Cambridge hosting 'modified' Christmas festival

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The award-winning Christmas in Cambridge celebrations is set to light up the city for everyone to enjoy for the holiday season. The celebrations this year will have a focus on virtual and physically distant ways to enjoy the festival.

Visitors are still invited to take a walking tour of the various sights and sounds placed around the city, which is set to include twenty light installations made by local artists. An online map will be available on the city website to let residents plan their own routes. The extended winter event will run from Nov. 23 to Jan. 2.

Attendees can take an online approach to the festivities’ major draws. The CP holiday train will be hosted online this year, in a virtual, holiday-themed benefit concert, according to the railway company’s website. CP will be donating to the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank in-lieu of an in-person concert, said city staff.

The annual ‘Unsilent Night’ event will make a modified return this year. While the city is suspending in person gathering events and live performances for this season, organizers said the city will combine popular music, lights in Central Park and the Village and the original composition of Phil Kline’s ‘Unsilent Night’ for a new Winter Illumination event.

The opportunity to support vendors for the Christmas market will be made possible online. The format will be virtual, but the organizers promise to have the same great shopping experience. The market will be open for one month, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23. Shoppers will get to enjoy the designs and crafts of almost 30 local makers and artists.

Vendors will be offering multiple delivery options, including a one-day, curbside pick-up option on Dec. 19 at the Cambridge Centre of the Arts, city staff said. The online market is available starting on Nov. 23 on the city’s website.

Swikar Oli, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cambridge Times