Mayor Kathryn McGarry And Willy Melt
Cambridge Does Christmas Like Nobody Else
Cambridge, Ontario - The 2019 Christmas in Cambridge festival season is officially underway. Earlier today, event organizers provided an overview of this year’s festival highlighting new features and what attendees can expect at each event. Named one of Festival and Events Ontario’s Top 100 events, the 2019 Christmas in Cambridge festival is the holiday destination for the region.
The festival’s first event of the season this year is the CP Holiday Train, which will be pulling into Malcolm Street station at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Pre-show entertainment kicks off at 3:15 p.m. with a performance by Shy Harry with holiday train performances by Alan Doyle and Beautiful Band beginning at 4:15 p.m. The Cambridge Self Help Foodbank will be onsite collecting cash and food donation during the event, and Santa Claus and Willy Melt will be there to pose for photos.
Festivities continue that Friday with Music and Lights in the Village from 6:15-8:30 p.m. in Hespeler Village. This year will see more choirs than ever before performing Christmas carols at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and a special performance by the Hespeler Baptist Church Choir at the tree lighting. A new partnership with the Hespeler Village BIA has brought even more lights into village promising a bright and memorable experience.
Family favourite, Candyland, will be on in Central Park on Saturday, Dec. 7 with new entertainment, games and lights. The Cambridge Redhawks will be joining the fun this year running an inflatable hockey gallery game and handing out tickets. Candyland-goers can also enjoy horse-drawn trolley rides in downtown Preston, food trucks, a warm-up zone with crafts and face painting.
Now in its 13th year, Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night is set for Thursday, Dec. 12. This year’s walk will showcase more than 30 innovative light installations by local artists including Joanne Hookumchand, Studio X, Trevor Waurechen, W. Ross MacDonald School, Central Presbyterian Church, Gareth Carr and Joe Lethbridge. Event-goers will also enjoy buskers along the route with juggling, hoola hoop and fire performers.
Opening the same night as Unsilent Night, the Cambridge Christmas Market will run Thursday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 15. With more than 60 artisans and makers spanning three floors of City Hall, the Christmas Market offers one-stop shopping for the holiday season. Each market day includes unique daily features and plenty of photo opportunities. New for this year are an illuminated fire pit lounge, light displays and photos with Santa.
The festival wraps up on Tuesday, Dec. 31 with the New Year’s Eve Party at Hespeler Arena from 5-8 p.m. This year’s skating themes include a Family Rink with Disney music and a Party Rockers Rink with video and top 40 hits. The event also features crafts, games and activities with a new inflatable obstacle course this year.
Throughout the month of December, residents and visitors to Cambridge can also enjoy spectacular Christmas light displays in four locations throughout the city: interactive light displays in Central Park; Christmas trees in Hespeler Village, Queen’s Square; and the lights and CAMBRIDGE sign at City Hall.
Sensitive Santa Is Back For 7th Year...But Full Up For 2019
Sensitive Santa runs all across North America. Most events are only offer for children with autism however the City of Cambridge offers to all children with disabilities," says Robyn Hyland, Inclusion Coordinator. Sensitive Santa is a partnership with the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Centre Mall and we are currently in our 7th year running the event.
Sensitive Santa is a sensory friendly visit with Santa reserved for children with social, emotional and behavioural needs. The sensory friendly environment provides lower lighting and a quieter surrounding. Each child has an opportunity to share this magical experience talking to Santa within a stress free surrounding. Sensitive Santa gives children the experience of having the traditional mall picture and visit with Santa that many of their peers are participating in. We are currently full for all our dates and have a waitlist.
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