There are lots of awesome free and cheap family Christmas events and activities across Oxfordshire this year. There are also some VERY expensive ones too!! Eeeek. Anyway, here’s my Christmas what’s on guide for Oxfordshire. For guides in Bucks, Herts and Beds, as well as the latest festive reviews have a look at the Christmas page by clicking here. Make sure you check out the Facebook events page for lots more events all over the area.
Christmas events in Oxford
The “big” festive event at Christmas in Oxfordshire has to be Blenheim Palace. Their illuminated trail is VERY expensive though, and not included with your annual pass. It’s £54 for a family ticket for annual pass holders and £58 for a full price family ticket. Good news though; if you have an annual pass you can get FREE admission to Alice in the Palace, which is their indoor Christmas display. You have to pre-book and arrive before 16:00. Otherwise normal admission applies (£67.52 for a family ticket). You can buy a combined family ticket for £120! Bargain!??! Also, over Christmas there is a £10 parking charge for arrivals after 12:00.
Oxford Natural History Museum (reviewed here) are running lots of FREE, science based events during December. If you’re looking to avoid something specifically Christmas based then this is a really good shout.
From the 23rd November to the 23rd December there’s a find the reindeer trail at Waterperry Gardens, Oxford. It’s £2.50 per child and there’s a small prize at the end. On the 7th and 8th December there’s a Christmas market and on the 8th there’s the chance to meet the Reindeer as well.
Christmas events in Witney
Cogges Manor Farm are holding a Christmas market on the 7th and 8th December from 10-4. There will be stalls from local businesses, lots of treats to eat, music and a Santa’s grotto. Entry is £2 per adult, £1 per child. The Santa’s grotto must be pre-booked. It’s £6.50 per child and there will be a small gift and gingerbread decorating too. Read my full review of Cogges here.
Christmas events in Thame
Join the Santa steam train on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway on the 1st/7th/8th/14th/15th/21st/22nd and 23rd December. As you travel between the two stations there will be drinks, mince pies as well as a visit from the big man himself (including toy). £8 per child, £10 per adult. On the 14th December there will also be a special carol service on 19:00 service where children travel for just £1 each.
Thame’s lights switch on is on the 6th December from 16:00 – 19:30. There’s a train, grotto, gift market, performances, children’s rides and a parade. FREE entry.
The Thame Town Trail is running from the 12th November to 2nd December. Every child who takes part has the opportunity to turn on the Christmas lights this year. FREE forms are available from Thame Town Hall.
Thame Museum are having a Victorian Christmas this year. There will be a Santa’s grotto, Christmas decoration making and bell ringers on various dates over the festive period.
Christmas events in Banbury
It’s a 1930’s Christmas at Upton House (reviewed here) from the 29th November. There will also be a Christmas craft fair on the 20th November and 1st December. From the 7th December you’ll have chance to meet Santa , including Christmas paper crafts (£6 per child) (affiliate links)
Christmas events in Oxfordshire
How amazing does this sound? On Friday 13th there’s a family sky tour and meteorwatch at White Horse Hill (reviewed here). It’s just £6 per adult and £3.50 per child. Pre-booking essential. (Affiliate links)
Millets Farm (reviewed here) , nr Abingdon go all-out at Christmas as well. There’s Santa’s grotto at the garden centre, a craft fair, an ice rink, a vintage and retro fair and mini makes. Check out all the activities on their website.
Chastleton House, nr Moreton in Marsh is going to be open for three festive weekends in late November and December. Only a few rooms are open but they will be beautifully decorated including a massive tree in the Great Hall. (Affiliate links)
The River and Rowing Museum, Henley, are running a program of events inspired by the Snowman and the Snowdog from the 23rd November to the 19th January. There will be lots of family activities and on the 7th December there’s a Christmas creations workshop to make decorations inspired by the film (£8.50 per person)
I’ll be adding to this guide over the next few weeks so make sure you keep checking back to see the latest events.
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