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Gift Guides Find the perfect gift with ideas from local shops


BIG Switch On A guide to all the fun & festivities

Your guide to Cambridge this Christmas

What’s On

Discover what Cambridge has to offer this Christmas Season

Top Tips

for staying sustainable this Christmas



The venues that welcome your canine companion

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Welcome to the 2019 Love Cambridge Love Christmas Magazine – inside we share with you what makes Cambridge truly special at this time of year. Shopping at Christmas time does not get better than when you come into Cambridge. With the Christmas lights twinkling, it really is a magical experience. Our gift guides this year will hopefully give you some inspiration on what to buy for all your loved ones. With present ideas for all budgets, Cambridge really is a one stop shop for all your Christmas shopping. On page 18 we take you on a whistle stop tour of the fantastic Cambridge Independent Shopping scene and give you some fantastic, unique gift ideas for those special people in your life. On page 34 we look at how we can go a little way to making our Christmas’s more sustainable and check out page 38 where we take a closer look at where you can spend time with your furry best friend in our canine companion guide. The Big Switch On takes place on the 17 November in the Market Square. Thank you to our sponsor Cambridge Independent and Star Radio for supporting the event. This year we partnered Star Radio to find your Christmas Star. We asked the listeners to nominate their unsung hero to come and switch the lights on. The competition was tough, but a panel of judges have read through all the entries and are delighted with the chosen Star. Come to the Market Square on Sunday 17 November to find out who the lucky winner is. We are also offering one lucky winner a £250 shopping spree so don’t forget to enter our competition which can be found on page 46. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Love Cambridge Gift Card Don’t forget about the Love Cambridge Gift Card! Makes the perfect Christmas present. Can be used in over 200 shops, bars, café and restaurants in Cambridge. Buy online at www.love-cambridgegiftcard.com

Sponsors Welcome Stagecoach East is thrilled to support the 2019 edition of the Love Cambridge Love Christmas magazine. Whatever your plans are for Christmas, look at what Stagecoach can do for you! Whether it’s ticking everything off your shopping list, celebrating at the office Christmas party, or treating the family to a festive day out, we’ve got your Cambridge travel covered. With frequent and direct bus routes into the heart of the city and a range of ticket options to suit everyone, our buses are the perfect way to visit Cambridge this Winter. Christmas shopping has never been easier! Use our new and improved app to track your bus, check live departure times and buy mobile tickets. Then simply sit back and relax, enjoying our free on-bus wifi and charging stations. Want to save money on travel? Our £3 Park and Ride return tickets are the perfect way to save on parking so that you can spend more on shopping. If you’re travelling as a group you can also save up to 60% with our Group and Family tickets!* Why not beat some of the inner city traffic this festive season and live life in the bus lane? We hope you have a great holiday season and we look forward to welcoming you on one of our buses soon. Merry Christmas from the Stagecoach East Team!

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What’s On The North Pole

Ice Rink Opening Times 16 November – 18 December Weekdays: 11am – 8pm (last skate) – Closes at 9pm Weekends: 10am – 8pm (last skate) – Closes at 9pm 19 December – 5 January Weekdays & Weekends: 10am – 8pm (last skate) – Closes at 9pm

The North Pole Cambridge in association with Zillertal.at Returns to Parker’s Piece 16 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 Tickets are now on sale for The North Pole Cambridge in association with Zillertal.at which returns to Parker’s Piece for the festive season, offering some exciting new features. Open weekdays from 11am and from 10am on weekends, skaters can glide across the glistening ice whatever the weather, under a clear skies roof. After your skate, warm up at the cosy Alpine Cabin Bar which serves up a tempting range of seasonal food and drink, from a warming cup of Glühwein to traditional German Bratwurst, adding to the authentic Christmas experience. The event is also home to a funfair and entertainment, which is sure to keep the whole family occupied. The relaxed ambience is the ideal setting for meeting up with friends and family, hosting a unique office party, or even a romantic festive date under the stars. In partnership with Star Radio and Cambridge BID, The North Pole in association with Zillertal.at is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season with family and friends. Now’s the time to rediscover your festive cheer at Cambridge’s most enchanting attraction yet. To find out more and book your tickets

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What’s On Theatre

HAIRSPRAY 17 – 22 December, Great Hall at The Leys School Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality – and Link’s heart – without denting her ‘do? Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s,You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more. Don’t miss this irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away this Christmas. Let your hair down and book now! Tickets £18.50 – £22.50 To find out more & book tickets

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The Wind in the Willows 11 December – 5 January, Cambridge Junction

Cinderella! 28 November – 11 January, Cambridge Arts Theatre Cambridge Arts Theatre’s spectacular family pantomime is back with the most magical tale of all: Cinderella! Starring legendary ballet dancer Wayne Sleep, acclaimed television and stage actress Liza Goddard, Cambridge’s pantomime favourite Matt Crosby and Coronation Street’s Kevin Kennedy, this timeless tale is packed with sing-along songs, sensational costumes and hilarious jokes for the whole family to enjoy. Cinderella is working her fingers to the bone, dreaming of a better life, while her two Ugly Sisters plot and scheme. But after a surprise visit from her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella’s life is turned upside down! Cinderella is transported from rags to riches into a world of glittering ball gowns, enchantment and handsome princes... but do happy endings only exist in fairy tales? Your carriage awaits! To find out more and book your tickets

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In the depths of winter it often seems like there’s nothing alive out there in the forest, but look a little bit closer and you’ll see that there’s a whole world unfolding right before your eyes! Come and join the sensitive Mole, the gregarious Ratty, the world-weary Badger and the very excitable Toad as they go on a brand-new festive adventure. This Christmas Figs in Wigs reimagine Kenneth Graeme’s classic tale of friendship and top it off with their signature blend of comic timing, bad jokes and pop culture references. Expect an all singing, all dancing, anarchic extravaganza! Perfect for anyone who loves, hates, or feels ambivalent about Christmas. ‘Boisterously charismatic... practically radioactive’ The Observer Recommended for everyone aged 5+


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What’s On Corn Exchange

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CHRISTMAS BALLETS Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to Cambridge Corn Exchange this new year with a spectacular Tchaikovsky Trilogy The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, this acclaimed company combines classical training and technique with outstanding soloists to entertain audiences in breathtaking style. A full orchestra complements the classical purity of the dancing and traditional staging, to bring a taste of imperial Russia to the UK.

