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Christmas Lights & Events 2014 for Oxfordshire:

The town chambers and business partnerships in OTCN are working together to boost Christmas trade at what is a crucial time of year for our towns.

We start by posting the dates as we get them from our towns, and then add event details as they emerge. Each year since we launched the initiative it’s proved to be an ever more popular source of information for people thinking about going to events in their local towns.

If you are a trader and require details of these events, you can get contact details for many of the town councils, chambers or business partnerships who run them from their own websites. Just click on the town you need on the map above.

If you have any relevant information about your town's Christmas events that does not appear here, then please contact us at .

Town Event Date Events
Abingdon Saturday 29th November Market Place - 11:00 Majorettes Perform,  11:30 Rock Choir Perform, 12:00 Parade through the town, 12:15 Abingdon Youth Ballet Perform, 12:30 Sea Cadet Band Perform, 13:15 Abingdon Concert Band Perform, 14:30 Morris Dancers, 15:15 Rock Choir Perform, 16:00 Abingdon Community Choir, 16:30 Fire performance, 17:00 Presentations, 17:30 Lights on followed by fireworks, 17:40 Community Choir, 18:00 Service in St Nics Church.

Bath Street - Donkeys & Circus Workshop all day, 12:15 Punch & Judy, 12:45 Morris Dancers, 13:15 Punch & Judy, 13:30 Sea Cadet Band Perform, 14:15 Punch & Judy, 15:15 Punch & Judy.

Sunday 30th November The Town Centre comes alive with a three hour programme of stage entertainment incorporating live music, dance and entertainment. Have fun on the large fairground and see Santa waving from the Town Hall balcony. Count down with us and watch the fireworks launch Banbury into the festive season.

Thursday 4th December BIG Switch on  -  This year’s Christmas Lights bring the usual fun to Sheep Street. With stalls and music and even a visit from St. Nick, don’t miss this popular event.

Sunday 30th November Starts at 12.00 Noon. Christmas Lights on at 4.30pm.

Friday 28th November The Annual Switch-On of Carterton's Christmas Lights will  commence at 6.00 p.m. The Alvescot Road will be closed to traffic and charity, craft and gift stalls will line both sides of the road. Many shops will stay open late and there will be a children's funfair in the car park behind the Library. The lights will be switched on at 6.00 p.m. by a special guest and refreshments will be available in the Town Hall.

Friday 12th December Charlbury late night Christmas shopping is on Friday 12th December 6-8pm, why not come on down to the town centre and buy your Christmas gifts locally and enjoy the seasonal atmosphere - hope to see you all there.

Chipping Norton
Thursday 4th December Chippy's Christmas Evening - 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Thursday 27th November Christmas Street Fair.  21st Annual event for Didcot in the Broadway and Orchard Centre. Father Christmas in Methodist Hall, , stalls and funfair, food and entertainers. Grand Parade 7pm. Free event 4pm - 9pm. Road closed until 9.30.

Saturday 29th November Festive Faringdon.  2.00pm - 5.00pm. Lights will be switched on.


Friday 21st November The lights on the trees, together with the cross-street lights, will be switched on at the late-night Switch on and Shop event on Friday, November 21 by TV presenter Anna Williamson, alongside the Mayor of Henley Martin Akehurst. Shops are set to stay open until 8pm along with the town’s Christmas market. There will also be a snow machine and Brakspear pubs in the town are being encouraged to join in by offering a special deal for the night.

Tuesday 25th November Come and join us for a festive evening with the Christmas Lights Switch On, High Street, Kidlington. Stalls opening at 5:30pm with refreshments and goodies available. The lights turn on at 7pm and entertainment until 8pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd November It will be a collaboration between more than 20 venues in Oxford providing live music and dance performances, arts installations and free cultural activities for the communities of the city. This multi-venue arts festival will respond to the theme "See Your City in a Different Light."

More information can be found here.
Templars Square Friday 14th November To celebrate the return of our Grotto,  3pm - 6pm, we have arranged an afternoon of fun and entertainment. Come and listen to music from a 5 piece band and an accordion playing Muzakel Elf, meet the Penguin Family (not real ones!), have your face painted and walk away with a balloon model made just for you! And if all of that is not enough, watch Santa open the Grotto at 4pm and be dazzled by the switch on of the Christmas lights. An afternoon not to be missed!

Friday 5th December THE TV personality and former Atomic Kitten, Kerry Katona, will be turning on the Christmas lights at Thame’s Santa Convention. Kerry will be flipping the switch at approximately 7pm with the help of the winner of this year’s Santa Hunt.” (Spot all 24 Cool Santas around Thame and you could be in with a chance!  Before the the big switch-on, there’ll be lots of other activities, stalls and entertainment in the town centre from 3.30pm, and to really get in the ‘Santa Convention’ mood, everyone is encouraged to dress as a Santa character.

Sunday 7th December 12.00noon to 5.30pm. A War Time Christmas – our tribute to those who kept the ‘Home Fires Burning’.  A Charitable Fund Raiser for SSAFA. Wallingford sometime towards the end of the Second World War… the town is looking under siege. There are Pill Boxes along our stretch of the Thames; the sign posts and all the Victorian iron railings were removed long ago, the shop windows are tattooed with tape. There has not been an air raid but RAF Benson is only 3 miles away, Wallingford is prepared.
It’s the first Sunday in December and the town is gathering to Celebration Christmas, it’s a time for merry making!
Apart from the Army Vehicles the roads are clear, stalls are up in the Market Place, the bunting may be faded but the Union Jacks look good; the Home Guard Silver Band are tuning up. Ninety children have been practicing for their dance performance; they will become a river of poppies, one for every soldier from the locality lost in the First War. Good wholesome local fair is being prepared for the Street Party along with Spam fritters, the latest treat from American.
Young ladies are in their glad rags, having their hair coiffured in the latest Hollywood style. They’re looking forward to dancing the afternoon away to Glenn Mill tunes, listening to the choirs and singers and hoping a handsome serviceman might buy them a fancy cocktail from the mobile bar.
The Children, especially the evacuees, can’t wait to visit Father Christmas in his ‘Anderson Shelter’ and hoping for an extra ration of sweets, seeing the Nativity Play and trying the Code Breaking Trail. The Fancy Dress competition will be fun too, especially if there’s a good prize!
As darkness falls the Christmas Tree Lights will be switched on, no doubt there will be a sing-a-long and after the ‘ALL CLEAR’ siren, fireworks will light the sky. What Fun!!

Friday 5th December A Christmas festival held in and around Wantage Market Place. From 6pm until 9pm, the square in Wantage is full of all sorts of fantastic attractions and events. Its a real family event and is always great fun! Dressing Up! Don't forget to dress up in Victorian costume if you possibly can - makes it even more fun!

Saturday 6th December Watlington Town Christmas Fair, supported and organised by the Watlington Business Association. The Town Fair runs between 10am and 2pm in Watlington High Street, kicking off with the arrival of our jovial Father Christmas in his sleigh! The Fair includes attractions such as a magical Santa's grotto, a beautiful indoor craft fair at the Memorial Club, a delicious Food Fair, creative activities and street stalls, pony carriage rides, raffles, games, competitions and much, much more. Listen out for our Town Crier, our Concert Band and Carol Singers! Plus, make sure you take part in the Grand Prize Draw with its very impressive range of prizes!

Friday 5th December A small local event will be held to turn on the Christmas tree lights – no celebrities will attend this event, which is being organised by The Round Table.

Saturday 29th November The Night of a Thousand Candles. 6pm – 7pm. Free admission. Turn on of the town’s Christmas illuminations with music, candles, mulled wine, chestnuts etc