When the festive lights illuminate the charming streets of Cambridge, you know it’s time for the Christmas Markets. Offering an array of unique gifts, scrumptious seasonal food and vibrant arts and crafts, the markets make for a great date night or day out with the family. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, here’s your comprehensive guide to enjoying the Christmas Markets of Cambridge.
Cambridge Christmas Markets
New Christmas Market on Parker’s Piece
According to the BBC article, a new Christmas market on Parker’s Piece, Cambridge has been scheduled from Mid-November to early January. The event would replace the “thrill” type fairground rides with more traditional attractions like a big wheel and carousel rides. The market aims to focus on Christmas-themed stalls, food and drink concessions, and even an ice rink to keep the festivities rolling.
Date: Mid November – Early January
Location: Parker’s Piece, Cambridge
Cambridge Christmas Market
The Cambridge Christmas Market has rapidly grown since its beginnings in 2012 and is now a highlight of the festive season. This award-winning market is the go-to destination for unique gifts, seasonal food, and a delightful shopping atmosphere. It features almost 60 local artisans, crafters and makers, offering an extensive range of Christmas gift options.
Date: 9-10th December 2023
Location: Cambridge City Hall, Cambridge
Mill Road Winter Fair
The Mill Road Winter Fair is a Christmas market culmination of everything the Cambridge community has to offer. From local businesses and shops to musicians and artists. The rich tapestry of stallholders allows for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, whether you’re looking for handmade gifts or delicious seasonal treats.
Date: Saturday 2nd December
Location: Mill Road, Cambridge
Cambridge Made Christmas Fair
Cambridge Made Christmas market is your one-stop destination for all things local. Find local artisans, crafters and makers display their work, ensuring a shopping experience that is as unique as it is delightful.
Date: 23-25th November
Location: St. Andrew’s Street Baptist Church
All Saints Craft Market
Held every Saturday opposite Trinity College, All Saints Craft Market was elected the Best Small Art & Craft Market in 2018. What makes it special is the chance to directly interact with artists and crafters. This market focuses on leatherwork, woodcrafts, essential oils, pottery, fabric art, and more. It’s your go-to market for unique, handmade products, ideal for thoughtful Christmas gifts.
Traditional Cambridge Market Square
Traders have been running stalls at the historic market square since the Middle Ages. Open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, it may not be a Christmas market per se, but the variety of suitable gifts available here is staggering. From handcrafted jewelry to artisanal food products, the options are endless.
What Sets Cambridge Apart?
The community-focused nature of Cambridge’s Christmas markets offers a cosy, intimate shopping experience that’s hard to replicate. It’s not just about buying a product; it’s about understanding the story behind it, meeting the maker, and sharing the joy and challenges that go into crafting each piece. Experience the city’s rich cultural diversity and community spirit.
With each market offering something unique, you’re sure to find gifts that are as special as the people you’re giving them to. So, bundle up, step out, and dive into the festive spirit that only Cambridge can offer. Whether you’re sipping mulled wine or taking a spin on the carousel, a visit to these markets is a celebration of all things merry and bright.
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