The Nutcracker

Sun 29 Dec 5pm, Mon 30 Dec 2pm & 7pm, Tue 31 Dec 2pm This spectacular new version of The Nutcracker, with stunning baroque designs, is a delightfully festive tale and the perfect treat for the whole family. The timeless story of Clara, who is whisked away on a magical adventure by her Nutcracker Prince, is set to Tchaikovsky’s instantly recognisable score. ‘This exquisite performance, delivered in traditional Russian style, was mesmerising... an awesome stage setting and perfect orchestral pitch that washed dream-like across the story.’

The Sleeping Beauty

Wed 1 Jan 5pm, Thu 2 Jan 2pm & 7pm Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s brand new staging of the fairy tale ballet,The Sleeping Beauty, is a feast for the senses. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score sets the scene for the enchanting and romantic story of Princess Aurora who is rescued from a deep sleep by her valiant Prince. Wicked Carabosse and the beautiful Lilac Fairy are joined by a host of fairy tale characters in this delightful production. ‘The dancing is enchanting and danced with such perfection... exquisite costumes... breathtaking.’


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Forever proud to call herself folk singer, Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere. And it is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect. Kate’s Christmas tour – so wondrously captured on her Live At Christmas concert DVD – has, for many, become as much a part of the festivities as Christmas pudding itself! Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the best Christmases ever! Tickets: £31, Under 16s: £23

Swan Lake

Fri 3 Jan 7pm, Sat 4 Jan 2pm & 7pm The story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess is a tragic tale of love that triumphs over evil. The world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s sublime and haunting score, performed by a live orchestra. “Romanova as prima ballerina and in her dual role, is breathtaking. Her dancing is fluid, mesmerising and technically astounding.” Tickets from £18. To find out more & book tickets W W W . C O R N E X . C O. U K B OX O F F I C E 0 1 2 2 3 3 5 7 8 5 1

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Experience Cambridge this Christmas Discover the city's delights with our festive Cambridge Official Walking Tours

Discounted punting tickets and expert advice on things to do in the holidays Central Left Luggage service for all your Christmas shopping

Book online at www.visitcambridge.org or visit our Visitor Information Centre

What’s On Festivals | Fairs

Ballet Central announces Christmas family favourite


17 – 19 December, ADC Theatre Cambridge Following an enthusiastic response from audiences in 2018, Ballet Central will return to the ADC Theatre for a limited run of eight performances this December to stage their adaptation of the Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker. The stage is set in the fantasy world of Drosselmeyer’s toyshop and we see Clara on Christmas Eve as her dreams come alive before her eyes. The toy dolls take her on a journey to the enchanted forest and onwards to the Kingdom of Sweets. Join us as Clara meets all the colourful characters, from the Nutcracker Prince to the Sugar Plum Fairy in this festive, sparkling, quintessential Christmas performance. Early booking is recommended for these unique performances. Designed to make the show accessible to all, tickets are priced at just £10. To find out more & book tickets W W W. A D C T H E AT R E . C O M B OX O F F I C E 0 1 2 2 3 3 0 0 0 8 5

Jazz Festival 13 – 24 November With over 70 free and ticketed events spanning early and modern, soul, funk, blues, gypsy, hip-hop, electronic, and rock-influenced sounds, the fifth Brewin Dolphin Cambridge International Jazz Festival includes as many aspects of jazz as possible. Highlights include a night paying tribute to the jazz legend Nina Simone, masterminded and performed by one of Europe’s finest female a cappella groups, Black Voices Quintet; a headlining performance from Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset (Nov 23), British-Bahraini Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed’s 12 piece ensemble performing ‘Polyhymnia’, six movements inspired by some of Ahmed’s heroes from Malala Yousafzai, to the suffragettes (Nov 19); UK acid jazz and funk group The Brand New Heavies (Nov 14); and an evening celebrating Nat King Cole’s 100th Birthday with Danish Singer and saxophonist, Mads Mathias and Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra (Nov 22). To find out more and book your tickets

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Mill Road Winter Fair 7 December

MUSIC FESTIVAL 6 – 14 November

Taking place on Saturday 7 December the Mill Road Winter Fair looks set to be as big as ever. A celebration of the Mill Road community, the fair is created, run and organised by the people of Mill Road area making it that extra bit special. Expect to see lots of music, dancing, theatre, poetry and a chance to experience food and drink from around the globe.

Cambridge Music festival is the boutique classical event that attracts some of the very best musicians in the world to Cambridge every November. This year’s festival runs 6-14 November and host 12 performances over 8 days. To find out more and book your tickets

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Ice rink available for group bookings & private hire call 01480 274579

Loving Christmas | Grand Arcade Panettone Al Prosecco, Carluccio’s, £19.95 Mia Maxi Dress Hobbs, £159

Silver Mistletoe Tree Decoration Penhaligons, £25 Tortoise Shell Resin Coasters John Lewis & Partners, £40

Shelby Street Radley, £149

Emma Glove Red Leopard Hobbs, £65

Fly Away Snake Office, £52

Grand Arcade Grand Arcade is the region’s leading Christmas shopping destination.

Aspen Light Brown Faux Fur Coat L.K. Bennett, £395

Located in the heart of Cambridge, the awardwinning centre features an unrivalled mix of premium and high street retailers over 3 floors. Here is just small selection of the fabulous gifts that are on offer this Christmas.

