Oxford may be famous for its academic institution, but this university town also boasts several attractions that lure tourists from around the world. It’s a great destination to visit any time of the year, but if you come here during the Christmas season, the town comes alive even more with fairs, concerts, and fun Christmas markets.
Here are the best Christmas markets to visit in Oxford.
- Didcot Festive Market
The Didcot Festive Market is one of those Christmas events in Oxford that locals are anticipating. Organised by Play2Give, a fundraising organisation in Oxfordshire, the event aims to raise support for several causes. The organisation was set up to change, transform, and save lives, focusing on children, health, and disability.
The Christmas Festive Market will be taking place at Market Place and the Orchard Centre in Didcot. There will be numerous stalls of food and drinks, handicrafts, gifts, and more. You can expect some entertainment, too, with the stage featuring local choirs and dance troupes, including Father Christmas, who will be flying in to be with the kids.
- Oxford Christmas Market
The Oxford Christmas Market is one of the most popular Christmas markets you should not miss when visiting Oxford in winter. It will be set up in the charming and historic Broad Street, right in the city centre. As you browse through the long line of stalls, you can listen to the choirs singing Christmas carols and local traders peddling handmade gift items. Marvel at the colourful decorations brightening the wooden booths and enjoy the aroma of cinnamon and mulled wine drifting into the air.
While in Oxford, don’t miss the chance to explore the local attractions. Wander around the historic city centre and admire the 14th-century Carfax Tower. The other attractions to check out in the area are Pembroke College, St. Aldate’s Church, and the Town Hall. For a more enjoyable way of exploring the city, book an Oxford canal boat holiday. It’s a fun way to explore the scenic views by the canal as you visit the festive Christmas markets. The canal boat tour will take you to some pretty villages, including Banbury, a market town sitting by the lovely River Cherwell.
- Holly Jolly Christmas Fair
The Holly Jolly Christmas Fair is a fundraising event that aims to raise funds for some schools and the building repair fund of the St Lawrence Church. This annual event gathers local artisans and producers to display a wide selection of handmade gift items and Christmas goodies. There will be something for all ages and budgets, with some stalls accepting card and cash payments.
Entry to the Holly Jolly Christmas Fair is free and will be taking place from 10 AM to 2 PM at St Peter & St Paul Church Hall in Botley. Botley is a small village within the civil parish of North Hinksey, just west of Oxford city. It sits by the Seacourt Stream, a stream that runs off to the river Thames.