Cambridge is a beautiful city and lends itself well to the twinkle and glitter of the festive period. Visiting at this time of year for some Christmas shopping at the stores and Christmas markets in Cambridge is a real joy! Here’s how you can enjoy really make the most of Cambridge at Christmas.
Christmas markets in Cambridge:
You will find the main market centrally in the market square. Here you are able to browse the many arts and crafts stalls on the market and enjoy goods from over 60 independent traders. Find fabulous items including; vintage clothing, artisan foods and drink, jewellery, art, crafts and lots more. A great place to find those really unique gifts. The market is within easy access to the other main shopping areas.
Nearby All Saints Garden Arts and Crafts Market also offers original gift ideas and is held every Saturday. Here you will find artisan arts and crafts including; sculptures, jewellery, household crafts and paintings. Be sure to enjoy the selection of wonderful independent shops nearby to pick up those stocking fillers.
The annual Mill Road Winter Fair is held on the first Saturday of December each year and brings together local businesses and organisations. It has sadly been cancelled for the past years due to the pandemic but when it is running you can enjoy finding your Christmas shopping items from the local shops and stallholders whilst taking in culture from the musicians, artists and dancers. There are many excellent places to eat and drink on Mill Road too. This year it has been replaced by Mill Road Saturdays- see the website for details.
Nearby Christmas Markets near Cambridge:
- Peterborough Cathedral Christmas Market.
- Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair.
- Histon Handmade Craft Fair.
- Wimpole Christmas Craft Fair
- Burghley Christmas Fair
- Cambridgeshire Christmas Crafts and Food Fair
The City Centre and the shopping centre The Grand Arcade is where you will find all of the high street shops, as well as many fabulous independent businesses. Wander the cobbled streets and pass the beautiful university buildings to find them. The Grafton Centre offers larger stores, and has a new food court upstairs. Try the delicious flammekueche made by AMÉLIE. You will also find the VUE cinema here with its luxurious leather recliner seats- perfect after a nice meal and a busy days sightseeing.
A little further from the centre but well worth the walk is Mill Road. Here you can enjoy independent businesses offering diverse and exciting food and drink. Stroll around delis and international supermarkets, or take a break at one of the fabulous restaurants or coffee shops.
The BIG SWITCH ON and late night shopping:
The Big Switch on of the Christmas lights is held during November. After this, late night shopping is each Wednesday until 8pm in both the Grand Arcade and The Grafton Centre. Close to Christmas, many of the independent shops open until 7pm each night. I don’t know about you but I love late night shopping- it’s the twinkly lights! The opportunity to combine shopping with a great meal at one of the brilliant Cambridge restaurants after is also a bonus.
Other Christmas Activities:
If you are visiting Cambridge with children, there are plenty of things to see and do. Enjoy some festive fun at the North Pole Winter Wonderland on Parkers Piece where you can really get in the festive spirit with ice skating, Christmas themed rides, the Alpine Bar and a visit to Father Christmas himself. Or how about a trip to the theatre? Head to the ADC Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre or the Corn Exchange for some festive fun or a quality show. You may have enjoyed the televised Christmas Carols at Kings College, so a visit to the college itself can feel very festive.
We hope that you enjoy your trip to this wonderful city. Let us know you favourite market stalls, shops and independent restaurants in the comments below.