This coming weekend sees Christmas arrive in Cambridge and it’s set to be a magical one!
Starting off on Saturday 19th November at 3pm at Cambridge’s Grafton Centre, there will be performances from King’s Men a capella group from King’s College, who will delight you with a range of songs. If that doesn’t put you in a festive mood, Cambridge Chorale traditional choir certainly will and ‘Santa Goes Pop with the Snowman’ children’s show is sure to be a favourite with the kids. The Grafton’s centre will be lit up in all its glory at 5pm. While you’re there, why not make Christmas special for underprivileged children across Cambridgeshire and place a gift under the giving tree.
Sunday 20th November sees the big switch on in Cambridge’s market square, starting off at 11.45am with the Homerton Jazz Band getting everyone in the mood. The singing and dancing continues throughout the afternoon with entertainment from performing arts’ schools Stagecoach, Splitz Cambridge and Razzamataz as well as from local schools Parkside and Fulbourn Primary. Cambridge’s best loved busker, Tom Korni – aka ‘The One-Boy Band’ – makes a welcome return this year, followed by nine-piece jazz band, Mode 9 and Cambridge-based jazz talent, Iroko and the uplifting Sing! Choir.
Why not pop into the Grand Arcade and the adjoining Lion Yard for a spot of shopping to help you get into the festive spirit and enjoy the entertainment such as a confetti canon salute, face painting, a Christmas photo booth, roaming magicians and balloon artists and traditional, live music.
The Big Switch-On itself will happen at 5pm with heroes centre-back Josh Coulson, the club’s longest-serving player, goalkeeper Will Norris and Marvin the mascot from local heroes Cambridge United switching on the festive lights in Cambridge city centre, which will illuminate 26 different schemes of white lights stretching across 22 streets in the city centre.
All this is just a sleigh ride from Ninewells……. The Grafton centre is just a 16 minute cycle ride or 11 minutes by car journey. The Grand Arcade is a mere 14 minutes cycle ride or 10 minutes by car. Alternatively, why not grab the bus from nearby Addenbrooke’s Hospital and partake in a festive tipple or two…