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What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire

What’s on this Weekend in Oxfordshire

Just one weekend left until Christmas and if you’re looking for things to do  with the family in Oxfordshire, there’s loads happening this weekend and we’ve got all the best, not-to-be-missed bits right here for you.

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Santa at Marriotts Walk

21 – 23 December

Marriotts Walk Christmas

Santa will be visiting Marriotts Walk accompanied by his fantastic balloon modellers Clown and Pixie on the 21st 22nd and 23rd December 11am – 4pm.
For more details click here 

Santa’s Christmas Party a Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

21 December

Santa's Christmas Party

The show where every child receives a present from Santa!

Following last year’s sell-out performances, Honalee Media are delighted to present a brand new show this festive season…

Christmas is the busiest time of year at the North Pole when Father Christmas makes presents to deliver across the whole world… and when everyone gets ready for Santa’s Christmas Party!

But this year somebody has been up to mischief… Dotty the Elf’s decorations have gone missing, Dasher the Reindeer’s party games are broken, and what has happened to Pompom the Penguin’s Christmas music?

It looks as though somebody wants to stop Santa’s Christmas Party – and that someone is Jack Frost!

Help get Santa’s Christmas Party back on track in an adventure full of fun, festive songs and party games. Then meet Santa at his home in the North Pole, where every child will receive a special present from him, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever – HO-HO-HO!

Songs include festive favourites Jingle BellsRudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerHave Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasThe Twelve Days Of ChristmasWe Wish You A Merry Christmas and more!

Santa’s Christmas Party is a 45 minute, interactive family show, particularly suitable for 2 – 7 year olds, after which the adventure continues as each child gets the chance to receive a special present from Father Christmas in our popular meet, greet and treat!

Running time: 45 minutes

Santa’s Christmas Party is showing on Friday 21st December at 10:30am , 1:30pm and 3:30pm at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

To book tickets click here

Dick Whittington Panto at The Kenton Theatre

15 – 29 December

Dick Whittington Panto at The Kenton Theatre

Following the success of last year’s smash hit pantomime Robin Hood, Immersion Theatre are thrilled to be returning to the Kenton with an even bigger, more spectacular and fun-filled festive treat: Dick Whittington!

Packed with hilarious routines, heaps of audience interaction, spectacular sets and a host of chart-toppers, this high energy, exciting story about a young man seeking his fame and fortune among the bright lights of the big city promises to be the purrrr-fect Christmas treat for all the family!


Tickets £22, Child £16, Concessions £20, Family £69 (2 Adults & 2 Children)
(Prices include £1 theatre restoration Levy)
Running time 110 minutes (including interval)

We went to see Dick Whittington this week, read our review here

For more details click here


22 – 23 December


The Fat Controller supervises Rev.W.Awdry’s classic children’s favourite – Thomas the Tank Engine on his ‘Day Out With Thomas™’ visits.

At Christmas Thomas likes to take all his young friends to visit Father Christmas in his grotto.

A wide range of souvenirs is available in the ‘Thomas’ shop.

‘Day Out With Thomas’ and meet Father Christmas in 2018 will be on:

  • Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 December

Click here for more details


22 – 23 December 

Open Day at Chinnor railway

Santa’s Steam Specials at Chinnor Railway were enjoyed by thousands of happy families last year. Santa and his Elves will visit every family during the journey and they will provide quality presents for all fare-paying children and young people between the ages of 0-15 yrs. Everyone can also enjoy a spiced hot berry cordial and a delicious mince pie served at your seat . Your return journey from Chinnor to Thame Junction takes just under 50 minutes – which is probably just about the right journey length for younger children.

The steam special is running on 20, 22 & 23 December. To book your tickets for Chinnor Railway Santa Steam Specilal  click here


Peter Pan at North Wall Art Centre

1 December – 5 January 2019

Christmas Carol at North Wall

A shadow at the window, a sprinkling of fairy dust and then straight on till morning: the Darling children are off on an adventure. Can Peter Pan lead the Lost Boys to victory, or will Hook win Neverland?

This winter, pull up a chair for Creation Theatre’s eighth family Christmas show at The North Wall. From the creative team behind last year’s sell-out A Christmas Carol and 2016’s anarchic Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, this brand-new adaptation of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is packed full of songs, sword fights and awfully big adventures.

Recommended for ages 7+

To book Peter Pan click here

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas at The Oxford Playhouse

6 December – 5 January

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas

Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin…

Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left behind in the snow, Alby realises that Christmas isn’t going to happen unless the list is reunited with its owner. But it’s going to take one very brave penguin to save the day…

Alby the Pengiun Saves Christmas is an enchanting story full of music, puppetry and one very special penguin. The perfect festive treat for children aged 3 to 6 and their families.

Duration: 50mins with no interval

An Oxford Playhouse and Reading Rep production written and directed by Helen Eastman
From an original idea by Hannah Groombridge

Age guideline: 3 to 6

Location: Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK, OX1 2LW

Box Office: 01865 305 305

For more details click here

Alice & Bob’s Whopping Christmas Cracker Show: Pegasus

4 – 27 December 

Alice Bob’s Whopping Christmas Cracker Show

Alice & Bob’s Whopping Christmas Cracker Show/Party is a fun, fabulous cracker of a party of a show, and everyone’s invited!

