Here are our top Christmas picks you won’t want to miss this festive season!
Lose yourself in a winter wonderland at Blackthorpe Barn’s Christmas festival, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Set in a medieval thatched building at the heart of The Rougham Estate, the barn houses a rich array of decorations, gifts and handmade crafts – including knitwear, ceramics and organic beauty products. You can purchase a prestigious Rougham Estate Christmas tree while you’re there, too, and enjoy mulled wine and a freshly-baked bite at the Courtyard Café.
The North Pole, Cambridge
The North Pole has returned to Parker’s Piece – and this year it’s bigger than ever! Skate to your heart’s content on the covered ice rink, enjoy a warming beverage at the Ice Bar, and get your fill of thrills on the longest ice slide in the UK. The attraction is open until 3 January.
Carols on the River
On 5 December, the Choir of St John the Evangelist, Let’s Go Punting and The Traditional Punting Company will join together for the unmissable Christmas Carols on the River. This gorgeous festive spectacle sees guests chauffeured down the College Backs in punts, while the choir performs a programme of classic Christmas carols alongside. And all ticket sales will go to the charity Blue Smile.
Christmas at the Gonville
For a festive feast in a magical setting, check out The Gonville’s Winter Garden: a chic, après-ski-style outdoor dining experience in the heart of the city centre. As well as beautiful decor, expect seasonal cocktails and delicious specials on the
food menu. The hotel itself will be adorned in festive finery, too, and is open throughout the holiday period (including on Christmas Day) – for dining, overnight stays and drinks.
Mill Road Saturdays
In lieu of the Mill Road Winter Fair, the final instalment of Mill Road Saturdays will take place on 4 December. As well
as live music and craft stalls, families can look forward to a huge choice of activities including face painting, science experiments and the I Spy Mill Road bunting trail, guiding you on a tour of the street’s legendary hotspots.
Linton Christmas Market
The lovely Linton Christmas Market returns on 11 December, with carol singing, mulled wine, all sorts of food and drink – and, of course, lots of great ideas for Christmas gifts from local crafters. The event takes place at the Free Church on Horn Lane, and runs 10am-2pm.