Christmas in Cambridge

From the carolling that rings out from the great chapels of Cambridge to the frost that covers the city parks, there is no finer English city to spend Christmas in - nor a hotel more inviting than University Arms. Enjoy festive dining in Parker’s Tavern, relaxing by the fire in the Library and beautiful city walks in the crisp winter air.

This will be a winter experience full of memories, when seasonal fog wraps the dreaming colleges, the pubs are cosy, and the walks along the River Cam are full of soul.

Enjoy a decadent and relaxing 3 days from 24th - 26th December. Our flexible itinerary will work for however you and your family want to spend your festive period.

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    Check-in anytime from 4pm

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    Canapés & sherry at 5PM in the Drawing Room

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    Carol Singers from Clare College accompanying the canapés

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    Festive Dinner in Parker’s Tavern between 7PM and 9PM

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    A lazy buffet breakfast in Parker’s Tavern between 7AM and 10.30AM

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    Christmas Day Lunch will be served in Parker’s Tavern

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    Walking tours available at either 10AM or 2:30PM

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    Televised King's Speech at 3PM

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    Christmas Cold Cuts will be served at 7PM in Parker’s Tavern

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    Leisurely Boxing Day Breakfast will be served in Parker’s Tavern

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    Plenty of time to curl up in front of the fire and relax in the library before checkout

Stay from 24th - 26th December 2023, from £680 for 1 adult, £984 for 2 adults in one room, with a £125 food supplement for children aged 3-12. Book early to avoid disappointment, with free cancellation until the 3rd of December. Fully prepayable.

Our Suites and Superior rooms allow plenty of space for roll away beds to be set up for your children. To book the best solution for your family, contact our concierge and discuss the options by phone 01223 606066, or through the form below.


Christmas at University Arms, Cambridge

24th - 26th December 2023

There will be feasting throughout Christmas Day at University Arms, beginning with a long, lazy buffet breakfast. The day’s highlight: Christmas lunch showcasing our chef's festive flair and the finest local ingredients. After lunch, settle in for an evening of games in the Drawing Room.

After a day of revelry, wind down with a leisurely Boxing Day breakfast and time spent curled up by the fire in the wood-panelled library. We can also make recommendations for the best Boxing Day walks around the city and further afield, in the Cambridge fens.

Book early to avoid disappointment, with free cancellation until the 3rd of December.

Do you want to learn the craft of Calligraphy to add sparkle to your Christmas cards and gift tags this year? Then join us in our ballroom, for our Beginner's Christmas brush lettering workshop with Calligraphy by Kiki. In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn all of the necessary, foundational skills to be able to create your very own unique lettering to add your personal touch to loved ones' gifts this year, with the guidance of Kiki throughout. Every attendee will receive a brush calligraphy pen to take home, calligraphy paper and gift tags to continue practicing your skills at home after the workshop. This is a beginner-level workshop, suitable for people who've never tried calligraphy before but want to try a new, creative hobby.


A delicious selection of savouries & sweets created by our wonderful pastry team. With festive finger sandwiches accompanied by our Chestnut 'Snowy Farr' Macaroon, Double Citrus Mince Pie and Father Christmas' Choux.


Enjoy a three-course Christmas Menu in our Ballroom for £70 per person, including after dinner tea and coffee with mince pies.