Mimic Leopard Office, £72 Rolling Luggage Disney Store, from £35

Britton Red Shoe Kurt Geiger London, £149

Organic Knit Jumpers Polarn O. Pyret, £35

Lazia Red Dress L.K. Bennett, £550

50-Piece Wooden Train Set John Lewis & Partners, £30

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Seth Ankle Boot Kurt Geiger London, £179

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Moss London Slim Fit Camel Velvet Dresswear Jacket Moss Bros, £99.95

Wooden Puck Game Flying Tiger Copenhagen, £5

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Make Your Own Dream Catcher The Works, £7

BOSS Classic Men’s Watch & Cufflinks Gift Set Ernest Jones, £199 Popcorn & Toppings Set New Look, £9.99 On The Go Bluetooth Headphones Smiggle, £32

Lion Yard Lion Yard are bringing festive cheer, to Cambridge children this time of year!

Snow Fairy Gift Set Lush, £30

Visit from Saturday 30 November – Tuesday 24 December to visit the Santa’s Grotto on the mall. Head over to the Lion Yard website for full details... www.lionyard.co.uk

Fairweather Striped Knitted Boots Accessorize, £20

Men’s Gift Box Set Black Timberland, £65 A Merry Little Hamper for Her Hotel Chocolat, £60

Elegant Silver Star Earrings Thomas Sabo, £149

Cherryann Chemise Ann Summers, £26


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Heading into Cambridge for some Christmas shopping?

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Boots H&M, £79.99

Cross Body Bag H&M, £19.99

Headband Zara, £17.99

Kids Gloves Zara, £7.99

Headband H&M, £9.99

Skirt H&M, £19.99

Sequin Blouse H&M, £24.99

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Kids Scarf Zara, £9.99

Nestled between Grand Arcade and The Grafton, Christ’s Lane can be found in the heart of the city offering you some retail therapy along with a choice of eateries.

Kids Star Wars Eau de Toilette Zara, £7.99

With a large H&M and Zara, you will be able to find gifts for all the family, and don’t forget to pick up a little something for yourself.

Kids Bobble Hat Zara, £9.99

Hello Kitty Perfume Zara, £7.99

Mans Coat Zara, £79.99 Holdall Zara, £59.99

Mans Crew Neck Jumper Zara, £17.99

Aftershave Collection Zara, £25.99

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What makes a good Christmas? Maybe it’s being with family and friends? The great presents? The coolest new toys? Delicious food with loved ones? The latest and newest festive movies? The opportunity to give back to the community and those who need it more? The Gifting Tree (formerly known as the Giving Tree) will be re-appearing in the shopping centre from Saturday 21 November through to Monday 16 December for a remarkable 12th year. Together with Star Radio and the local community, The Grafton will be spreading joy and gathering as many presents as possible for underprivileged children across Cambridgeshire, to ensure they too have a Christmas to remember. That’s not all the local community can look forward to as the countdown to Santa’s arrival commences. Fancy new decorative lights will bring an added sparkle to the shopping centre, while you may also notice three igloos arriving in Food Social at The Grafton! A first for The Grafton, shoppers can expect a Nordic experience like no other – one that will be both fun and educational – between Saturday 14 and Monday 23 December, with each bringing its own unique experience.To coincide with this, shoppers that spend £40 or more in centre will have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-life time trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights. They will be set up in Food Social on the first floor, where you can combine your great experiences with an exceptional food offering.Take the weight off your feet, take a break from the Christmas rush and indulge in some of the finest food that Cambridgeshire has to offer.


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From a flavour of the Mediterranean with La Piazza, The Burger Priest, Skewer, Chi, The Duck Truck to an all-new quality bread offering with Gail’s and the finest cheesecakes around with Lo’s Cheesecake Emporium, they join Amélie Flam-kuche, Bella Italia and Costa in and around The Grafton’s stunning food offer where the toughest choice visitors will have is where they want to eat. Back to business and, as ever, shoppers can look forward to working their way through over 40 top-quality stores in search of the perfect present, ensuring that your Christmas shopping is a doddle. Bring your search for the latest phone tech and accessories right here to Carphone Warehouse and Three, while this season’s biggest and most on-point trends can be discovered at Debenhams, River Island, H&M, Next, New Look just to name a few. It’s also not a Christmas without toys and The Grafton has had a huge influx, thanks to The Entertainer, Hawkin’s Bazaar and Gifted, of the coolest must-have-toys and gadgets around for children. There’s nothing that gets you in the festive spirit quite like a Christmas movie either, so once you’ve done your shopping, eaten a fantastic meal and left something under the Gifting Tree, make sure you catch one of the latest Christmas hits; including Arctic Dogs, Last Christmas, Klaus, Noelle and the highlyanticipated Frozen 2.

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This Christmas


Fitzbillies Recipe Book Fitzbillies, £20

Cityscapes Large Tote Bag Jacks on Trinity, £19.99

For the foodie in your life...

For the tourist in the family...

Why not look out for the Fitzbillies Recipe Book, £20. Learn the tricks of the trade from one of Cambridge’s most famous bakeries! Who knows, they may even test out their new baking skills and give you the gift of delicious cakes in return!

This year Jacks on Trinity have a beautiful tote bag that is illustrated with all the key sights of Cambridge including the Cambridge University Library and the Bridge of Sighs, perfect for a Cambridge local or a family member who loves to come and visit!

Rose Gold, White Gold & Gold Diamond Pendant Harriet Kelsall, £595

Raw Emerald & Gold Earrings Primavera Rebecca Smith, £120


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For your leading lady... If you’re looking for something delicate for the leading lady in your life, Harriet Kelsall has some beautiful diamond pendants available in gold, white gold and rose gold. This will certainly be a gift close to their hearts for years to come! And for someone who prefers more rustic, statement jewellery, Primavera have some beautiful raw emerald and gold earrings which are perfect for a woman who loves to express herself through her jewellery.

Fancy a tipple at the office Christmas party?

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Personalised Canvas Pendred Printing, £30

have in Cambridge city centre?

