Feeling Christmassy in Cambridge


Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Psychology and Sport Science
Course: BSc (Hons) Psychology and Criminology
Category: Psychology

26 November 2019

I might not be the biggest supporter of Christmas decorations in November, but I have to admit watching the lights being switched on really brightens my mood. Here are my favourite places to see some sparkle in Cambridge.

Its autumn! This can mean several things: the days getting shorter, the weather getting colder and suddenly University deadlines are fast approaching...

Although it feels like everything is piling up right now, it's great to take a step back and really try and appreciate how Cambridge transforms itself. Seeing the city get together to marvel at the lights gives me the sense of community I sometimes miss from my hometown around this time of year.

So, during your next study break, why not wrap up warm, take a walk around the city and see the wintry sights? If you don’t know where to start, I've listed my favourites so far...

The Grande Arcade always puts up the most amazing decorations, with their signature bronze star right in the heart of the mall along with the classic strip lights around it. At this time of year, I feel as though everyone's Instagram photographer jumps out! Christmas lights are the perfect cliché to post online and great practice for taking nice pictures. Here are just a few I got at the Grande Arcade:

Christmas lights in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Detail of a bronze star with fairy lights in the Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Christmas lights suspended from the ceiling of the Grand Arcade in Cambridge

Logically, I found my next fancy set of lights in the Grafton Centre. They were just as pretty. The Grafton Centre always uses Christmas as a time for charity, which I find really gets to the heart of the holiday season and reminds us that it is a time of giving.

Lastly, would this Christmassy post be complete without including the iconic tree put up at Cambridge train station? I didn’t think so.

If you’re a commuter you'll have already seen the stunning golden treat they’ve placed right out front of the station. The best bit is there's a little cut-out so passersby can take a picture inside the tree!

This tree in particular has always stood out. I remember it from my commuting days and to me, it’s just a staple of the change in season.

Christmas tree covered with lights in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge
Leaping deer in a circle - Christmas light display in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge
Christmas tree outside Cambridge train station

So even though your exams are round the corner and its dark at 4pm every day, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the city. Why not go look for yourself? All these places are between ten and 25 minutes from campus, and might even be on your way home.

Take the time to enjoy yourself and remember, you deserve a break!


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