Best Festive Events in Oxford

Christmas in Oxford is a magical time and we are truly in the heart of it here at our hotel in Abingdon Oxfordshire. With a wide-range of events and plenty of opportunities to do a spot of Christmas shopping, we have listed a few of our local favourites below.

What’s on in Oxford this festive season?

Christmas Light Festival
Oxford City Centre 25th-27th November 2016

What better way to kick the season off with this hugely popular event. Each year The Christmas Light Festival brings around 45,000 into Oxford City Centre to watch the beautiful town illuminate. The lantern procession sees hundreds of handmade, exquisitely coloured and shaped lanterns float through the centre. The procession travels through central Oxford for up to an hour with local music groups joining the parade. This glittering hub of celebration is a perfect chance to get into the Christmas spirit.


‘Christmas at Blenheim’ – a Trail of Lights Around the Formal Gardens
Blenheim Palace 25 Nov 2016 – 2 Jan 2017

On the theme of festive lights, for the very first time Blenheim Palace will hold an illuminated and unforgettable after-dark festive trail this year. Stroll along the winding paths, beside tranquil waters and through the extraordinary Parkland. The Gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland as part of a magical Christmas trail. Visitors can also explore the scented Fire Garden; a circular carpet of dancing flames, adorned with lanterns, set against the backdrop of sparkling ancient woodland.


Living Crafts for Christmas
Blenheim Palace 17 Nov 2016 – 20 Nov 2016

If you are into your arts and crafts, this is perfect for you. The Living Crafts for Christmas event at Blenheim Palace allows you enjoy Christmas shopping in style. Over 150 British designers and craftsmen will be showcasing high quality contemporary pieces. This is an excellent way to choose unique and one-of-a-kind presents for all the family from simple stocking fillers; millinery, ceramics, studio glass, leather work, sculpture, textile crafts, photography, toys and puzzles, fashions, soaps, designer jewellery and more.


Christmas Stitch Up – Family Day School
Denman, Abingdon 20 November 2016

If you enjoy getting ‘hands-on’ during the run up to Christmas, then this is the perfect event for you. What better way to start the festive season than a day of fabulous fabric fun? You can join in with a unique twist on wreath-making or creating decorations for your home. The day is suitable for everyone, including the novice stitcher. Everything you need for your day of festive fun will be supplied.


So there you have it, Oxford is clearly the place to be this Christmas! All of this excitement is happening within a stone’s throw of The Oxford Abingdon, one of the best family friendly hotels in Oxfordshire.


To find out more about staying at The Oxford Abingdon this Christmas time call us on 01235 553456 or book a room today!