Christmas College was started in 2001 to provide activities for students left in Cambridge over the holidays.
Since then the group has grown, drawing people from across all sections of the University community. Last year the society attracted over 240 members.
Tim Thornton, one of the organisers, explained: “This is the sixth year that Christmas College has been in existence and each year it provides an opportunity for those left in Cambridge over the holiday to meet up and have fun.
“Members can come to as many, or as few, of the events as they like, which makes it ideal if you’ve got a pressing essay to do or some lab work to complete.”
Previous years’ events have included a mince pie launch party, ‘solstice snowballs’, pizza evenings, indoor skiing, ice-skating, ten-pin bowling and climbing St John’s College tower.
This year Christmas College hopes to reach even more staff and students and has set up a web-based forum to encourage discussion, allow members to arrange their own activities and keep one another informed.
Already members have met up for a night out in a local pub, sung carols by candlelight and have gone to watch a film. Plans to attend ‘Nine Lessons & Carols’ at King’s on Christmas eve and visit Ely Cathedral before New Year are well underway.
“Because there are so many new faces at Christmas College each year, it’s a great way to meet new friends,” Tim continued. “It’s a little like Freshers’ Week in winter.”
Details of events and how to join can be found by following the link.
For further information, please contact the University of Cambridge Office of Communications on 01223 332300