You are a member of a family you didn’t know you had as Alice & Bob welcome you to the most entertaining, gladdening, crazy Christmas reunion in Oxford, complete with opening reception, live show and after party disco knees-up.

Everything that happens at a Christmas family party will happen at Pegasus: Christmas carol-oke, the world’s biggest game of charades, present-opening, wish-granting, turtle doves in the middle of their family argument, a massive flash mob wrapping-paper war and on stage a truly heartwarming story filled with music, melancholy, laughter and love.

Join Pegasus Theatre for the most fun anyone can possibly have for £14/£10.50 this Christmas – Alice & Bob’s Wopping Christmas Cracker Show/Party is a cracker.

For more details click here

The Pied Piper at Cornerstone, Didcot

8 – 30 December

Pied Piper at Cornerstone

Can you hear that strange music in the wind? The Pied Piper is calling…

An enchanting new musical about playing to your own tune.

Can you hear that strange music in the wind? The Piper’s calling. This Christmas a mysterious traveller from another time and place finds a town in trouble. But will the town accept this magical stranger? And does the perfect Christmas come at a cost? Join Cornerstone for an enchanting new musical about playing to your own tune. The world of The Pied Piper is vividly brought to life with new songs and music, performed live by actor musicians supported by a talented young ensemble from the local community.

We went to see The Pied Piper at the weekend read our review here

Prices: £15, Conc £13.50, Family Ticket £50

For more details click here

Stories with Santa at New Theatre Oxford

December 8 – December 24

Stories with Santa

Santa has heard lots of stories on his travels around the world as he delivers presents to all the good boys and girls every Christmas Eve. And this year, he wants to share them with the lucky children of Oxford.

Get yourself comfy in the New Theatre Oxford’s Piano Bar as Santa settles down to share some festive tales with you, as well as singing some fun Christmas songs. After the storytime, children can take part in a special personal meeting with the man himself and will receive a small gift. Stories With Santa is an interactive festive experience for children aged 2 – 8 and their families.

Please note: Max 2 adults per child ticket. Babies under 2 years old are welcome but will require a free lap ticket which can be booked via the Box Office.
The Piano Bar is located in the basement level and accessible via stairs only.

For more details click here

Peter Pan Panto at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

7 – 31 December


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and UK Productions have this week announced that this year’s traditional family panto will be Peter Pan!

Flying into Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for Christmas 2018 is the swashbuckling family adventure Peter Pan from Fri 7 – Mon 31 Dec.

Meet the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell, and get ready for a fun-filled show full of fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland, take on Captain Hook and prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter, and the hungriest of crocodiles!

Suitable for young tinks (and those who never want to grow up!) this festive extravaganza is on sale now, so hook your tickets today.

If you fancy something to eat while you’re there are a number of restaurants nearby or a cafe onsite.


Location: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange St, Aylesbury HP20 1UG

Dates: Fri 7 – Mon 31 December 2018

For more information and a full listing of dates, times and prices click here

Witney Wonderland 

30 November – 5 January

The first ever WITNEY WONDERLAND will be lighting up St Mary’s Church in Witney, Oxfordshire this Christmas.  Visitors will be treated to see a host of illuminated Christmas trees and magical decorations, arranged around the chapels of St Mary’s Church for the month-long Christmas Festival of music, arts and Christmas fun!

This brand new annual event is run by Joss Searchlight, a local children’s cancer charity who provide support to ill children and their families across the region working together with St Mary’s Parish events team.

St Mary’s and the Church Green is a hugely popular destination in Witney,celebrating its 775th anniversary,  it’s only befitting that a fun
filled, month of festivities should come to the town for such a joyous time of year! The glittering trees are being decorated in a variety of imaginative ways by businesses, charities and community groups. Head to Witney and see the amazing 12ft Gold sponsor trees from Oxford Products, Unipart, Noble Foods, Cottsway, Whites of Oxford and Burford Laundry.

During the festival, there will also be an  ‘I LOVE Witney’ photography exhibition and a public vote to name visitor’s favourite photo. This
free-to-enter festival is open to visitors from 9am to 5pm every day until Saturday January 5th. There are also a host of special events and
performances planned throughout the festival including; Pam Ayres, Big Bands, Swing Patrol, Military Wives Choir, Burford Orchestra and local music talent.

More announcements to follow Check the website for updates:

Living Advent Calendar in Henley

1 – 24 December

Henley Living Advent Calendar

The Henley Living Advent Calendar is based on an original idea from Stockholm and began here in 2011. One of the first events of it’s kind in the UK, and certainly the first locally, it runs every evening from 1 – 24 December. Like a children’s Advent Calendar, a different window or door is opened at 6:15pm promptly each evening and a 30 minute performance is given to the audience assembled. This can include songs, carols, music, poetry, book excerpts, notes from local history or folklore, sketches, dance etc, all with a Christmas or winter focus to them. Each Venue is matched, by the Organising Committee, with a local performer or group of performers and a collection is made, and Raffle tickets sold, every evening for selected local Charities.

