Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021
19 November to 21 November
About Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020 is a 3-day festival of Arts, Culture and Community.
The festival has been taking place since 2009. It’s evolved over the years from a single evening’s event in the city centre to a full three day weekend that includes light and sound installations, a festive market, music, dance and lots of free activities in venues across the city, and more recently to light trails and events in residential areas of the city.
As a light festival, the programme includes impressive light installations and displays, and we work with scores of cultural partners to present a host of performances, exhibitions, workshops and activities, many of which are free and ideal for all the family to enjoy.
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival has pivoted its approach quite dramatically over the last 18 months, moving from an outdoor mass gathering event based in the city centre to a model that responded to COVID-19 restrictions and yet enabled more residential engagement than ever before.
Seeing the benefits of this localised approach and the sheer joy of communities making the festival programme content themselves, the festival is hoping to develop this approach even further in 2021 - with lots of ways for local communities to get involved and lots happening to lift community spirits.
Hotspots of activity in 2019 included Broad Street’s Christmas market, Gloucester Green’s live dance stage, magical installations in the Castle Quarter and Westgate Oxford into the mix as the lantern parade weaved through new spaces as well as historic ones.
Keep checking in here between now and the weekend of 19-21 November 2021 to see more details of the programme emerge. There will be lots of resources to help people get involved, so do visit the festival’s dedicated website to find out more.