Christmas

20 things to do this Christmas in Oxford and across Oxfordshire

It's that time of the year, and Oxfordshire will be bustling with all things Christmas. From Christmas markets and light festivals to pantomimes and much more, this year, we're pulling together our biggest ever list of what to see and things to do this Christmas in Oxford and across Oxfordshire. Stock up on Christmas gifts, enjoy dazzling light spectacles, wonder along advent trails, tuck into freshly made pies (and some mulled wine, perhaps!); there is plenty to do this Christmas in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

No. 1 Attend Oxford's Christmas Light Festival 2019

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2019

A 3-day festival of Arts, Culture and Christmas fun with over 100 events taking place in Oxford City Centre from 15 to 17 November.

No. 2 Visit a Christmas market

Enjoy the festive season in one of the best Christmas destinations in the United Kingdom. Stock up on traditional gifts, enjoy mouth-watering festive treats, and experience that unbeatable festive feeling of Christmas at one of many Christmas markets in Oxford and across the Oxfordshire county.

No. 3 Get a fresh-cut Christmas tree

Here's where to buy fresh-cut Christmas trees in Oxfordshire

Here’s where to buy fresh-cut Christmas trees in Oxfordshire

If you want to pick a live Christmas tree and or buy a freshly-cut one, here are the tree barns and gardens where you can buy fresh-cut Christmas trees in Oxfordshire.

No. 4 See a pantomime

Oh that very British tradition at Christmas – full of larger than life characters and plenty of laughs – a villain that everyone hates, a comical dame and young love. Here’s the definitive list of must-see Pantomimes and family-friendly Christmas shows in Oxfordshire.

No. 5 See Motown The Musical

Motown The Musical at New Theatre, Oxford

Motown The Musical at New Theatre, Oxford

The sound. The story. The tale of Motown Records and the man who brought to us music that defined a generation. This is Motown the Musical!

No. 6 Go to a farmers' market

Stock up on vegetables, grab a mince pie or two, indulge in some mulled wine. There's plenty to see and do at your local farmer's markets this Christmas. Take a look at the farmers' markets in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

No. 7 Attend Carol Service at the Cathedral

The 2019 Advent Carol Service Christ Church Cathedral

The 2019 Advent Carol Service at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford

The 2019 Advent Carol Service Christ Church Cathedral is a service of music and readings for Advent at the Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford City.

No. 8 Spend the day at Blenheim Palace

Start your day by swapping the bustle of the high street for the serene Christmas Market. Next, take a journey into the 'Alice in the Palace' experience and explore the topsy-turvy world of Alice in Wonderland. Then as darkness begins to descend, visit the ever-popular Illuminated Light Trail. The formal gardens will be lit up in festive colour, brighter than ever before with lasers, projections and thousands of tea-lights.

No. 9 See the Last Supper in Pompeii exhibition at the Ashmolean

Last Supper in Pompeii Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

Last Supper in Pompeii at the Ashmolean Museum

This major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum tells the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine.

No. 10 Have dinner at a Michelin guide restaurant

Discover the Michelin Guide Restaurants in Oxfordshire - from the Michelin-starred restaurants – Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, The Oxford Kitchen in Summertown and The Nut Tree Inn in Murcott to the Bib Gourmand restaurants – Oli’s Thai and The Magdalen Arms in East Oxford, and The Bell in Langford, plus a dozen or so Michelin-plate restaurants.

No. 11 Experience Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor

A festive day out gazing at the decorated house, exploring the Christmas fair, indulging in celebratory foods and shopping for gifts.

No. 12 Go to the opera

Who will win the battle over Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda? What becomes of the forester who stumbles across a young vixen, and takes her home as a pet for his family? And which man can resist the charms of opera’s ultimate seductress, Carmen? Don your glad rags and find answers as the Welsh National Opera performs at the New Theatre in Oxford.

No. 13 Enjoy an indulgent Country House afternoon tea

Indulgent Country House Afternoon Teas near Oxford

9 Indulgent Country House Afternoon Teas near Oxford

Our top pick for an indulgent Country House afternoon tea that’s within easy driving reach Oxford.

No. 14 Visit a restaurant in the Good Food guide

The Good Food Guide is, perhaps, the most popular and comprehensive restaurant guide in the UK with over 1,200 reviews. We've picked out the Oxfordshire restaurants in the guide and give you the inside track on some of the best places to eat in the county.

No. 15 Explore the 130-acres that is the Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum Oxfordshire

Harcourt Arboretum

Harcourt Arboretum, a 15-minute drive from Oxford, has been part of the Botanic Garden since 1963 and contains some of the finest conifer collections in the UK, set within 130 acres of historic Picturesque landscape.

No. 16 Go for drinks at a trendy Cocktail bar

The Best Cocktail Bars in Oxford

An insider’s guide to the best cocktail bars in Oxford

Whether it's an intimate affair with your partner, after-work drinks with co-workers, or a big night out with friends, here's our insider's guide to the best cocktail bars in Oxford.

No. 17 Enjoy a programme of seasonal music

Whether it's a choral masterpiece by a leading a cappella group or a feast of traditional medieval carol tunes punctuated with more modern delights, sit back and enjoy a programme of Christmas carols and festive music.

No. 18 Take a romantic winter weekend getaway

Best Village Pubs with Rooms in Oxfordshire

Best Village Pubs with Rooms in Oxfordshire

Because there's nothing more indulgent than a romantic weekend away in one of these village pubs with rooms nestled in the idyllic Oxfordshire countryside.

No. 19 Take a festive ride with Thomas

A Festive Day Out With Thomas at Didcot Railway Centre in Didcot, Oxfordshire

A Festive Day Out With Thomas

Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at Didcot Railway Centre, and take a steam train ride to meet Father Christmas in a wonderfully decorated festive station.

No. 20 Take a festive wreath making class

Learn how to make a traditional festive door wreath from scratch with an evergreen base that is adorned with seed pods, dried flowers and foliage.