Planning on wrapping up and heading out to soak up the festivities this Winter? Well, there’s nowhere quite like Cambridge at Christmas. Here’s our guide to the top things to do in Cambridge this Winter.

The North Pole at Parker’s Piece

If it’s a mini Winter Wonderland you’re looking for, then look no further. From mid-November until early January, the famous Parker’s Piece in Cambridge turns into a magical ‘North Pole’ equipped with a 600m open-air ice rink, a big wheel, fantastic fairground rides and the best food and drink imaginable.

If you’re inner kid doesn’t surface here, then it probably never will!

Tickets are £11.50 for adults, £9.50 for children under 12, and can be purchased from the North Pole Cambridge website. It’s also worth checking out our ‘Shop and Skate’ package that incorporates an overnight stay with breakfast and evening meal at The Royal Cambridge Hotel. And, of course, mince pies.


Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a good old Panto, right? (Don’t worry, we’re not going to do the ‘oh no it wouldn’t’ jokes…!)

This year at The Cambridge Arts Theatre, they’ve got a classic in Jack and the Beanstalk. From Thursday 30 November – Sunday 7 January, you could be watching Tony Christie and Liza Goddard in this spectacular family pantomime.

The show costs between £17 and £39 with tickets available in advance from the Cambridge Arts Theatre website.

Botanic Winter Garden

Our friends at the Botanic Gardens have always got a range of amazing displays, and that doesn’t change in the winter.

Their Winter Garden, along with their other gardens and collections, are simply beautiful and well worth a visit.

Head over to for more information.

Mill Road Winter Fair

The first Saturday of December in Cambridge has become an iconic date in Cambridge’s calendar thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of the Mill Road Winter Fair.

Once the road is closed, cue the activities. These include live music, street performances, arts and crafts exhibitions, along with a variety of food and drink stalls.

If you’re not planning on being in Cambridge on Saturday 2 December, it might be worth rearranging your diary so you are, as this is a must-see.
More information about exactly what is on, as well as some excellent photos of last year’s event can be seen on the Mill Road Winter Fair website.

Sporting Events

Love it or hate, football is a Boxing Day tradition. If you want to take in a bit of the sporting action, there’s no better place than The Cambs Glass Stadium. This year, Cambridge United are at home to fellow play-off hopefuls Newport County.

For ticket information, visit the Cambridge United official website.

Afternoon Tea

If all this cold weather is too much, why not come and enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the relaxing environment of The Royal Cambridge Hotel.

Only a short stroll from all of Cambridge’s best sights, The Royal Cambridge Hotel is your ideal Winter destination when exploring everything Cambridge has to offer.