Truffle Gin Cambridge Gin Distillery, £80

Elderflower Liqueur Gin Cambridge Gin Distillery, £29.99 Curator’s Gin Cambridge Gin Distillery, £39.99

For the creative in your life...

For the tricky to suss out...

For your creative, art-loving family and friends, why not try a personalised canvas from Pendred Printing - they do a wide range of paintings and a bespoke gift is truly special and something they won’t forget.

Everyone has a hard-to-buy-for family member who gets trickier to suss out each year. Why not surprise them with one of Cambridge Gin Distillery’s award-winning gins - they have all kinds of gin including Curator’s Gin, Dry Gin, Elderflower Liqueur Gin and even Truffle Gin for the most experimental of tastebuds!

Ruth Mastenbroek NEW Fragrance Dagian 100ml Boudoir Femme, £120

For your favourite optimist...

For a little something different...

For your favourite optimist why not gift the scent of “optimism that breaks at dawn”, this wonderful Ruth Mastenbroek scent boasts “a breeze of lime and mint shimmers over notes of orange blossom and rum” which is a fresh, floral scent and is perfect to wear all year-round - not just for the festive season!

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Loving Christmas | Gifts for Her

Vegan Fur Leopard Print Coat SET Fashion Boudoir Femme, £250

Pink Champagne Truffles John Lewis & Partners, £8 Cocktail Gift Card Las Iguanas, £24.95

Gin John Lewis & Partners, £25

Afternoon Tea Gift Card Las Iguanas, £25

Sequin Pullover SET Fashion Boudoir Femme, £185

Magic Hair Slide Oliver Bonas, £15

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Roly Poly Robbins Hotel Chocolat, £8

Coat Pocket Watch & Petticoats, £130

Star Necklace Thomas Sabo, £98 Earrings Stars Silver Thomas Sabo, £239 Gym T-Shirt Talking T’s, £12.95

Rings Star Thomas Sabo, £149


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Jess Capped Derby Boot Joseph Cheaney, £340

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Ellie Purse Grey Leopard Hobbs, £55

Set of 6 Eau De Toilette Tin Next, £12 Pettine Champagne Flutes Oliver Bonas, £32

WE LOVSE THI Carrara Brunello Crossbody Bag Elegant Atelier, £415

Vetiver Velvet Eau de Parfum Elegant Atelier, £65

Necklace Swarovski, £259

B by Ted Baker Hummingbird Long Sleeve Set Debenhams, £55

Mini Soap Trio Oliver Bonas, £10

Bag Pocket Watch & Petticoats, £49 Earrings Swarovski, £129

Rosie For Autograph Wrap Gown M&S, £30

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Jewellery Advert Calendar M&S, £19.50

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Trainers Zara, £49.99

Collection Pyjama Bottoms M&S, £15

Smart Phone Printer Debenhams, £40 Men’s Wifi T-Shirt Talking T’s, £15.95

Chilli Advent Calendar Debenhams, £18

Mens Christmas Jumper Socks TK Maxx, £4.99 Belt Zara, £25.99

Albert House Slipper Joseph Cheaney, £145 Shiran Overhead Puffa Superdry, £89.99


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Desktop Kit Raspberry Pi, £115

Spa Noir Gift Set M&S, £12.50 Ooni 3 Outdoor Pizza Oven John Lewis & Partners, £199

Ring Compass Black Thomas Sabo, £149

Scarf Zara, £17.99

TOP PICK! Trainer River Island, £45

Monogram Backpack River Island, £30 Steel Bottle Superdry, £14.99

Gentlemen’s Fragrance Collection Penhaligons, £38 Street Food Sauces Wilko, £10

John Todd Watch Primavera, £295

Alastair Cook Memoirs Heffers, £20

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Holiday Fairisle Crew Sweater GANT, £195

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Star Burst Bauble Debenhams, £5

Deck the hallsutiful blues with bea

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, blue is a stylish and on-trend alternative to the traditional red, gold and tartan theme. No need to banish the blues and instead focus your seasonal style on this classic but versatile colour. Focus on a midnight shade reminiscent of the nativity and think Van Gogh’s Starry Night with a festive sparkle, or why not lighten up the tone to create a mood of tranquility as a backdrop to your celebrations?

Party Multi Flashing Star John Lewis & Partners, £5

Party Blue Ho Ho Ho John Lewis & Partners, £5

Stella Wall Mirror Oliver Bonas, £35 Sequin Garland Debenhams, £8

If your interiors are millennial pink, most shades of blue will perfectly complement your colour scheme. These Christmassy embellishments may help make up your mind:

Garden Aqua Bauble John Lewis & Partners, £5

Party Navy With Holographic Brushstrokes John Lewis & Partners, £6

Plume Navy Candle Elegant Atelier, £42 Party Purple Holographic Bauble John Lewis & Partners, £6 Silver Effect Bell Tree Laura Ashley, £30

Fragranced Candle Next, £6 Blue Inner Bauble Debenhams, £6 Neon Tree John Lewis & Partners, £25

Lit Glitter Bristle Wreath M&S, £25


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The annual Big Switch On sponsored by Cambridge Independent, kicks off Christmas season this year with Star Radio taking control of the stage, promising to entertain the crowds from midday. There will be a lively line up from local schools, performing arts clubs, choirs and much much more. This year we have a real treat,The Rock Choir will be performing at 16:10 and want you to sing along! This year Star Radio and Cambridge BID have been searching for your star to turn on the Christmas Lights. Running a competition on air and online, you were asked to nominate your local hero to flick that all important switch. The competition was tough, but a winner has been selected by the panel of judges, so come along to the Market Square to see who the lucky winner is!

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12.25 On Stage Performing Arts 12.50 Pauline Quirk Academy 13.15 Stagecoach Performing Arts 14.00 Inspiration Dance 14.25 Milton CE Primary School 14.50 Razzamatazz Theatre School 15.15 Splitz Theatre Arts 15.40 Vocal Remix 16.00 Ballet Central 16.10 Cambridge Rock Choir – Sing along 16.50

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Christmas decorations to bring spirit to Cambridge, with very

the festive

special guests.

