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Christmas Lights switch on 2013 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 Lights switched on Events

Saturday 30th November Extravaganza at the Market Square. After the parade there will be entertainments going on in the Market Place and in various parts of the town all afternoon. Punch and Judy returns to Bath Street again as well as the popular reindeer. The baby animals will be back in Bridge Street.
Banbury Sunday 24th November Emmerdale character Marlon Dingle will switch on Banbury’s Christmas Lights this year. Actor Mark Charnock, who plays the soap stalwart, will be in town on Sunday November 24 to press the switch-on button, meet fans of the programme and sign autographs. The switch-on will be the finale of an afternoon of stage entertainment featuring local musicians and a Robbie Williams tribute act – all hosted by Radio Horton’s Stewart Green and Banbury Sound’s Kirsty Leahy. The stage acts will be Under The Covers, Two For One, Jodie Brooker, Jake ‘Ozzie’ Ostler, J.E.E.P, and the Robbie Williams Tribute Band who appeared on last year’s lights show and are back by popular demand.

Thursday 28th November In Sheep Street.  Lights on at 7:00pm.  Fun and festivity from 4:30pm with Street Stalls, School Choirs, Father Christmas and Live Entertainment.
Burford Sunday 1st December Burford For Christmas - Stalls & Activities for Children plus Father Christmas under The Tolsey with the lights 'switch-on' at 4.30pm.

Friday 29th November The annual Christmas Lights Switch-on and Street Fair is taking place this year in Alvescot Road. The lights will be switched on at 6.00pm, prior to which the Winter Lights Procession will depart from the Community College at 5.30pm and make their way to the Town Hall. There will be lots of charity stalls, refreshments, a funfair and other performers. Contact 01993 842156 for a stall application form or further details.

Friday 13th  December Charlbury Late Night Christmas Shopping - 6-8pm, all welcome, come and join the fun.

Chipping Norton
Saturday 7th  December The lights will be going up on December 2nd, then on Saturday 7th, the Christmas Shopping Festival will run from 9.00am until 6.00pm and will include a choir and a lantern parade through the town. All of our retailers will be entering into the festive spirit, decorating their windows and offering Christmas refreshments and our town hall will be given over to artisan food and craft stalls for the entire day. We will have outside catering such as a roast chestnut seller and for the younger audience there will be fairground rides.

 Thursday 28th November Celebrating the last 20 years. 4.00pm - 9.00pm in the Broadway and the Orchard Centre. Grand Parade at 7.00pm.
Eynsham Tuesday 3rd  December The lights go up in Eynsham Market Square on Tuesday 3 December. Meantime, a score of local groups and businesses are gearing up to celebrate the season - often with a charity in mind. Eynsham Online is being updated as details come in, with slideshows for this and earlier years and a special gallery for the Christmas Lights - please visit our web page ‘Preparing for Christmas’ at

Saturday 30th November Christmas Festival in the Market Place, 2pm. Fair, craft stalls, street performers, carols, snow, Christmas lights.




Friday 6th December With streets closed to traffic from 4pm there will be food, drink, entertainment rides and a variety of market stalls, also retail stores will be extending their opening hours. Be sure to watch out for Aladdin's Lamp happening somewhere during the evening. Also look out for the Living Advent Calendar happening in Friday Street above Boutique 96 at 6.15pm. 5pm Children's Illuminated Procession through the town. 5.30 - 9pm Santa's Grotto will be open at the Kings Arms Barn and the Chocolate Theatre Company will be serving hot chocolate in the courtyard to families. 7pm The Mayor with the winner of the Mayor's Christmas Card contest turn on the Christmas Tree Lights. 7.10pm Carol Singing in Market Square accompanied by The Marlow Town Band and the local Invesco Perpetual Choir. The festival will feature an illuminated parade through a joint initiative with the River and Rowing Museum and is supported by Hotel du Vin. There will be diversions in place from 4pm when Market Square, Duke St, Hart St, Bell St and Friday St are closed to traffic. Roads reopen at 9.30pm.

Tuesday 26th November  
Oxford Friday 22nd November to Sunday 24th November Over 35,000 people will enjoy the famous lantern parade and late night themed opening at museums and arts centres for Christmas Light Night on Friday, followed by Saturday night's music and dance events and a day of song on Sunday.

Templars Square  

Friday 6th December Christmas Lights & Dickensian Christmas.
Wallingford Sunday 1st December 2 Live Stages with lots of entertainment throughout the day. Even more shops and local businesses will be open throughout the day for Christmas shopping than ever before! Free Childrens Facepainting and other fun filled family activities. Lots of Fun and Christmas activities for all the family! Market stalls throughout the market place filled with Christmas treats.

Friday 6th December On Dickensian Evening the market square in Wantage will be full of all sorts of fantastic attractions and events - it is our biggest annual event. Don't forget to dress up in Victorian costume if you possibly can! There will be a Victorian Fun Fair, Punch and Judy shows, Icknield Way Morris Men, handbell ringers, circle dancers, and Christmas carols ringing out across the town. Santa also might make an appearance.

Saturday 7th December Christmas fair in the high street.





There is no single switch on event. On 22nd 23rd and 24th December the Town Council has organised a ‘Leapfrog Market’ of specialist stalls in Witney’s Market Square for all those last minute shopping needs. This 3 day event brings you a mix of local and specialist stalls and the opportunity for some great last minute shopping. Stalls include specialty culinary gifts, Crafts, clothing, accessories and some truly original gift ideas for all the family. Come along and see what’s on offer.
Woodstock Saturday 30th November A night of 1000 candles, and, of course, the Christmas lights switch-on.