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Things to do in the city of dreaming spires/Christmas Markets

December 10, 2022

Things to do in the city of dreaming spires/Christmas Markets | Oxford at Christmas | Urban Illustration 




The festive season is fast approaching, and you might be wondering, where is the best city for your Christmas shopping? Well, a great and underrated shopping destination is Oxford! No, not Oxford street but the actual city of Oxford. It’s the ideal location for unique gifts from small businesses. In fact, Oxford has not only one Christmas market but two! With lovely stalls by small local businesses selling their Christmas goodies, there is something special for everyone. In this blog, we will provide you with all the things you need to know about Oxford’s sparkling Christmas markets.  





Christmas Markets  

Oxford Christmas Market  

Oxford is well known for its famous colleges such as the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. But what a lot of people don’t know is that it is home to great Christmas Markets and the Oxford Christmas Market is one of them. It is very traditional and cosy and is filled with Christmas spirit.  


Oxford Christmas Market


This year’s festivities will return with a bang from Saturday the 12th of November 2022 until Thursday the 22nd of December 2022. The Oxford Christmas Market will take place on Broad Street, in Oxford City Centre and will be open daily from 10 am to 6:30 pm except on Thursday – Saturday it will be open until 8 pm.  

As one of the best Christmas Markets in the country, the Oxford Christmas Market offers an unrivalled selection of festival events and attractions to keep winter visitors busy. The Christmas Markets are made up of wonderful stalls run by small local businesses including crafts, clothes, jewellery and toys and many more. 

 You can view all the stallholders here   

Moreover, there will be live performances by local bands and artists such as the Oxford Gospel Choir, Rock Choir and City of Oxford Silver Band. The full performance program can be viewed here  

The annual Christmas markets can be easily accessed via different forms of transpiration including bicycles, trains from the Oxford railway station, buses etc more details can be found on the website 



Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2022 


This year, the iconic Blenheim Palace Christmas market returns better than ever! Christmas Markets at a historic site? What else could you ask for? The Christmas markets will take place on 18 November 2022 and 2 January 2023.  


The Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Oxfordshire and is the birthplace of Winston Churchill. It is surrounded by walled picture-perfect gardens and a mystical maze! At this year’s Christmas markets, talented independent street food vendors offer mouth-watering Christmas treats, including delicious hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows. Furthermore, there will be stalls, organised by the ‘Living Crafts events’ which promote top handmade British arts and design through their shows and events across the South of England for nearly 50 years. They have been providing high-quality events and retail opportunities for small craft businesses from across the UK. This is the best place to find the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for your loved ones.  www.livingcrafts.co.uk    

This year Blenheim Palace’s spectacular State Rooms have been transformed into a fairy-tale fantasy focusing on the enchanting story of “ The Kingdom of the Snow Queen”. Walking through these rooms will be like walking through a real-life snow-fairy land. This is an absolute treat for both children and adults.  


Moreover, there will be an Illuminated festive trail hosted in the estate’s parkland and gardens. This includes diamond blue lights, glittering tunnels of light, and light-up mirrored classes. A truly spectacular experience that should not be missed.  



More information here 


Tickets and parking tickets can be purchased here





We hope this blog has convinced you to add Oxford to your list of Christmas destinations. The picturesque and historic city of Oxford has two festive Christmas markets to choose from for all the family to enjoy!  


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