Arcade

The Grande Arcade always has a variety of activities going on at Christmas in Cambridge. For little ones, you can join Mrs Claus’s storytelling session. Every Weekend from December until Christmas, Mrs. Claus will be telling Christmas tales in Grand Arcade.

To find out more and book your spot visit. There’s also a special post box located in the Basement at John Lewis. Post Father Christmas your special letter and he will send you a reply!

Lastly, you can visit the Caroling Reindeer. Come and say hello to this cute reindeer on the first floor and he will sing you a carol. 

Christmas in Cambridge: Punting

Punting isn’t just for the Summer why not take a magical punt along the River Cam. Snuggle up with some blankets and a hot chocolate.  To really make the most of your winter punting experience, book for the annual Cambridge Christmas event, Christmas Carols on the River.

Festive Afternoon tea

If afternoon tea is more your thing, there are a few places where you can treat yourself

Parkers Tavern has a delightful festive afternoon tea package. Treats to devour include a Chestnut Snowman Macaron and a Rudolph the Red Nose Rocher.

Further into town is The Ivy another gem for afternoon tea and cocktails.

Slightly out of town is the beautiful Madingley Hall where you can have a festive afternoon tea in The Saloon Bar. The Hall is also home to some glorious gardens, which are a lovely location for an afternoon stroll.

Whatever you plan to do there is always something going at Christmas in Cambridge and even in the depths of Winter, there’s something to get you into the seasonal spirit.

Christ’s College Accommodation

If you are looking for somewhere to stay this festive period we have B&B availability from the 8th – the 21st of December 2022.

Christ’s College is the perfect location to stay in whilst visiting Cambridge at Christmas. The College is close to the Grande Arcade, as well as being a short stroll from the historic market square, Kings College Chapel, Fitzwilliam Museum, and the River Cam.

Our Cambridge accommodation rooms are modern, and many have an en-suite bathroom. As a guest of the College, you are welcome to explore the beautiful grounds which are steeped in history.

You can be sure of a warm welcome and our dedicated team of staff recently won a Gold Bid Award for Best Overall Customer Experience 2022.


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