Don’t miss Cambridge’s festive lights get flicked on for Christmas
Heralding the beginning of Christmas here in Cambridge, this year’s Big Switch-On takes place on 18 November. Revealing twinkling illuminations around the city centre, the event also features entertainment from local choirs and buskers, plus a visit from Santa and a top-secret celebrity, who’ll be flicking the switch at 5pm.
Be sure to pop into the Grand Arcade, too, where a host of choirs and musicians will build up the festive spirit from midday, with the centre’s lights coming on at 4pm. Cambridge Theatre Group will show extracts from their new production of Peter Pan, a Stagecoach choir and dance group will perform, with the Rock Choir doing the final buildup to the big switch-on.
Stores will be open for festive shopping, with many serving mince pies and Christmas drinks. And to make sure the event goes off with a bang, the arcade’s confetti canons have been given extra power this year. They are now able to throw glitter up to 12 metres into the air, to cover the mall in stars.