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Oxford is beautiful all year round, but the city is truly astonishing at Christmas time! There’s so many ways to soak up the beauty of Oxford during the festive season, as well as getting into the festive spirit.

Take a look at our luxury hotel’s top recommendations for Christmas activities to do in Oxford during your winter city break.


Christmas at Blenheim Palace


There’s nowhere more magical to spend a Christmas day out than at Blenheim Palace. They have plenty of events running all throughout the festive season.

Enjoy their very own Christmas market, Christmas afternoon tea and also a brand new after-dark light trail. You can always count on Blenheim Palace to be beautifully decorated to reflect the season, so you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a winter wonderland. That’s sure to get you in the spirit!

Blenheim Palace

Oxford Christmas Light Festival


Enjoy twinkling lights that fill the city of Oxford in the Oxford Christmas Light Festival. The event has expanded since it began in 2009, with it now being a full three day weekend!

Discover light and sound installations, a festive market, music, dance and lots of free activities in venues across the city within this fantastic event.


Pantomime at Oxford Playhouse


It’s a British tradition that can’t be missed! Get stuck in with all the interactivity in a show filled with fun at Oxford Playhouse. You’re sure to have a great evening, whether you’re on a family trip, away with friends, or even on a date night!

Be sure to book your tickets in advance, the show is a popular attraction every year so you don’t want to miss out!

theatre seats

Escape from the cold in the Oxford Covered Market


There’s no better place to escape the chilly air of winter than in The Oxford Covered Market. Get toasty after your winter walk around the city and look at great independent vendors while you’re at it.

You can find a great array of different products, from fashion, to flowers, to tasty sweet treats. It’s an ideal pitstop for when you need a break from the cold British weather!


Wintery walks through the city


Oxford in wintertime is a sight to behold. Simply venturing on a wander around the city is a great way to spend a chill morning or picturesque evening. 

Take in the sights of Oxford like Christ Church and Radcliffe Camera dusted with frost, and maybe even some snow. It’s a dreamy sight that will be right at home within your holiday snaps.

oxford in the snow

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