What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this November

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020 - What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this November

What to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in November.

Hello and welcome to your invaluable guide to what’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this November.

It’s easy to forget that there’s usually plenty to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in November - right after the October Half-term and leading up to when the Christmas festive season kicks off in earnest.

From bonfires and fireworks events to Christmas light switch-on events across our towns and villages, this is also the month when Christmas markets and the most British of all traditions - pantomimes - kick-off.

We’re sure you know by now that this is a curated list of the things to do in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Month. You’ll find more events in Oxford and across Oxfordshire in the “What’s on section” of the website. There’s also a limited number of unmissable events beyond the county that would make for a great day out.

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After a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic, Oxford Round Table Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display returns to Oxford’s South Park on Saturday 06 November 2021. A household event in Oxford, the Oxford Round Table Charity Bonfire and Fireworks Display is widely considered to be Oxfordshire’s largest firework display for charity.

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Van Morrison Concert at New Theatre Oxford

Van Morrison Live at New Theatre Oxford

06 November
New Theatre Oxford

Sir Van Morrison is one of music’s true originals, and his unique and inspirational musical legacy is rooted in postwar Belfast. Born in 1945, Van heard his Shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early in life. Morrison’s matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much-covered Gloria and Here Comes The Night.

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Madam Butterfly by Welsh National Opera at New Theatre Oxford

Madam Butterfly by Welsh National Opera

09 to 11 November
New Theatre Oxford

The Welsh National Opera’s Madam Butterfly is a powerful story of unrequited love, human pain and suffering which is magnificently intensified by Puccini’s glorious music, promising a night of drama and emotion. Inspired by Puccini’s fantasy landscape of exotic pleasures, Lindy Hume’s new production interprets Butterfly’s famous story through a dystopian prism.

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Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

Until 03 January
Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Christmas at Waddesdon will be back with magical lights and the gardens aglow. Enjoy some festive fun with an enchanting outdoor extravaganza that will brighten the end of your year. See the Manor’s façade illuminated with light and enjoy dramatic colour and playful installations as you stroll through the gardens.

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Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much-loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra return with their Autumn/Winter UK tour. Renowned as one of the UK’s most popular tours, now in its 25th year, the shows will this year feature many special guests. Crowds describe the show as ‘sensational’ & ‘a highlight of the year!’ so get your rhythm & blues on for Jools & his band.

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Rapunzel Pantomime at The Theatre Chipping Norton

Rapunzel at The Theatre Chipping Norton

Until 09 January
The Theatre Chipping Norton

Rapunzel has been stuck in a castle tower for eighteen years, imprisoned by a witch’s magical powers. But she’s not the sort of girl to let that defeat her! Knights and maidens, sword fights and sea-storms, sweeties and singalongs – this joyful reimagining of the classic tale has it all! So let your hair down and enjoy the latest and greatest adventure from Chipping Norton Theatre, the home of traditional family panto.

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Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020 - What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this November

Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2022

18 to 20 November (To be confirmed)
Oxford City Centre

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.

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The Nutcracker - A Christmas experience at Blenheim Palace

The Nutcracker – A Christmas experience at Blenheim Palace

19 November to 02 January
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock

The story of The Nutcracker re-imagined within Britain’s Greatest Palace. Explore the Palace rooms, each exquisitely transformed and filled with hidden surprises – from the toymaker’s workshop on a frosty Christmas Eve; through the glistening Land of Snow and onto the candy-cane Kingdom of Sweets adorned with the sweetest of treats and larger-than-life gingerbread men. It’s a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems.

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It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South, and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. He’s the host of BBC One’s All Together Now and team captain on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, he is also the star of BBC One’s Live At The Apollo, Would I Lie To You?, Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown. And he is also a host of Dave’s podcast, The Magic Sponge.

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Modern Makers Collective Yattendon Christmas Market

Modern Makers Collective Yattendon Christmas Market

20 & 21 November
Yattendon Village Hall

The Modern Makers Yattendon Christmas Market is brought to you by a collective of handpicked artists, designers, makers, and craftspeople, selling a range of exceptional contemporary art, craft and design. The market will feature a variety of talented local artisans and makers, including ceramicist Harriet Coleridge, who creates beautiful and dynamic pots, often with dramatic glazes.

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Jersey Boys Live at New Theatre Oxford

Jersey Boys Live at New Theatre Oxford

30 November to 04 December
New Theatre Oxford

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys is working its way back around the UK! This smash-hit musical has won 65 major awards and has been seen by over 27 million people worldwide. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Olivier Award-winning, original Broadway sensation, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s too good to be true.

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