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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No. 16 Go for drinks at a trendy Cocktail bar
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.