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Christmas Lights & Events 2015 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 28th November 10:00 - Abingdon Christmas Extravaganza - is back with all day entertainment. Live acts on our main stage, donkeys, Punch & Judy, Pig roast, Bar, local charities & community groups, craft stalls & much more. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, walk around our town centre & see just how much Abingdon has to offer. The day will end with the grand switch on of our Christmas lights & a fantastic firework display.

Sunday 29th November One of the best switch on's in Oxfordshire - outside Banbury Town Hall. 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 3rd December Join us for this year’s Christmas Lights Event in Sheep Street and Pioneer Square! With hot chestnuts, teacup rides, a multitude of stalls and a special visit from Santa in his sleigh this event is one not to be missed. From 5pm there will be live performances on the main stage in Sheep Street and carols on the 2nd stage in Pioneer Square. The lights will be switched on by the Mayor of Bicester along with the winners of the Snowflake Treasure Hunt.

Monday 30th November The Christmas festivities start at 12 noon and culminate at 4.30pm with the switch on of the Christmas lights. There will be street entertainment with fire breathers, refreshments and Santa's grotto under the Tolsey. From 1 -3pm Burford SK8 Park Group and Friends of Burford Primary School will have a marquee outside the primary school offering a variety of fundraising activities and treats including laser finger lights, a sweetie tombola and fabulous Christmas puddings for sale.

Friday 27th November The Annual Switch On of Carterton's Christmas Lights will commence at 6.00 p.m. Prior to the switch-on, there will be a Lantern Procession from the Carterton Community College to the Market Square next to the Town Hall. Alvescot Road will hold its usual street fair with charity, craft and gift stalls, there will be a funfair for the children and entertainment will be provided by the Military Wives Choir.


Chipping Norton
Friday 20th November Christmas Evening Shopping,  Town Hall 7.30pm to 9.30pm. £3 per ticket includes glass of wine & mince pie.

Thursday 26th November Didcot Christmas Street Fair - 16:00

Didcot's Annual Christmas Street Fair takes place in the Broadway and Orchard Centre, Didcot. There will be local stalls, crafts, food, entertainment, funfair and a grand parade at 7pm. Father Christmas will be available to meet in the Methodist Hall.

Saturday 28th November 2.00pm to 5.00pm - Father Christmas & Thomas the Tank Engine will be joining the people of Faringdon to celebrate this popular annual event. This event is organised by the Faringdon Rotary Club. There will be lots of stalls to buy your Christmas Gifts, and fairground rides for the children. There will be carols sung by local children. The Christmas Lights will be turned on at 4.45pm by Father Christmas in the market Square.


20th November to 22nd November Three Day Christmas Market - Market Place

20/11/2015 to 22/11/2015 A festive treat is in store for shoppers in Henley -on- Thames when the Christmas market returns! A wide range of stalls selling handcrafted, artisan-made, unusual and exotic arts, crafts, clothing and jewellery alongside a great choice of food and drinks.

Tuesday 1st December Join us as we turn on Kidlington's Christmas Lights - the festive switch on will be at 7pm in the High Street. Entertainment and Christmas Stalls will also be present.

20th November to 22nd November We are delighted that the Christmas Light Festival is back this year with more exciting activities in store over the three days. This year sees the return of the much loved lantern parade on Friday evening, live music and dance in Gloucester Green, alongside a multitude of free events and activities across Oxford's best loved venues and spaces over the weekend reflecting the theme of 'Light and Energy'. Visit the Oxford's Christmas website for full details and information on road closures.
Templars Square Saturday 21st November Join us and jump right into the Christmas spirit! It’s going to be a whole day full of activities and festive fun including: Father Christmas’s arrival Santa’s Grotto opens Red Hot Santas getting you in the christmas mood with their music Balloontastic with their amazing balloon decorations and sculptures Templeton out and about causing some mischief Face painting Join us from 11am onwards, with the day ending with the switch on of the Christmas lights, by JackFM’s Caroline at 4pm!
Thame Friday 4th December Each year Thame Town Council organises the Christmas switch-on of the town's festive lights. The event takes place in the town centre and is attended by 2000-3000 residents and visitors. There is a fantastic line-up of entertainment from dance troupes to magic acts plus a surprise celebrity to switch on the lights.

Sunday 6th December Wallingford Christmas Festival - 12:00

Featuring live entertainment throughout the day, with Christmas activities and fun for all the family.

Friday 4th December Dickensian Evening. Details will be here.

Saturday 5th December 10.00am to 2.00pm. Father Christmas, as expected, will arrive at his Grotto on his sleigh, drawn by two well known and loved ponies, Jellybean & Charlie. Accompanied by the winners of the competition to ‘draw and decorate a Christmas tree’ front cover for the Watlington Times. The Scouts, Fire Cadets, Junior Football Club and Youth Club will be helping on the day and manning their stalls. It is a fantastic opportunity for many local organisations to raise funds. The Fair itself and, more particularly, the Prize Draw, raise funds to help pay towards the Christmas trees and lights in the town (which are not sponsored or paid for, as many may suppose, by the Parish Council). Profits from the fair are then donated to the Youth Groups within the town, last year totalling over £800 – so this is a real community effort.

Friday 27th November Come and join us and witness the Official 'Switch On' of the Town's Christmas Lights in Witney Marketplace. There will be LIVE Music along with Commercial and Charity Stalls, a funfair, BBQ and Mulled Wine. Everything for a great evening! The timetable is as follows:
5.30 pm: Stalls open
5.15pm – 5.45 pm: C7s Christmas Stars on the stage
5.45pm – 6.15pm: Wood Green School Jazz Band take the stage.
6.30 pm: Official switch on of the Town Lights by the Mayor of Witney
6.30 pm -7.00 pm Music on stage from Witney Town Band
7.00 pm - 7.30 pm A change of instruments as the Oxford Caledonian Pipe Band play us out in style
8.00 pm: event ends
The evening is organised jointly by The Rotary Club of Witney, Witney Lions Club and Witney Round Table.

Saturday 28th November A Night of a Thousand Candles - Woodstock Town Square 6.00pm – 7.00pm. Free admission. Turn on of the town’s Christmas illuminations with music, candles, mulled wine, chestnuts etc