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Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021

19 November to 21 November

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020
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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.

Highlights from previous years

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Lantern Parade Image 01
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The iconic lantern parade opened the festival on Friday evening, taking a route around the city centre.
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Light Installations Image 01
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Light Installations Image 02
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Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Light Installations Image 03
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Light Installations Image 05
A vibrant selection of light installations appeared around the city over the Festival weekend
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Performances Image 01
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Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019 Highlights - Performances Image 05
The festival brought together an eclectic mix of street and stage performances over the weekend

All images courtesy of Oxford's Christmas Light Festival

Details

Start:
19 November
End:
21 November
Event Category:
Event Tags:
https://www.oxlightfest.com/

Venue

Oxford City Centre
Oxford City Centre
Oxford,
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