What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this Christmas

Christmas in Oxford, and indeed across Oxfordshire, really is magical.

Almost as soon as the temperature drops and the clocks go back, the county is transformed into a wintry wonderland, glittering with Christmas lights and creatively decorated trees, with Christmas markets and pop-ups winter events in the city as well as the towns and villages.

When December comes around, everyone suddenly seems to be that little bit friendlier, and you can fill your free time sipping hot booze, watching festive shows and pantos, revisiting your favourite Christmas films, belting out a carol or two, and having a proper knees-up at a Christmas party or two.

And after last year’s Tier 4 restrictions meant that the festivities were somewhat more muted than usual, you can expect what’s on in Oxfordshire this Christmas to be bigger, sparklier and filled with more festive fun than ever before.

Gone are the socially distanced meet-ups in the park, clutching a takeaway cup of mulled wine for warmth. Back are the pantos, markets, fairs, light shows, carols, concerts, and much more. Oh boy, did we miss ’em!

Get the lowdown on all the festive things to do for Christmas 2021 in Oxfordshire in our comprehensive roundup of what’s on in Oxfordshire this Christmas. And be sure to check back regularly as we continue to update the events diary with newly announced festive happenings in Oxford and across Oxfordshire.

Christmas 2019 at Waddesdon Manor
13 November to 03 January

Christmas at Waddesdon Manor

From 13 November, enjoy a festive day out gazing at Waddesdon Manor, exploring the Christmas fair, illuminated trail, festive food & drink, Christmas shopping, and much more.
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Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair 2018
13 November to 23 December

Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair

The spectacular fair set against the backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor is a fantastic Christmas shopping experience not to be missed.
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Rapunzel Pantomime at The Theatre Chipping Norton
17 November to 09 January

Rapunzel at The Theatre Chipping Norton

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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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 19 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 - What’s on in Oxford and across Oxfordshire this November
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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Yarnton Magic Garden and Christmas Grotto
Until 24 December

Yarnton Magic Garden and Christmas Grotto

Yarnton Magic Garden and Christmas Grotto is back this year, with the chance to create the perfect reindeer food, and see and talk to Father Christmas about all your Christmas wishes.
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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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Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas Exhibition
Until 30 December

Oxfordshire Craft Guild Christmas Exhibition 2021

After a long drought of being unable to exhibit, the Oxfordshire Craft Guild is staging its centrepiece 6 week-long Christmas exhibition at The Oxfordshire Museum in Woodstock.
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Banbury Festive Lantern Parade & Festive Light Show Switch On
20 November

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 Norber and they’ll have a one to one with Santa!
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