Christmas in Oxford

Oxford Christmas ChurchesOxford offers a magical Christmas experience, excellent shopping, fabulous shows and enchanting music this festive season.

Home to one of the United Kingdom’s leading universities, Oxford is also known as the “city of the dreaming spires” – an allusion to the University’s architectural style. Though known around the world for its academic stature, this city has a lot to offer in terms of Christmas events.

Christmas Light Switch-on

This year’s Christmas Light Switch-on was held on the 24th of November as the historic street of Broad was brought to life with the marvelous light displays. They also had the Heliosphere, which was an aerialist suspended in a helium balloon and displayed graceful acrobatic acts on air. Though the Switch-on is over and done with, the lights remain for people to visit throughout the season.

White Light

On the 7th of December, be sure not to miss this event as Oxford once again hosts a marvelous display of lights and entertainment. From the art galleries to the museums and well into the streets, visitors and locals alike can view various displays, shows, exhibits, and performances. This vibrant mix of culture and entertainment is sure to bring a different light to anyone’s Christmas celebrations.

Some interesting festive activities include:

  • 16th century drinks and nibbles at the Museum of Oxford
  • Listening to poetry hosted by Hammer and Tongue at the University of Oxford Museum of the History of Science
  • Wandering the torchlight trail at the University of Oxford Pitt Rivers Museum (prepare to be spooked once in a while)
  • Viewing of ice sculptures at the Oxford Castle
  • Have an entertaining evening full of laughter with comedy and cabaret at the Oxford Playhouse (inspired by Kafka’s Metamorphosis, by the way)

Music and Entertainment

Oxford has a lot of options when it comes to these kinds of events for Christmas. Below are a few of them – be reminded that there are more activities that you can engage in all throughout the season:

  • Have a night filled with music and folk dancing at the Oxford Palace from 4.00 pm onwards on 2 December
  • Enjoy the Christmas cheer as you listen to local choirs sing Christmas carols at the Blenheim Palace on 9 December

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