Christmas in Cambridge is a festival of events held annually to celebrate the holiday season. The festival involves several separate activities that are spread out from late November to late December. Many of the events follow a theme of lights or music, and take place in various locations throughout Cambridge.
Music and Lights in the Village occurs in late November in Hespeler Village. Events take place throughout the evening in several different locations, and include a holiday play, a concert of local choirs, and the lighting of the Christmas tree at Hespler Town Centre.
Another event that happens as part of Christmas in Cambridge is the CP Holiday Train which is a fundraiser for the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank. Two trains decorated in lights travel from the East to the West Coast of Canada, collecting food donations along the way. Since it was started in 1999, the CP Holiday Train has raised over $10 million and 3.6 million pounds of food. Locally, all food and monies raised are donated to the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. The train makes an annual stop at the Malcolm Street Station in Cambridge, delighting crowds with its colourful train cars and live music performances. In the past, the train has featured performances by Tom Cochrane, Sheryl Crow and Great Big Sea.
Candyland is another event occurring as part of Christmas in Cambridge the first Saturday in December each year. Central Park in Cambridge hosts live entertainment and interactive games and activities. There are light displays and themed decorations that remain up for the month of December. There is also a synthetic ice rink, that remains available for skating until March Break.
Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is a modern interpretation of caroling where people of all ages walk through the city playing music composed by Phil Kline through portable speakers. The event also features more than 20 light installations along the route of the walk.
The Cambridge Christmas Market runs for four days the second week of December each year at the Cambridge City Hall. Quality vendors and artisans fill City Hall and Market Square to create a cone-stop shopping destination for unique gifts, seasonal food and a great shopping atmosphere. Each day the market features entertainment and a different activity which will have shoppers visit more than once. The New Year’s Eve Party takes place at the Hespeler Arena, and completes the festival. It includes free skating, a bouncy castle, crafts, games, a photo booth and live entertainment.
Visit the Christmas in Cambridge website for all festival details.