Christmas in Cambridgeshire

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Christmas in Cambridgeshire. Find the best Christmas events, markets, Santa’s Grottos, festive theatre and activities in Cambridgeshire.

Festive Afternoon Tea at Parker’s Tavern, until 5 January 

52-42 Regent St, Cambridge CB2 1AD

Parker’s Tavern has launched its first-ever Festive Afternoon Tea menu. Tuck into a mouth-watering journey of seasonal tastes inspired by Christmas festivities and flavours. Expect dishes such as Ferraro Roche, a dark chocolate praline ganache coated in a milk chocolate glaze with feuilletine biscuit, and the Snowman Macaron, a snowman shaped macaron filled with a milk chocolate ganache and chestnut crème. www.parkerstavern.com

The North Pole in Cambridge, 16 November – 5 January

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

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Ice skating in Cambridge returns to Parker’s Piece. Featuring a transparent roof, visitors can skate whatever the weather, under the sun, moon and stars throughout the festive season. This year, even younger ones are taken care of with additional penguin skate aids now available to book online. Visitors can make a whole afternoon of it at The North Pole Cambridge, starting off with a 45-minute glide on the ice, before paying a visit to the funfair and the Alpine Cabin themed bar and stalls for some seasonal refreshments from a warming mulled wine to German bratwurst sausages. www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

Santa Specials at Nene Valley Railway, selected dates from 23 November to 24 December

Wansford Station, 
Stibbington
, Peterborough
, PE8 6LR

Christmas at Nene Valley Railway is not one to be missed but be quick as places to travel with Santa on his magical train are filling up fast! It’s a festive party atmosphere aboard the carriages with sweets treats too! The experience begins in Santa’s grotto where Christmas wishes are made, followed by a trip on the magnificent train. There are three packages available to book online to suit all budgets. To book your place on this magical adventure visit www.nvr.org.uk 

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Inside this year’s North Pole event in Cambridge. Picture: David Johnson Photographic

Cinderella, 28 November – 11 January

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

This timeless tale is packed with sing-along songs, sensational costumes and hilarious jokes for the whole family to enjoy. The star-studded cast includes the return of the legendary ballet dancer and TV personality Wayne Sleep, Bergerac and Woof!’s Liza Goddard and Cambridge’s pantomime favourite Matt Crosby. Joining them will be Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy, Charlotte Kennedy (Les Misérables), Isaac Stanmore (Hetty Feather), Emily Squibb (The Wizard of Oz) and Nancy Hill (Legally Blonde, Hairspray). Book your tickets today…your carriage awaits! www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

Santa’s Grotto at Brampton, Weekends from 30 November – 22 December, plus 23 & 24 December 

Buckden Road, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NF

Santa’s elves will start things off with some singing and dancing and children will be able to make their own bag of reindeer food. Then it’s time to meet Santa who will read an enchanting story, after which, the children can choose their toy to take home. There’s photo opportunities too.  www.frostsgardencentres.co.uk/garden-centres/brampton

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Beauty & the Beast, 5 December – 5 January

Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF

This year’s family pantomime is the tale of ‘Beauty & the Beast’. The story of a young woman who is caught up in a handsome prince’s struggle to defeat an evil witch’s curse. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Festive Wreath Workshops, 6-12 December

Tithe Room at Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely CB7 4HF

Learn a new skill and create your very own beautiful festive wreath for your front door. No previous experience is needed as you’ll be given step by step guidance. The wreath will have a moss-based ring, then covered in festive foliage followed by a choice of decorations such as pine cones, cinnamon bundles, baubles and ribbon. Everything you need is provided, plus refreshments. Priced £45 per person. Booking essential. www.popupblooms.com

Christmas Gifts & Crafts Fair, 7 December

The Kings Suite, Wood Green, The Animals Charity, Kings Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH

A variety of local gifts and crafts stalls offering jewellery, cards, candles, art and knitted items and a charity raffle. Hosted by DuffleCat, the events will raise money for Wood Green Animals Charity. www.facebook.com/events/719385215160033

Mill Road Winter Fair, 7 December, 10.30am-4.30pm

C/o Al Amin, 100a Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2BD

Enjoy the atmospheric buzz of this popular Cambridge Christmas market. Cambridge businesses come together with a range of stalls selling gifts and decorations and delicious food. The fair takes over Cambridge’s trendy Mill Road with music and entertainment guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Last year the event attracted over 10,000 visitors so expect it to be busy. One not to be missed! www.millroadwinterfair.org

Needle felted Christmas ornaments workshop 7 December, 10:30am – 1pm & 2pm – 4:30pm

Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF

This Christmas, learn to make decorations using traditional needle felting. Join a local textile artist and artisan felter. In this workshop, she will guide you through making a felted robin and small felted Santa or gnome to decorate your festive tree, or give away as gifts. The cost of the workshop includes the use of all materials. Priced £20 per person. www.vivacity.org/heritage-venues/peterborough-museum-art-gallery/

Dick Whittington, 13 December – 5 January

The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely CB7 4BB

A classic family pantomime. Dick Whittington is off to London to seek his fortune and find the streets that are paved with gold. Along with his new found feline companion, Dick Whittington may just be the answer to everyone’s problems. Is he the one to save the day from Queen Rat’s quest to take over London? Book tickets at www.themaltingsely.org.uk

Adam Kay: Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, 14 December

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE

Following the million-selling success of ‘This Is Going To Hurt’, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime. ‘Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas’ is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year. Book tickets at www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Christmas Magic at Peterborough Cathedral, 14 December – 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS

There’s nothing quite like a choir singing carols to get you in the festive spirit. Stop by the Cathedral for an afternoon of Christmas delights from the Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and Peterborough Festival Brass all performing festive favourites. www.peterboroughcathedral.org.uk/143/section.aspx/142/christmas_magic19

Feather & Fern workshop. Image: Hannah Duffy

Christmas Table Centrepiece Workshop, 18 December

Feather & Fern, 7 Crown Street, St Ives, PE27 5EB

Florist Feather & Fern will help participants create beautiful, festive centre pieces. You will learn how to make your own table arrangement with candles using dried fruits, festive foliage and other adornments which are all included. There’s a festive grazing station too! This will be a lovely pre-Christmas event to get you into the Christmas spirit. Book at www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/becky-frost-17983554815

Cathedral by Candlelight Tour, 18 December, 7pm

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS

An atmospheric guided tour of the Cathedral by candlelight. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

Christmas Riverside Walk, 29 December

Departs from Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely CB7 4HF

This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents. www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

The Snowman with Live Orchestra, 30 December

Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely

Immerse yourself in the irresistible animated film of The Snowman this Christmas, accompanied by a live orchestra. A heart-warming experience that brings more than a snowman to life – and featuring the much-loved classic ‘Walking in the Air’ – it’s a festive favourite for the whole family. www.carrotproductions.com/the-snowman

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