Alternative Christmas Market
Say ‘humbug!’ to the high street and escape the Christmas songs being blasted from every shop; turn to the Last Gang’s Alternative Christmas Market. Taking place on 7 and 8 December at the Blue Moon pub on Norfolk Street, it will feature cool clothes and accessories, posters, cards, comics and cakes, all with a punky or alternative vibe. Stallholders include Pink Apple Jam, Ogl Doll, Cambridge Rollerbillies and Steampunkalooza, plus the Last Gang Emporium, which sells clothes for rockers, metalheads and vintage fans. Takes place 12-4pm, entry is free.
Hear A Christmas Carol told anew at the ADC this month by Infusion Physical Theatre. Scrooge’s Christmas – a dark tale of spooks, death and destiny based on the Dickens classic – will be retold through mime, dance and circus. When Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his business partner, he is warned of the fate which awaits him unless he changes his miserly ways. Spirits’ visits will be portrayed through dazzling acrobatics, performed by local artists. 15 and 16 December, 7.45pm; £10/£12.
Things of Cambridge
Take refuge from the frantic Christmas shopping and instead join an irreverent pub quiz, taking place at Cambridge Junction on 19 December. Things of Cambridge: A Pub Quiz is hosted and performed by Tom Roden of New Art Club and promises a night centred on our own fair city. The show considers the usefulness of knowledge and the value we give to things, with questions ranging from the hypothetical to the personal via heaps of trivia, and includes real artefacts from Cambridge’s museums and farcical prizes. Bring your friends and prepare to be tested. Cheating is very much encouraged. Takes place 8pm; tickets £11.
Portland Anti-Christmas Party
The Portland Arms hosts its annual anti-Christmas shindig on 29 December. If you’re tiring of tinsel and have had your fill of sprouts, this party promises a break from the baubles by playing really good live music from some of the venue’s favourite bands. It’s presented by indie record label and music promoter R*E*P*E*A*T, and ticket prices go towards Love Music Hate Racism. 8-11pm; £5.