We know it’s cold out there, but these events are worth battling the elements for! Crawl on out from your blanket burrito and discover the wealth of Christmas things to do in Cambridge. 

The North Pole

legs from the ankle down wearing white ice skates and skating on an ice rink16 November-5 January

No, we’re not asking you to go on a doomed voyage to find the Northwest Passage, or infringe on Santa’s privacy. Leave your compass and hard tack at home — Cambridge’s own North Pole is easy to find, located on Parker’s Piece. The skating rink is fun for everyone, whether you’re clinging to the edges or showing off your skills; it’s also covered by a beautiful transparent dome that will make you feel like you’re inside a snow globe, protecting you from the elements as you zoom around on the ice. There’s also a variety of funfair rides and games. And if you’re ready for a break from all the excitement, relax and warm up with a hot chocolate, mulled wine, or some other seasonally appropriate beverage at one of the bars. 

(For anyone interested in visiting the real North Pole, the Polar Museum at the Scott Polar Research Institute is full of enough chilling history to delight anyone’s craving for exploration. Plus looking at all that Arctic and Antarctic gear will make Cambridge feel warmer by comparison.)

Mill Road Winter Fair

7 December

This Saturday, December 7th, Mill Road is transformed into its annual winter fair. Mince pies, storytelling, arts and crafts, tours and activities, live music: all kinds of activities and entertainment are packed into the street. Plus there’s a chance to do some Christmas shopping for unique treasures or grab some wonderful food from the many, many, MANY stalls. Seriously. There are so many stalls.

Cinderella (pantomime)

28 November-11 January

Put on your sparkliest, most impractical footwear, climb into your pumpkin, and head out for a riotous night of classic fairytale fun with the Arts Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime. This lively show promises laughter, magic, and sing-along fun, brought to life by a fantastic star-studded cast.

a nutcracker and other wooden red and green christmas ornamentsThe Nutcracker (ballet)

17-19 December

If the idea of pantomime call-and-response makes you want to curl up and hibernate, you can find another glittering Christmas classic with the ADC Theatre’s performance of The Nutcracker. This show provides 45 minutes of incredible ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score. 

Carols at King’s College Chapel

24 December

It’s physically impossible to say the words ‘Christmas’ and ‘Cambridge’ in the same sentence without bringing up the annual Christmas Eve carol service at King’s. King’s College Chapel is one of the most breathtaking places in Cambridge to visit, and is the perfect venue for some equally breathtaking carols. Getting a ticket can be tricky, given the popularity of the iconic event — in order to be in with a chance, you’ll need to be queuing at the College well before 7am when tickets begin to be distributed. If you’re unable or unwilling to face queuing in the cold, you can listen to the service from home — it’s been broadcast on the radio since 1928.

Play an escape room

A festive classic! Just like in the Christmas story, when the three wise men brought the gifts of gold, frankincense, and escape rooms! Or when Rudolph has to solve a bunch of puzzles so that the other reindeer will finally stop bullying him! 

In all seriousness, we think an escape room at LockHouse is the perfect celebratory outing. Take a break from the stress of last-minute Christmas shopping to spend an hour in one of our three rooms, or bring your family, friends, loved ones, or pets here for a treat. We also sell gift cards, and we’ve got a wonderful range of board games available in our foyer, so you can kill two turtledoves with one stone and get some present shopping out of the way while you’re in the building. 

Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Check out our board game recommendations! And if you’re planning a Christmas party in the Cambridge area, we’ve got you covered with our suggestions!