Create magical memories in Oxfordshire this Christmas

Sep 09 2021

Sparkling lights, hot chocolates, and the sound of choirs… The most wonderful time of the year is coming in Oxford and Oxfordshire and there are many exciting events happening this winter. From traditional Christmas markets to magical light shows and festive concerts, there is plenty of choice for everyone!

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are always a favourite to pick up unique and handmade gifts, enjoy delicious food and warm drinks and spend time with friends and family.

The city of dreaming spires will be filled with Christmas joy again as the Oxford Christmas Market is returning to the heart of the city on historic Broad Street. With Christmas carols, colourful decorations, and amazing market traders, it is definitely not to be missed.

If you want to escape the bustle of the high street, visit the Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace. With over 70 designer craft traders to discover in wooden chalets in the Great Court, you will find the perfect treats for your loved ones.

Oxford Christmas Market | 09-19 December 2021

The Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace | 19 November - 19 December 2021

Christmas for all the family

The festive period is all about spending time with your family and creating magical memories together. There are lots of wonderful activities and events for children happening this year in Oxford and Oxfordshire.

Westgate Oxford is hosting ‘Santa’s Magical Reindeer Grotto’, where children will have the chance to meet a little reindeer called Norbert, make reindeer food, and meet Santa. You can also visit Bletchley Park’s Vintage Christmas Grotto to have a magical meeting with Father Christmas and collect a free toy trail to help him find all his lost toys scattered around Bletchley Park.

Want to enter a fairy-tale world? Discover the Story of The Nutcracker at Blenheim Palace, with rooms beautifully transformed and filled with hidden surprises… Or start a journey from the North Pole to the South Pole at Fairytale Farm.

In Banbury, come and meet the beautiful reindeer in the Market Place, learn all about these amazing animals and you might even have the chance to have your photo taken with them!

If you want to make this Christmas even more special, book your tickets for the amazing West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford.

'Believe' at Westgate Oxford | 26 November - Christmas Eve 2021

Bletchley Park's Vintage Christmas Grotto | 27 November - 23 December 2021

The story of The Nutcracker at Blenheim Palace | 19 November - 02 January 2022

Christmas Fairytale 2021 | 04-24 December 2021

Live Reindeer in Banbury | 03-04 December 2021

School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford | 13 December - 01 January 2022

Christmas Festive Fayres

Looking for unique and perfect Christmas presents for your friends and family? Stonor Park in Henley-on-Thames is hosting Henley Christmas Fair, a unique boutique-style Christmas shopping experience. You can also discover the popular Woodstock Festive Fayre at St Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock with over 35 artisans selling handmade arts, crafts, food and drink, and gifts galore for Christmas.

Woodstock Festive Fayre | 26-27 November 2021

Henley Christmas Fair | 25-28 November 2021

Light shows

Festive light shows are perfect to immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit. Experience Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021, a 3-day festival of Arts, Culture and Community with impressive light installations and displays as well as exciting performances, exhibitions, workshops and activities.

The illuminated trail returns at Blenheim Palace with a brand-new route, taking you across the South Lawn and into the woods beyond. Expect spectacular stars and baubles, magical firework trees fizz with lights and much more!

Banbury’s Festive Lantern Parade and Light Show Switch on will also be a fantastic event for everyone this year. Follow the parade through the town and discover a grand display bringing a real sense of magic to the Banbury Town Centre.

Oxford's Christmas Lights Festival | 19-20 November 2021

Illuminated Trail at Blenheim Palace | 19 November - 02 January 2022

Festive Lantern Parade & Light Show Switch on in Banbury | 20 November - 05 January 2022

Christmas concerts

Nothing is better than a Christmas concert to truly feel the magic and create joyful memories with your loved ones. Oxford has lots of amazing musical celebrations happening this year.

Join Oxford Harmonic Choir to hear the beautiful programme of Rheinberger’s The Star of Bethlehem.

Last year was a Christmas without Handel’s most festive oratorio, Messiah, so don’t miss out on this performance, as it will be extra special.

You can also come and celebrate the festivities with a wonderful fun and informal concert by the Boys of Christ Church Cathedral Choir, taking place in the iconic Christ Church Cathedral – perfect for all the family.

Oxford Harmonic Choir The Star of Bethlehem | 27 November 2021

The Boys of Christ Church Cathedral Choir | 04 December 2021

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Handel's Messiah | 16 December 2021