Bigger, better and brighter! Christmas in Cambridge is back!
“The Christmas in Cambridge festival is the perfect opportunity for friends and family to come together to celebrate the season,” said Mayor Doug Craig. “Every year, the festival is growing and evolving and has become a true Cambridge icon.”
“We’re extremely proud of our Christmas in Cambridge festival,” remarked Tricia Lewis, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture. “With generous support from local sponsors like RBC and Preston Towne Centre, dedicated City staff and hardworking volunteers, the festival has truly become a holiday tradition and must-see destination for our whole community and Cambridge visitors.”
Kicking off the festival lineup is Music and Lights in the Village on Friday, Nov. 24. This true community event features a night of entertainment from local school choirs and a family theatre performance at Hespeler Idea Exchange. The evening ends with a magical tree-lighting in the heart of Hespeler Village.
The much anticipated CP Holiday Train stops in Cambridge on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The pre-show kicks off at 3:15 p.m. at the Malcolm Street Station, with a performance by Marie Bottrell. Performances from the holiday train include Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy and Kelly Prescott. As with previous years, cash and food donations will be accepted by the Cambridge Self Help Foodbank during the event.
Family favourite, Candyland, will be back in Central Park on Saturday, Dec. 2 with new games and activities and crafts. The event will also feature three dynamic skating shows by Glisse on Ice along with new food trucks selling kettle corn, specialty donuts, hot drinks and more.
Celebrating more than 10 years in Cambridge and 25 years in New York City, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night, set for Thursday, Dec. 7 will host innovative light installations by Inflatable Tent Inc., Glisse on Ice, Abbey Road Entertainment, Michele Hopkins, Gary Kirkham, Cambridge Farmers’ Market, the Youth Advisory Committee of Council and more. Exclusive to Unsilent Night attendees will be the opportunity to be among the first people to walk over the City’s new pedestrian bridge, opening the day of the event.
A jewel of the Christmas in Cambridge festival is the something-for-everyone Cambridge Christmas Market running Thursday, Dec. 7-Sunday, Dec. 10. With more than 60 artisans and makers spanning three floors of City Hall, the Christmas Market offers one-stop shopping for the holiday season. Featuring live performances by the Chartwell Bell Ringers, Salvation Army, Addison Women’s Choir, and Penny and Pound Theatre, shoppers can enjoy the sounds of the season while checking off their Christmas lists.
Festival Gold Tinsel Sponsor, Royal Bank of Canada, presents the New Year’s Eve Party at Hespeler Arena, Sunday, Dec. 31 from 5-8 p.m. This popular event features free skating for the whole family, live entertainment, a bouncy castle, games and special guest Willy Melt.
This year’s festival also welcomes event emcees and street teams from Corus Entertainment stations including 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 DAVE ROCKS.
For more information on Christmas in Cambridge events, visit www.christmasincambridge.ca