Christmas at the Castle

27 & 28 Nov, 04, 05, 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 23 & 23 Dec.
Oxford Castle & Prison
44-46 Oxford Castle

Christmas at the Oxford Castle & Prison

About Christmas at the Castle

The most wonderful time of the year is coming to Oxford Castle & Prison!

Not only is there a festive Santa’s Grotto experience at Christmas at the Castle, but throughout the whole of December, the daytime Guided Tours will be led by costumed guides with lantern light.

Santa’s grotto

Santa is coming to town! Meet Father Christmas and enjoy some fun festive activities. The Castle Elves will welcome you to the ‘South Pole’, our winter wonderland. Each family will be individually taken to the ‘North Pole’ to meet Santa in his grotto, and not to mention, take some photos with him too!

In this one hour experience, you will:

  • Meet Santa and spend some quality time with him.
  • Children will receive a printed photo of them with Santa in his Grotto.
  • Listen to a Christmas story told by Santa.
  • Sing a Christmas carol with Santa.
  • Write a letter to Santa and post it in the post box.
  • Decorate a Christmas ornament.
  • Receive a Festive Bag that you can keep. Containing:
    • Snacks to eat whilst doing the activities (Vegetarian friendly).
    • A toy.
    • Certificate to say you have made it to the ‘Nice List’.
Book Santa’s grotto tickets.

Santa’s grotto booking information

Children ticket includes:
One printed photo with Santa, a cuddly toy, decorating a Christmas ornament to take home, activities, snacks and juice.

Adult ticket includes:
Partaking in the experience with your child, snacks, tea/coffee and a ticket for a Guided Tour of Oxford Castle & Prison to be taken by 31 March 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: If booking with family or friends, please ensure that you order under one booking to guarantee that you will be seated at the same table. Each group will be at their own table in the ‘South Pole’, and you can book a maximum of 6 people per table.

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November
Saturday 04 and Sunday 05 December
Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December
Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December
Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 December

10.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Child ticket – £17.95
Adult ticket – £15.95
Under 2’s ticket – £6.95

Lantern led tours

Discover 1,000 years of history by lantern light this Christmas Season!

Throughout December, all of the daily tours will be led by lantern light!

Enjoy a guided tour with a warming touch this winter at Oxford Castle & Prison. From 01 to 31 December, they will be dimming the lights, and their costumed guides will be leading the tours by lanterns.

Book general admission tickets for daily lantern led tours.

Christmas shop

If you’re looking for unique gifts for Christmas, then don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop!

Whether you’re looking for a stocking filler or the perfect present to put under the tree, they’ve got a range of medieval-inspired gifts for all ages!

The Gift Shop is open daily from 10.00am to 5.30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Oxford Castle & Prison is closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.

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