Ice-skating and christmas markets aren’t for everyone but there’s a whole host of other events to get you in the festive spirit.
Whether you’re more excited for Christmas than Buddy the Elf, or feeling a bit more of a Grinch this year, there’s no denying that Christmas 2019 is fast approaching.
While there are plenty of festive Christmas markets and fairs around, they may not be everybody’s cup of tea, or mulled wine.
So we’ve rounded up a list of cute winter activities, whether it’s date night, a night out with friends or a day trip with the kids you’re after.
From a retro games night, to Christmas karaoke brunch, there’s plenty going on besides Christmas markets and ice skating in Cambridgeshire.
A Victorian Christmas Celebration
If you fancy harking back to the Victorian era to see how Christmas was celebrated in years gone by, then head down to Peterborough Museum on Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8.
Take a step back into Christmas past and discover Victorian Christmas traditions of the wealthy, as well as those who were not so fortunate.
Keep the kids out of mischief as they make traditional decorations and a Victorian Christmas card to take home.
The event runs from 10am until 3pm, with last entry recommended at 2pm. Tickets are £4 for an adult, £3 for children and concessions, and a £12 family ticket for two adults and three children. Under 5s go free.
You can book online at vivacity.org or call 01733 864663.
Christmas treats that time forgot
For many of us, our first thought when Christmas comes to mind is of all the tasty food and treats we plan on stuffing our faces with in front of the telly.
So while we salivate over roast turkey with all the trimmings, and dream of Christmas chocolate boxes, why not discover something new by delving back into recipes from a time gone by.
Have you ever tried Yule Dow, a loaf of bread in the form of baby Jesus? How about the breakfast hackin, a sweet haggis eaten in England as the first meat meal on Christmas morning?
The Fitzwilliam Museum are hosting food historian Ivan Day to give a talk on these recipes of old, with demonstrations of original equipment and object handling opportunities.
The event will run on December 17 between 2pm and 3.30pm, and costs £10, £8 for concessions. To find out more about how to book your place visit their website here.
Find a hidden gem for that special someone
If you fancy a Christmas market selling more than just the usual wares, why not head to Witcham in Ely for a collectibles and craft fair?
Whether you’re after some new bits for your home, or a quirky present for that special someone in your life, you’re sure to find something at the fair to suit all tastes.
Held at Witcham Village Hall, the fair will run from 9.30am until 4pm on November 30 with refreshments available throughout the day.
Light up your night
If you fancy getting a bit of fresh air into your festive schedule, then the Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights could be just the ticket for you.
Combining a magical mix of light, colour, sound and nature, there’s something to see on every step of the one and a half mile route.
Now in its ninth year, the spectacular event is perfect for all ages, with food stops dotted along the route to keep you warm and cosy.
There are three weekends available, November 29 and 30, and December 1, December 5, 6, 7, and 8 and then on December 12, 13, 14, and 15.
Tickets can be purchased by calling on 0344 249 1895, an adult ticket is £16.50, with child tickets £11.15, and under 5s and carers go free.
Embrace your competitive streak with some retro games
If you’re more into your video games and beer, then The Hub in Cambourne are hosting a Christmas themed evening of retro gaming and beer.
Rock up and relive your youth playing video games on retro system, including Sega, Atari, Sony, Ninteno and more, all while enjoying a pint.
Tickets only cost £4 on the door, and the event will be running on Friday November 29 between 6pm and 11pm.
As the venue is a licensed bar, and some games are age restricted, this is an over 18s event.
Unleash your inner Mariah Carey with karaoke
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a good ol’ sing song, and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with a boozy karaoke sesh?
It’s no secret that brunch is the best way to spend your weekend, even better when it’s a boozy bottomless brunch, add Christmas karaoke and jumpers into the mix and we’re sold!
Revolution on Downing Street in Cambridge are hosting the festive shindig to end all festive shindigs on December 1 between 2pm and 4pm.
Tickets cost £25 and include a scrumptious brunch dish, we’d recommend going for something carb-heavy as your fee also includes two hours of bottomless drinks, including cocktails and prosecco. Just how much prosecco can you drink in two hours we hear you ask? Well we’re sure we can find that out…
Christmas decoration making
If you’re feeling the pinch this Christmas, but feel like your Christmas decorations are looking a little worse for wear why not try your hand at making your own?
Even better, why not do it in a way which avoids waste and helps the environment?
Cambridgeshire Skills are hosting a range of Christmas Upcycled courses, with dates still available in Chatteris, March and Wisbech.
The Chatteris course will be held at the library from Monday November 18 through until December 16 between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
In Wisbech the course will also be held at the library between November 18 and December 16 from 2pm until 4pm.
And in March the course will be held at the March Community Centre from November 21 to December 17 from 12.45pm until 2.45pm.
For more information contact the team on 01223 703530 or email CabsALS@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
Indulge your tastebuds
Christmas is all about indulgence, whether it’s food, drink, or treating yourself and loved ones to little luxuries.
And what’s more indulgent then than chocolate and cocktails? You guessed it, nothing.
Revolution on Downing Street in Cambridge is hosting a Chocotail Tasting Session with Gloria Dominguez Martinez on November 26 between 6pm and 7.30pm.
Included in your ticket price you get the chocolate and cocktail presentation with three tasters of each from experts, a goodie back to take away including chocolate and drink vouchers, and a special certificate to say you attended.
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