1. Christmas Things To Do

What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Christmas

With Oxfordshire set to be in ‘Tier-2: High Alert’ after the national lockdown in England ends on 02 December, we're hoping to see a reopening of many of our cherished venues, and we'll be refreshing this page with new events, as well as making updating existing ones.

From light shows and illuminated trails to elegantly decorated stately homes, pantos with larger than life characters, Christmas markets busting with quality stocking fillers, carol concerts by world-class choirs, and more; we're scouring the county to bring you a plethora of events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this holiday season.

We encourage you to revisit this page often(ish) to be in the know about what's on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Christmas. Be sure to visit our what's on section for "non-christmassy" events taking place in December and January.

The Nutcracker - A Christmas experience at Blenheim Palace
19 November to 02 January

The Nutcracker – A Christmas experience at Blenheim Palace

Explore the Palace rooms, each exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – from the toymaker’s workshop to the candy-cane Kingdom of Sweets.
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Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2021
19 November to 12 December

Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2021

Escape the bustle of the high street and soak up the festive atmosphere of the Christmas market set against the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace.
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Blenheim Palace Illuminated Christmas Lights Trail 2021
19 November to 02 January

Blenheim Palace Illuminated Christmas Lights Trail 2021

Lasers, projections, and over 100,000 pea-lights makes for an unmissable Christmas event.
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Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020
19 to 21 November

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2021

Bringing activity into local oxford communities with creativity that spills out of people’s houses and streets.
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Modern Makers Collective Yattendon Christmas Market
20 & 21 November

Modern Makers Collective Yattendon Christmas Market

Unique handmade gifts, cards and decorations alongside exquisite artworks and objects - ceramics, textiles, basketry, jewellery, painting, woodwork, bookbinding, lampshades and more - from a handpicked collective of talented local makers.
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Banbury Christmas Lights Switch-on Event
21 November (TBC)

Banbury Christmas Lights Switch-on 2021

A family-focused festive event in the heart of the town where the community comes together to kick-off the festive season.
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Believe - Santa’s Magical Reindeer Grotto at Westgate Oxford
26 November to 24 December

Believe at Westgate Oxford

This year, Westgate is hosting ‘Believe - Santa’s Magical Reindeer Grotto’ – children will be entertained by a very special reindeer Norbert, they’ll make reindeer food in readiness for Christmas Eve, and they’ll have a one to one with Santa!
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Woodstock Festive Fayre 2021
26 & 27 November

Woodstock Festive Fayre 2021

Woodstock Festive Fayre is set to run on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November 2021. There will be an array of stallholders at the buzzing festive market so residents and visitors can shop for Christmas while supporting small independent businesses.
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Witney Christmas Lights Switch-on Event 2020
26 November (TBC)

Witney Christmas Lights Switch-on Event 2021

The Witney Christmas lights switch-on event is a family event with live music, stalls, Santa’s Grotto, food and funfair. Lights go on at 6pm.
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Henley Christmas Festival 2019 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
26 November (TBC)

Henley Christmas Festival 2021

Christmas launches in Henley-on-Thames this year with the annual Christmas Festival.
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Woodstock Festive Fayre and A Night of a Thousand Candles
27 November

A Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock

Residents and visitors are warmly invited to a Night of a Thousand Candles in Woodstock on Saturday, 27 November. Come see the Christmas lights switched on and enjoy a great family event to start the festive season.
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Bicester Christmas lights switch on
27 November

Bicester Christmas Lights Switch-on 2021

A family-focused festive event in the heart of the town where the community comes together as one to kick off the festive season.
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