GRAND ARCADE BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis will be there to present an afternoon of entertainment. A host of choirs and musicians will be building up the merry spirit from 12pm midday, including The Vocal Remix contemporary choir, The Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts students group, and The St Mary’s School Year 5 & 6 Chamber Choir. The Cambridge Theatre Company will perform a medley of songs from their Christmas show Hairspray, and the ever-popular Rock Choir will be doing the final build up to 4pm. Actor and producer Warwick Davis will join the stage to spread Christmas magic and to support the charity Little People UK raising funds on the mall. Little People UK promotes positivity for people with dwarfism of all ages, from babies and new families, to senior citizens and their families. Providing positive support to their members encourages them to achieve their aims in life, and be fully diverse members of society, leading happy, fulfilled lives.


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Stores will be open and stocked with Christmas gifts, with many serving mince pies and festive drinks.The confetti canons have been given some extra pizazz this year, throwing (biodegradable) confetti stars up to 12 metres into the air.

Lion Yard Shopping Centre Lion Yard are bringing festive cheer, to Cambridge children this time of year! Join them and the big man himself on Sunday 17 November for the Christmas light switch on. They’ve got everything you need to get in the festive spirit, with FREE children’s workshops 11am – 4pm, as well as Santa Claus meet and greets from 2pm, ready for the big light count down at 4 o’clock! Bring the whole family and commence this Christmas season with Lion Yard Shopping Centre.

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This year a separate event

will take place on

Thursday 14 November to

officially switch

on the Christmas Tree at

The lights will be switched on around 6pm

Cambridge Train Station.

Join Star Radio Breakfast Presenter Josh Lovatt to switch on the tree and officially kick off Christmas in the CB1 area. Starting at around 5pm, Josh will be bringing his decks and party tunes (and maybe the odd Christmas song) to the Station and asking you to help celebrate the start of Christmas. There will be a bar and some food stalls close by so grab a mulled wine and something to eat and enjoy the evening!


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Cambridge Park & Ride TAKING YOU INTO THE HEART OF CAMBRIDGE THIS CHRISTMAS Buses depart every 10 minutes (Mon-Sat) until 6.30pm and every 20 minutes after.

Christmas Timetable Date


Saturday 21st December

Normal Saturday Service**

Sunday 22nd December

Normal Sunday Service***

Monday 23rd December

Normal Service

Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

Normal Service, last buses return at 20.00

Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)


Thursday 26 December (Boxing Day)


Friday 27th December

Saturday Service**

Concessionary pass holders travel for free with their passes after 9.30am Monday to Friday, and all day at the weekend and on bank holidays.

Saturday 28th December

Normal Saturday Service**

Sunday 29th December

Normal Sunday Service***

*Parking is free for up to 18 hours. Charges apply for longer stays, see www.cambridgeparkandride.info for more.

Monday 30th December

Saturday Service**

Tuesday 31st December (New Years Eve)

Saturday Service**, last buses return at 20.00

Wednesday 1st January (New Years Day)


Thursday 2nd January

Normal Service Resumes

Every 15 minutes (9am – 6pm) Sundays and public holidays. Tickets: • Park & Ride return, £3 and with this ticket up to three children travel for free • Park & Ride Group Ticket, £8.50 (purchased from driver), allows a group of up to 5 people to travel together • Park & Ride Weekly Ticket, £14 and valid for 7 days Contactless payments are now accepted on all Park & Ride Services.

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**Saturday service starts one hour later than the normal weekday service ***Sunday Service runs approx. every 15 minutes between 9am – 6pm.

Loving Christmas | Gifts for Kids

S D I K Gifts For e Christmas

to mak bulous gifts



Kinder Snow Globe Advent Calendar Debenhams, £25 Mimi Money Box Paperchase, £8


Wacky Races Game Heffers, £43.99

Tiger Neutral Ears Sock Oliver Bonas, £6

Generation Gap Debenhams, £15

Squirrel Crochet Hat & Mitten M&S, £14

Girls Christmas Pyjamas Monsoon, £22

J by Jasper Conran Italian Leather Wallet Debenhams, £32

Harry Potter Infinity Advent Calendar Jacks on Trinity, £89.99

Disney Face Mask Debenhams, £4 Camel Automata Primavera, £70 Unicorn Hottie Debenhams, £15


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Loving Christmas | Gifts for Kids

Earphones M&S, £35

Boys Christmas Pyjamas Monsoon, £22 Doctors Play Set Flying Tiger Copenhagen, £8

Monty Mouse Hardback Edition Heffers, £10.99 Spiderman Eau de Toilette Zara, £7.99

Unicorn Pull Along John Lewis & Partners, £15 Mini Kitchen John Lewis & Partners, £35 Toy Grabber Flying Tiger Copenhagen, £30

Elves Stocking Hotel Chocolat, £15 Frozen Eau de Toilette Zara, £7.99

Lego Rocket Assembly & Transport Space Port John Lewis & Partners, £119.99

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Loving Christmas | Cambridge Markets

s t e k r a M e g d Cambri Cambridge has a

thriving 7-day a

week market

Glass Holly Decoration Tryphena Glass, £12

Festive Jelly Gift Set Ntsama, £16


storic Market Sq

located in the hi

Olive Oil Il Molino, prices vary

The General Market which runs from Monday – Saturday and the Sunday Arts, Crafts and Local Produce Market operate in the main square between the hours of 10am – 4pm. The markets offers a real alternative for your festive shopping, giving you the opportunity to buy unique gifts for your loved ones. And don’t forget, you can pick up food for your festive feast! Awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2017 by Trip Advisor, it’s a must for shopping this Christmas.

Mens Christmas Box The Hemp Store, £23

Markets gifts There are so many wonderful gifts available at Cambridge Markets, but here is just a snippet of what is on offer.


