Oxford’s Christmas Lights Festival

Christmas Lights Festival

Enjoy 3 days of entertainment around Oxford, including performances, markets and workshops.

The fun starts on Friday 25th November at 6.30pm with the Lantern Parade leaving Oxford Castle and making their way through the City Centre.


Illumaphonium is a dynamic and interactive installation created by Michael Davis (inventor and musician) and can be enjoyed on each day of the festival.

The music making sculpture is over 3 and a half metres in height and displays beautiful patterns of light along with sound, and you can take the opportunity to play this sculpture!

Bah Humbug! Old Fire Station

For £15 you can laugh your little socks off at some of the UK’s top comedians, at The Old Fire Station. Friday night from 7.30pm.


Weston Library – Broad Street

Get yourself to Weston Library’s Bodleian café between 5pm and 9pm on Friday and enjoy Mulled Cider and Mince Pies!


Fright Friday – Ashmolean Museum

Join the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) for a hair-raising late night opening of the museum to explore the art and science of hope & fear with the Being Human Festival. Dress up in your favourite costume and explore the deadly accidents of the Tudors, find out what sets your heart racing, discover apocalyptic performances, encounter weird phobias, and listen to hopeful choirs.

With haunting live performances of dance and music, creepy digital installations, film, cheerful workshops, interactive talks and spooktacular exhibits. FREE, but booking required.


On Saturday 26th November at the Story Museum, you will find a taste of Christmas with a sprinkling of REAL snow and Christmas crafting as well as tasters from the Christmas Show Three Bears.

This is a FREE event.

Saturday: 4pm & 5pm (Also on Friday evening at 5pm, 7pm and 8pm)


Shakespeare: Dead or Alive – Saturday and Sunday

Crossover Dance Project explores the turmoil and conflict alongside the mystery and magic in some of Shakespeare’s plays.

Presented by Cecilia McFarlane’s intergenerational dance project, this integrated cast of young people and adults captures the theme through the fusion of dance, theatre, music and spoken word.

Saturday at Oxford Castle Quarter: 6pm & 8pm

Sunday at Weston Library: 12.30pm, 2pm & 3.30pm



If that’s not enough Shakespeare for you, or you prefer a humorous twist, you will find street theatre comic sketches about Shakespeare’s plays on Saturday from 12pm.


12pm at Oxford Castle Quarter

2pm at Broad Street

3.30pm at Oxford Castle Quarter


Festive Market – Saturday and Sunday

Gifts plus seasonal food and drink from local artisan makers.

This is a FREE event.


Broad Street evolves into a feast for the eyes and the tongue as market stalls laden with festive goodies pops up for the weekend.

Get a gift for a friend, a treat for yourself and stock up ready for Christmas.

Saturday 10am – 8pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm


This is just a little taster of the entertainment that will be going on in Oxford this weekend, check out the full list of events here.