Christmas Countdown Oxfordshire


Christmas Countdown Oxfordshire

If you’re like us then you’ve already noticed the tinsel finding its way into shop windows and you’ve already thought about checking your Christmas card list ready for an orgy of card signing, message writing.

Even with all the effort and  hard work, budgeting and saving, Christmas is a great time and we’re here to help you and your family make the most of it all. No, we won’t be decorating your Christmas tree, wrapping presents, or peeling the spuds – that’s down to you, but the team at Oxfordlocals  got together to create a whole load of ideas for Christmas shopping, where to go for some Yuletide cheer and a few places to make a festive season stay in Oxford marvellously memorable.

No matter what happens, with all our good intentions it always seems that many of us leave the Christmas shopping to the last minute but after checking out our suggestions there’s simply no way to use the excuse that you didn’t have any idea what to buy or where to find it! Shopping in Oxford can be a wonderful experience, catering to all tastes and Oxford is waiting for you to help you create the perfect Christmas stocking!

Christmas Shopping in Oxford City Centre

When it comes to the Oxford Christmas shopping experience is, yet again, the Oxford Christmas Market. Running from 7th to 22th December  2018 on historic Broad Street. Nearly 60 stalls filled with Christmas gift ideas, decorations, goodies to eat and drink – if the shopping was all that’d be a marvellous festive shopping experience.

Here’s our top picks from the multitude of stalls selling high quality goodies of all types:

Check out  the potted game company from the Cotsworld Hills Camp Farm The Camp Near Bisley Gloucestershire , as well as their market stall. Taste their award-winning products. Moonlighting offers great gift ideas, this company produces handcrafted bottle lights which are amazing.

If you are into chocolate which most people are, then why not try some of the gifts of offer from delicious German treats and much more.

The Potted Game Company

Award winning, Wild Game pate from the Cotswold Hills. Jemima and Rory have been making this deliciously old fashioned pate since 2011. The perfect treat for Christmas. As seen on the Hairy Bikers.


​A gift of Light! Beautiful, individually handcrafted bottle lights. A unique piece of lighted art creating a warm, cosy, ambient glow! – a special gift from Shropshire, UK.

Chuckling Cheese Co.

8 brightly coloured cheddar cheese truckles, Nibble Nose Blue cheese, homemade chutney – all made by ourselves in Lincolnshire.

Picture This

Beautiful jewellery and works of art, and especially for Christmas a number of festive items – such as decorative holly wreaths and candle decorations.

A Chocolate Kiss

Delicious German treats… A fluffy, creamy mallow on a waffle base and covered with chocolate. Over 12 flavours to choose from.

Time to Eat and Drink

Gone are the days of a few old-fashioned restaurants and the kebab shops aimed at students being the only eating choices and places  in Oxford. These days there’s a wide range for all tastes to cater for all budgets. The team has been looking, in particular, at places that are offering something a little different for the Christmas festive season.

A year-round favourite is the Cherwell Boathouse . Yes, a real boathouse where students and tourists can hire punts for waterborne picnics on the river Cherwell, but it is also a great restaurant. In the winter the dining room’s focus moves from the terrace into the boathouse itself. The Boathouse is open 7 days and can be found by the river at Bardwell Road. This is a great location for your Christmas party able to serve up to 75 partygoers at once with a special Christmas menu.

Something of a change for the next suggestion! I love a buffet and, at this time of the year, having a buffet with a Christmas theme is just too good to miss. I hope the editorial team will find an evening to spend at the Cosmo World Buffet restaurant at 8 Magdalen Street in the centre of town. Tuck into all the usual world kitchen dishes that are normally on offer or enjoy the Christmas menu additions available from the 27th November until 31st December. As much turkey, cauliflower, roasties and sprouts as you can handle!

And Now Where to Stay While Making Merry?

There’s no shortage of places to stay in Oxford ranging from a castle to student rooms but in this section, we are casting an eye over places to stay where the festive season is, well, festive!

Starting with the Macdonald Randolph Hotel situated right in the heart of Oxford on Beaumont Street the Macdonald Randolph kicks off the festive season.

There’s a 3-course dinner preceded by sparkling wine to set the mood and after the dinner there’s a DJ until midnight. Of course, there’s a special rate for those wishing to combine the party with an overnight stay.

Over the Christmas holiday the hotel is running a traditional Christmas break for three nights celebrating the best of Christmas without any of the hard work – there’s even a trip to the panto!

Next up is the Oxford Witney Hotel , just outside Oxford in a lovely green location on Ducklington Lane, Witney. Among the special Christmas themed events here is one that’ll please the youngsters in the family: Sunday Carvery Lunch with Santa! Now even the most sceptical of children will be able to meet Santa for real and be convinced play along with the magic of Santa for just one more year.

There’s a full carvery lunch for all the family and Santa will have a gift for all the kids under 12. You can combine your generous lunch with a relaxing overnight stay at a special price. There’s a full package of Christmas and New Year events with more information here.

How about a refined Christmas weekend in style? Christmas at the Parsonage? Old Parsonage Hotel dates back to the 17th century and is a luxury country house that now finds itself close to the centre of modern Oxford.

The hotel is at 103 Banbury Road in Oxford and well situated for the city centre, shopping, Oxford’s Christmas lights and St Giles’ church for services and carols. Your Christmas weekend stay at the Old parsonage starts with a welcome bottle of champagne to enjoy next to the roaring open fire, or in your own room.

There’s a traditional Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings you expect and a few that you probably didn’t. On Boxing Day, a guide will take you on a themed tour of Oxford in winter. Christmas here is a great way to enjoy a luxurious Christmas that’ll set the end to a great year and get you ready for the next year with batteries fully charged!

Lastly, a slightly different option for staying in Oxford, one where you get to make all your own fun in complete privacy and where you come and go as you please. OK, you must do the planning yourself, there’s no hotel fairies to make everything happen by magic; but many people prefer the flexibility and privacy that comes from renting a house or apartment for a few days.


Short Let Space has houses and apartments in and around Oxford available over the entire festive season. Stay for as few, or as many, nights as you wish.

Many of the locations are pet friendly and have easy parking. If you fancy a few nights in the historic suburb of Jericho in the heart of Oxford, then you can. If Saint Clements rings your bell then that’s an option too, with Short Let Space.
Wrap Up Well!


Oxford has so much to offer visitors at any time of the year, but Christmas is a little bit special. We have touched the surface of what is on offer for visitors (and locals) in Oxford. Hopefully three’s an idea or two to spark off some plans for a very special Christmas in the City of Dreaming Spires.

If you have any additional suggestions, ideas or comments please let us know my sharing in the comments section below.
While it might be a little early right now let’s take a moment to wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



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