Festive Gift Oil Set Ntsama, £15

Art & Craft Market The All Saints Garden, Art & Craft Market is held every Saturday and some week days in peak season including the week leading up to Christmas. The ethos of the market is “We Make What We Sell” and as such affords visitors the opportunity to meet the artists, makers and craftspeople. It is situated in a beautiful outdoor setting opposite Trinity College and offers a range of bespoke gifts such as ceramics, jewellery, glass items, artwork and much much more.


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Womens Christmas Box The Hemp Store, £23

Glass Dog Decoration Tryphena Glass, £8

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Loving Christmas | Sustainable Christmas


le b a n i a t s u S g n i y Sta s a m t s i r h C s i th e 30% more rubbish

Did you know that us Brits produc

e are some top tips on

during the festive season? Her how to reuse or recycle where

you can.

Wrapping Paper

Jo Clark Snowman Wrapping Cambridge Contemporary Craft, £2

There is a very simple test to check whether or not you can recycle your wrapping paper or not - scrunch it into a ball and wait for a few seconds. If it stays scrunched up, you can recycle as you would any other paper and if it springs back then it can’t be recycled. Obviously you can’t try this out in-store, so we recommend visiting Cambridge Contemporary Crafts as they have a range of wrapping paper by Jo Clark which is recyclable, printed in the UK and sales from the paper goes towards planting trees as part of the Eden Restoration Project.

Buy Local Buying local reduces the carbon footprint of the items that are purchased, and you take then home with you rather than get them sent to you by courier!


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Loving Christmas | Sustainable Christmas

Dino Snack Boxes Paperchase, £8

The Green Roasting Tin Vegan Cookbook Heffers, £16.99

Water Bottle Glass Stars Oliver Bonas, £10.50

Storing your Food Try, where you can, to stay away from single-use plastics, such as cling-film, water bottles, plastic bags. Why not stock up on some cute treat boxes from Paperchase or a stylish water bottle from Oliver Bonas. This goes for when you’re out shopping as well as at home, why not carry an organic cotton tote with you, and have your coffee in a travel mug? These items also make great presents to ensure that your friends and family make more sustainable choices in 2020. Another good practice is to try and use all of the food you buy, why not transform your vegetables into new dishes using the Green Roasting Tin Vegan Cookbook available from Heffers.

Organic Cotton Tote Bag Talking T’s, £12.95

Reusable Advent Calendar Flying Tiger Copenhagen, £12

Puppy Snack Boxes Paperchase, £8



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Harry Potter Travel Mug Jacks on Trinity, £16.99

Christmas Trees & Decorations 6ft Imperial Pine Debenhams, £80

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Did you know that an estimated 6 million Christmas trees are bought in the UK every year? Of course, they are real trees so do biodegrade but a reusable one can be more sustainable if you use it for more than 10 Christmases. Why not try the Debenhams Imperial Pine 6ft for £80? Another popular Christmas tradition which is commonly single-use is an advent calendar, often made out of cardboard and plastic - why not try filling your own calendar with the Flying Tiger Copenhagen reusable calendar - much less waste and means that you can choose to fill it with your loved one’s favourite treats!

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Loving Christmas | The Perfect City Day Date

The Perfect City

Day Date

Cambridge is a gorgeous place to stroll around on a chilly day, are some lovely places to visit and things to do when you need

but here

a pit stop.

LOVE AND LEARN The Museum of Zoology is a great choice for animal lovers to discover stories of diversity, extinction, survival, evolution and exploration. Why not treat that special person to a trip along the picturesque River Cam with Scudamores? You could snuggle under a blanket and take in the spectacular sights while learning about the city’s rich history.

Start Off in Style The most quintessentially Cambridge option for breakfast is Fitzbillies. Celebrating their 100th birthday next year, the early menu features Shakshuka, Avocado on Toast and Eggs Royale. Why not treat yourself to one of their world famous Chelsea Buns afterwards?

End the Day on a Sweet Note For a different view of King’s College, try Benets Cafe on King’s Parade for some delicious crêpes and ice creams. For lovers of Afternoon Tea, why not pop over to The Tamburlaine Hotel for a slice of indulgence.

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, Hot Numbers on Trumpington Street is a cosy haven serving tempting breakfasts including French Toast, very instagrammable Smoothie Bowls, Kimchi & Feta Eggs and Pork & Jackfruit Carnitas.


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Loving Christmas | Dog Friendly Cambridge


s n o i n a p m o C e n your Cani

Christmas is the perfect


opportunity to spend som ily, and for many of us

quality time with your fam

d friends.

this includes our four-legge

So when you need to rest your weary feet amid the shopping chaos or you’re simply in need of edible or liquid refreshments, here are some dog-friendly venues you can all enjoy:

The Station Tavern


2 Station Square, Cambridge, CB1 2GA

1/2 Regent St, Cambridge, CB2 1DB This pub and restaurant near Cambridge railway station offers Afternoon Tea for Dogs, as well as Christmas Feast and Sharing menus for humans! With mulled wine a plenty, it’s a cosy spot to unwind and relax.

By day, NOVI is a family-friendly cafe and kitchen serving freshly brewed coffee, grab ‘n’ go food, cakes and an array of hearty and healthy brunch & lunch options.  By night, it’s a bar with a buzzing atmosphere until 3am. To escape the throng you can cuddle up in the outdoor terrace’s undercover snug to enjoy homemade botanical cocktails, craft beers, wine and a diverse selection of street food.

The Cambridge Brewhouse

And when it’s time for a walk again, there are plenty more dog friendly locations to explore this Christmas in Cambridge. John Lewis welcomes man’s best friends so you can Christmas shop with your pet in tow. And don’t forget your four legged friends whilst out buying your Christmas gifts! Dog Advent Calendar Debenhams, £6

1 King St, Cambridge, CB1 1LH

Pet Antlers M&S, £4

This eclectic micro-brewery and pub welcomes furry companions everywhere except within the restaurant. Offering a range of carefully cultivated dishes, the perfect beer to complement your choice is helpfully suggested on the menu. 

