Vanbrugh House



A christmas getaway in the city of dreaming spires at our Oxford hotel

The weather is getting colder and the nights and mornings are getting darker, which means Christmas is fast approaching. Our boutique hotel in Oxford shares its top tips for what’s on this festive season in the city of dreaming spires.

Be dazzled by Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival

This annual Oxford tradition takes place this year from 17th to 19th November, perfect for kicking off the Christmas festivities. Marvel at the sound and light installations scattered across the city and enjoy live music, dancing and lots of free activities in venues across the city. Make sure you catch the stunning lantern parade passing near our Oxford hotel. For more information visit

Experience Blenheim Palace like never before

‘Christmas at Blenheim’ returns for 2017 from 24th November to 1st January 2018. The Formal Gardens will light up for an unforgettable after-dark festive trail of light. Explore the scented Fire Garden, adorned with lanterns and a circular carpet of dancing flames, discover Christmas trees that sing and marvel at the lake aglow with brightly-lit boats. This event is not to be missed and our Oxford hotel can help arrange transport to Blenheim Palace for you. For more information visit

Don’t miss the Christmas Markets

The smell of mulled wine, the sound of carols, the taste of delicious Christmas treats – nothing quite gets you in the festive spirit like a Christmas market. From 7th to 17th December, head to Broad Street just a short walk from our hotel in Oxford to discover countless charming stalls filled with Christmas food, drinks and gifts. Don’t forget to wrap up warm! For more information visit

Vanbrugh House Hotel, a boutique hotel in Oxford, is ideally located in the centre of Oxford, near to the area’s top attractions. To check availability, contact the Oxford hotel team on or 01865 244 622.

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