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Christmas at The University Arms

Christmas in Cambridge is nothing short of magical. Silence surrounds age-old spires, save for the occasional crunch of boots on frosted ground, and glowing lights radiate from warm abodes in the city’s many hidden cobbled streets.

Opposite Parker’s Piece stands the University Arms hotel, grand but inviting, festive and snug. We are proud to introduce you to our long-time partner, a hotel steeped in history but whose service is modern and stylish. Its book-lined walls, top-tier restaurant and quintessentially Cambridge suites make for a perfect cosy, luxurious winter break.

When you’re not punting along the river Cam wrapped in thick blankets or sipping mulled wine on a walk through Cambridge colleges, relax for a festive afternoon tea, throw a private party or even stay over Christmas at the hotel…

Festive Afternoon Tea

The University Arms Festive Afternoon Tea is now open. Created by chef Tristan Welch and the hotel’s wonderful pastry team, a selection of Christmassy savouries and sweet treats awaits you! Including ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Rocher’, Father Christmas’ Choux and more, there’s something delicious for everyone. Book here!

Parker’s Private Party 3 Course Menu

The Christmas party you’ll never forget! Designed for larger groups, University Arms Christmas parties feature a three course meal with after-dinner tea, coffee and mince pies, a DJ and a dancefloor! Held in the iconic ballroom, which boasts elegance and heritage design, your party is sure to be the talk of the season. Book here

Stay over at Christmas: 24-26 December

Fancy a change this year? Spend Christmas in Cambridge. For an unforgettable 2-night Christmas weekend, relax as the University Arms is turned into a winter wonderland. With carols, canapes and dinner on Christmas Eve, walking tours and Christmas Day lunch, and a leisurely boxing day breakfast, all is taken care of for you as you kick back in the glowing light of chandeliers and fireplaces. Book now to avoid disappointment. 

Winter Getaway

If Christmas for you is best at home but Cambridge is still calling, book your winter getaway for any time between December 11, 2022 - February 28, 2023 at 25% off when you book in advance. With a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine included and the whole of a frosty historic city at your door, make the winter blues disappear. Book here


Cosy and sophisticated, The University Arms truly is at the heart of Cambridge’s hospitality scene. So whether you’re dropping in for jazz nights on a Friday evening in the bar or booking a week-long wintry stay, they’ll be ready to welcome you… and don’t forget to pop into our store just round the corner!