Dog Treats Mince Pies Debenhams, £6

Private dining rooms are available for hire to give an exclusive feel to your festive celebrations.


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Loving Christmas | Christmas Traditions

Christmas TRADITIONS from around the globe Christmas in Japan Rumiko Pilsworth

Japanese people love to import events and culture from the other parts of the world and adopt them as our own and Christmas is one of them.

CHRISTMAS IN GREECE Panagiota Gatourtzidou The festive period in Greece is one of the most beautiful where locals follow traditions influenced by Christianity, Ancient Greek ancestry and the Greek folklore. For example, on Christmas, New Year’s and Epiphany’s Eve, groups of children accompanied with adults walk around the city holding metallic triangles as a musical instrument, singing festive carols (κάλαντα) in the doors of the houses to celebrate the birth of Jesus, to make wishes to the inhabitants of the house, to herald the Epiphany; eventually they receive treats for their songs. These songs are varied in different places in Greece. As well as the Christmas tree, houses can be decorated with a ship (καράβι) as traditional festive Greek ornament especially of the islandic life, due to the country’s strong connections with the sea, which practice honors St. Nicholas, protector of sailors. To celebrate Christmas and the upcoming year respectively, Greeks traditionally bake a Christmas bread with walnuts and raisins (χριστόψωμο), and a cake in which a hidden coin is placed (βασιλόπιτα).When the clock turns 00.00 on New year’s, a member of the family traditionally cuts the cake into slices, offering one to each person. It is said that whoever finds the coin is the luckiest for the New Year. In some parts of Greece, they make pie (πίτα) instead of the cake.


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For many of us, there is no religious association with Christmas, yet it’s a hugely popular event. After Halloween (which of course we celebrate!) everything becomes ‘Christmas’. There are Christmas lights, endless Christmas songs and films and lots of Christmas shopping! It’s impossible to avoid, a bit like here in the UK. Christmas Eve is more for couples to spend some romantic time together, similar to Valentine’s Day. It requires a lot of research and preparation, usually on boys’ side - the pressure is most certainly on! Christmas Day is for friends and family who may choose to have a party, exchange presents and eat KFC. Why KFC I hear you ask, well the story goes that the store manager at the first KFC in Japan dressed up as a Santa Claus as a marketing stunt to boost his sales and so, since then eating fried chicken on Christmas Day has become a bit of a tradition. We have a few days off to spend with friends and family and when it comes to New Year, this is definitely family time with 3 days eating and drinking to see in the New Year. If you visit Japan around this time of the year, be prepared to party!

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Our team of City Ambassadors represent four nationalities and speak no fewer than 13 languages between them. To get to know them a bit better, we invited them to share their own traditions and how they celebrate Christmas.

Christmas in New Zealand Virginia Chou When I was a kid, I believed that Christmas was the most boring day in New Zealand. All the shops are closed, and every year the same Christmas cartoons and movies are repeated all day. Watching these movies made me wish that one day I could experience the winter wonderland of Christmas in countries across the world. However, as I grew older, I learnt to appreciate the sunshine, the calm sounds of the ocean and the spectacular views at New Zealand beaches, especially during the summer days. A typical Christmas could be having a barbeque for lunch with family and friends at the beach. Kids will run towards the ocean, dogs will chase the seagulls and you will see some family members you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen in forever.

In the evening, Christmas is celebrated with a feast, but before that, you can play games such as Secret Santa, and your favourite board games with your grandparents and guests. And whilst all this happening, you hear the clicks and clanks of the kitchen mayhem as your mother prepares for the feast by glazing the ham, seasoning the roasted vegetables, decorating the Christmas desserts and so much more. After dinner, opening presents are always exciting.When the party finishes, Christmas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to. You can drive to Franklin Rd in Auckland and appreciate all the Christmas lights. Once you finally fall asleep, you can wake up knowing that breakfast, lunch and dinner will be ready to eat for days.

ITALIAN CHRISTMAS Ramona Canalella & Teresa Leone

The Christmas is the most important religious celebration in Italy. Christmas season starts from the 8 of December when people decorate their houses, set the nativity scene and put up their Christmas trees. All decorations are then removed after the 6 of January, the day of Epiphany. The Epiphany is the commemoration of the arrival of the three Magi with the gifts for the Christ nativity. However, the celebration depends on the regions. In the North of Italy, people use to meet friends and relatives for a dinner one day before Christmas on the 24 of December. The dinner consists of a lot of starters and two mains courses, tortellini pasta in beef soup, and beef roll roast with vegetables. And for dessert, traditional cakes called panettone and pandoro. After dinner, we play games

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while we wait for midnight, the magic moment of Christmas gifts. Midnight is also a moment where people go to church for the Nativity service. In the south of Italy, Christmas is very important. People are spending more time with their families. Early December, people start meeting friends and relatives, in their own house every night, making dinners and playing cards or board games. On the 24 evening, they have a gorgeous dinner usually with fish-based food, at least 5 starters, 3 mains, sides and buffet dessert. On the 25 December, the Christmas day, a big lunch consisting of several starters, lasagne or cannelloni, beef roasted, sides, and desserts.

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Heading into Cambridge for some Christmas shopping?

Loving Christmas | Alternative Advent Calendars


s r a d n e l a C t n ve d A Do you fancy something other

than chocolate this year

in the lead-up to Christmas, why

not try one of these?

Macmillan Beauty Calendar Boots, £40

Lego City Advent Calendar £23

One for the... Kids (and big kids) Are you looking for a fun and creative way to get your children into the Christmas spirit this year - look no further than the Lego City advent calendar which is available in Debenhams, Boots and John Lewis for the reasonable price of £23. It has a piece for each day of the season, and comes with 7 Lego minifigures including Father Christmas himself! Open a new ‘door’ each day to reveal the day’s gift which vary from a snow plough tractor, snow catapult and a cookie table! This can fit in with their existing collection or as a stand-alone piece - perfect for any aspiring builders and engineers or for a grown-up who loves to play too!

