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Oxford Christmas Light Festival, 17 – 19 November 2017

Oxford Christmas Light Festival, 17 – 19 November 2017

The Oxford Christmas Light Festival, when Oxford turns on it’s Christmas lights draws in local communities and visitors into Oxford’s city centre and is a highlight of Oxford’s cultural calendar. Last year the festival delivered 53 events to over 100,000 people in partnership with 25 cultural organisations and engaged with thousands of participants in festival projects and events.

Hotspots of activity are in Broad Street’s Christmas market, Gloucester Green’s live dance stage, magical installations in the Castle Quarter and this year will include the new Westgate Oxford into the mix as the lantern parade weaves through new spaces as well as historic ones.

Each year the festival explores a different theme and in 2017 the theme is ‘The World in Oxford’. Oxford’s diverse communities will be showcasing projects that explore identity and journeys to Oxford. The city’s international links are highlighted through light and sound installations as well as a special piece created by young people on their visits to Oxford’s twinned towns Leiden, Bonn, Grenoble, Perm and Leon.

There are lots of fun events for everyone, as well as a festive market and food stalls. The festival will be ablaze with lanterns, street artists, outdoor exhibitions, seasonal markets, music and dance.

Look out for light and sound installations in the Westgate Oxford and Oxford Castle Quarter along with performance stages in Broad Street and Gloucester Green. Interactive and digital projects encourage people to get involved, as well as the iconic lantern parade with our local young people.

There are dozens of free events and activities from the city’s cultural organisations open up the historical city centre, so that residents and visitors can enjoy an unparalleled experience of Oxford’s streets, open spaces and buildings old and new.


Oxford Christmas lights takes place between 17 – 19 November 2017

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For more Christmas light switch on events in Oxfordshire click here

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