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One for the... Beauty buffs! The Boots Macmillan beauty calendar is one for beauty lovers who like to be good to themselves and others, as £2 of every calendar goes to Macmillan Cancer Support. Enjoy 24 little beauty surprises, with the added pleasure of knowing that you’ve helped people in need live the best life they can. The calendar includes 24 of Boots’ best-selling products such as the No. 6 Protect and Perfect serum, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Soap and Glory Clean On Me, and Champneys Professional Collection Softening Hand Cream to name just a few!

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Loving Christmas | Dining out at Christmas

s a m t s i r h C t Dining out a Cambridge boasts a wonderfully diverse range of restaurants so why not work your way around them during the festive period? The Trinity Restaurant


The Cambridge Chop House

The Trinity Restaurant & Varsity

The Cambridge Chop House is a traditionally British restaurant and steak house on King’s Parade, serving mouth watering Sunday roasts. The extensive drinks menu features local real ales and wines focused on France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region, while the Christmas menu includes Roast Goose Breast, Beef Wellington and a Festive Nut Roast.

The Trinity Restaurant on historic Trinity Street is offering a Christmas menu which celebrates carefully sourced fish and meat, with dishes including Seaweed cured sea trout and Braised featherblade of beef.  Trinity’s sister restaurant, Varsity on St Andrew’s Street, also has a tempting Christmas menu and is Cambridge’s oldest restaurant. Varsity offers a fresh take on a classic bistro, featuring seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients.

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Loving Christmas | Dining out at Christmas

BYRON BURGER Byron on Bridge Street, a burger specialist, is offering a ‘feastive’ menu which features pigs in blankets and, of course, a seasonal turkey burger. It’s also a great place to take the children, even if they aren’t keen on burgers. As well as a traditional patties, the Mini Byron Kids Menu offers a chicken burger, nuggets and macaroni cheese.

Bill’s The Christmas party menu at Bill’s on Green Street includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options as well as a modern take on traditional dishes such as Pancetta wrapped Turkey Breast with all the trimmings and Christmas Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Chi Chi, in The Grafton Centre, is the first bao restaurant in Cambridge and serves freshly prepared Asian flavoured dishes. Diners can enjoy bao-filled buns, banh mi rolls, chicken wings, noodle and rice bowls, salads, bubble waffles and even bubble tea.

LA PIAZZA Also in The Grafton Centre, La Piazza by Signorelli offers Mediterranean food and cocktails until 11pm if you need to relax and revitalise after your Christmas shopping.

Ed’s Easy Diner If you’re browsing in The Grand Arcade, Ed’s Easy Diner is handily located to recharge your batteries. The menu is packed with All American favourites including burgers, hot dogs and shakes, but you can also opt for a Superbowl Salad or All Day Breakfast if you’re in the mood.

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Carluccio’s Just outside The Grand Arcade at One Fisher Square, Carluccio’s restaurant offers classic Italian food while also catering for vegetarians and those on a gluten free diet. Festive Italian gifts such as panettone and even hampers are available to purchase at the restaurant so you could get some Christmas shopping ticked off during your visit!

Old Ticket Office If you’re travelling home by train, the Old Ticket Office is well located at Cambridge railway station. The historic building has been renovated into a pub which offers all day dining and a range of craft beers, ciders, wines, soft drinks and spirits. Their Christmas menu has plant based options and the venue is very accommodating of all dietary requirements.

These are just a few of Cambridge’s wonderful

restaurants, for further inspiration, please visit C A M B R I D G E B I D . C O. U K / L O V E C A M B R I D G E

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Christmas shopping has never been so easy...

Loving Christmas | Christmas Indulgence

e c n e lg u d n I s a m t Chris The festive season is a time for

treats so here are

some delicious recipes to share

with your guests...

Winter Aperol Spritz Mix: 90ml Aperol 90ml Prosecco 30ml cranberry juice 60ml club soda

Panettone Brea d & Butter Puddin g

Garnish w ith an orange slic e and maybe so mething sparkly!

1. Heat your oven to Gas Mark 3/160c/140c fan and grease a shallow baking dish (850ml) with a knob of butter. 2. Take 250g panettone, cut into five slices and spread 45g butter onto the wedges. Cut the slices in half, keep the buttered sides upwards and arrange them in the dish. 3. Whisk 150ml double cream, 2 eggs, 225ml milk, 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract together. Pour the mixture over the panettone slices.

eam, Serve with cr cream custard or ice lian to bring an Ita flavour to your celebrations!

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4. Insert the dish into a larger roasting tin and pour hot water around it until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about 2.5cm deep. 5. Bake for just over half an hour or until the pudding is set and browned on top.

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Loving Christmas | The Perfect Evening Date

e t a D g n i u ve E t c The Perfe


If you’re looking to sw

eep your loved one

off their feet under the look no further than

Food at The Fitz For a cultural start to your evening and to tantalize your taste buds, The Fitzwilliam Museum’s Feast and Fast is a multi-sensory exhibition about the history of food and eating. Feast your eyes on a Jacobean sugar banquet and a Georgian confectioner’s workshop before wining and dining your date. The Museum closes at 5pm, so it’s a perfect excuse to start your date early and enjoy even more of what Cambridge can offer.

crisp night sky, then

these romantic hotsp


You Had Me at Merlot For style in a glass, head to Cambridge’s classic venue, Hotel du Vin. With plenty of hidden lounges as well as the wine cellar complete with trained Sommelier, you can enjoy a private whisky, cognac or wine tasting for an extra special experience.

YOU’RE THE GIN TO MY TONIC The Cambridge Gin Laboratory is an interactive space where couples can enter The Classroom for a ‘gin-ducation’. Be guided through the history of gin and its production, learn to taste like a professional or blend your own bottle with experts at The Cambridge Gin Distillery.

Please see our Christmas Dining page for restaurant recommendations


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Your guide to Cambridge this Christmas

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Your guide to Cambridge this Christmas