It is a collaborative project between the Henley Living Advent Calendar Trust, the Henley Partnership & Henley Town Council, bringing together nearly 100 local businesses and organisations to provide entertainment on each of the twenty four days leading up to Christmas. In 2013 it won Awards with ‘Towns Alive!’ and been a national Finalist in the prestigious Association of Town Centre Management Awards for ‘Most Attractive Location’, and was also awarded a ‘Big Society’ award by David Cameron.

For more information click here

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Wycombe Swan

7 – 30 December

snow white panto 2018 wycombe swan bucks

This Christmas bring the kiddies to the fairest Panto in all the land Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at the Wycombe Swan, staring none other than Strictly Come Dancing legend Brendan Cole in his pantomime debut!

This year’s panto will be spectacularly bought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the wicked queen, and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

Suitable for all ages, running time is 2 hours 10 mins including an interval. Tickets from £14.50.

We went to see Snow White at the weekend, read our review here

For more information and to book tickets, click here.


15 & 16 December

Meet Santa Oxfordshire

Enjoy a truly special Christmas experience this year at Santa’s Grotto where a magical Winter Wonderland awaits! As well as meeting Santa, your child will receive a Christmas gift, personally given by Santa.

The Grotto is open daily from 19 November – 24 December

For more information click here


23 November – 6 January

Dick Whittington & his Cat panto Oxford

Following the huge success of Jack and the Beanstalk, join Oxford Playhouse for a pirate, pussycat and rat-packed panto party!

Dick Whittington’s heading to town to seek his fortune – he’s heard the streets are paved with gold. But when he gets there, it’s hard to see the gold beneath the grime and King Rat is out to get him!

And that’s just the start of his adventures. With his trusty cat in tow and pirate ships on the horizon, Dick’s going to need a little help from you if he’s going to win the day.

Book now for this fabulous festive treat – it’ll be a Whitting-tonne of fun!

Duration: 2 hours with interval

Age guideline: 5 to 105!

For more details click here


23 November – 1 January

Christmas at Blenheim

The Blenheim Palace winter trail will be brighter than ever before with lasers, projections, and thousands of pea-lights.

From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, the Formal Gardens will light up once again for a festive journey of exploration and wonder. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour, shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and glistening baubles, and catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves along the way.

Highlights include a new Field of Light, scented Fire Garden, Canopy of Light, and the mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees.

For more details about Christmas at Blenheim click here


23 November – 6 January

Cinderella Blenheim


Wander along colonnades and through historic rooms filled with hidden surprises, the sights and sounds conjure up much-loved fairy tale characters.

The Stepmother’s drawing room set for Afternoon Tea, the Ugly Sister’s room is bright and bold, scattered with clothes, books and shoes. Whilst Cinderella’s room is home to her delicate hand-made gown. Walk further into the crystal world of The Fairy Godmother, then along to the Prince’s charmingly grand room.

Midnight strikes, the clocks all chime, and as the story ends, hang your own wish upon the Wishing Tree in the romantically candlelit chapel.

For more details about  Cinderella – A festive fairy tale experience click here

Aladdin Panto at Chipping Norton Theatre

14 November – 13 January  2019

Aladdin Chipping Norton Panto

This Christmas, prepare for sunnier climes and a little adventure…   Far, far away in a mysterious land, Aladdin is about to embark on the greatest adventure of all time…

Calling all intrepid explorers! Grab your compass and hop aboard the bi-plane as the nation’s favourite traditional panto heads for Egypt.

With dancing mummies, disappearing pyramids and a deeply daft genie, expect a laughter-filled spectacular. This is Aladdin as you’ve never seen it before! When Aladdin meets Jasmine, both are sure their luck will change, but the wicked Abanazar has other plans.

Family friendly from start to finish, and packed with magical marvels and toe-tapping tunes, this is the Chippy Panto you’ve been wishing for.

We went to see this a few weeks ago, read our review here

For more details click here

Santa’s Grotto at Frosts Garden Centre, Millets Farm

17 November – 24 December   

Grotto at Millets

Everyone loves Christmas at Frosts especially our Santa’s Grotto! Well this year our fabulous Grotto returns with some exciting new changes for 2018…

– Individual family time with Santa!

– Pre-select your child’s gift, so that your visit is personalised!

– A brand new activity!

On arrival you will be greeted by Santa’s Head Elf and his Team of Elves who will get you in the festive mood with singing and dancing. Then it’s onto Mrs Christmas’ Kitchen where you will be able to decorate your very own gingerbread biscuit*. There will be fun and games with Santa’s Elves before you and your family will be lead through to see the big man himself! You will have individual family time with Santa and one of his Elves will capture the perfect fesitve photo.

Santa will have a gift for the whole family to enjoy as well as your pre-chosen gift for each child.

Located in Frosts Garden Centre – Our Grotto is located in the outside sales area, please follow the signs through the Garden Centre through to the back and along past the Ice Rink to the Grotto entrance.

For more details click here

Ice Skating at Millets Farm

17 November – 6 January

Ice skating at Millets

Indulge in some festive fun for all the family with Ice Skating on our REAL Ice Rink at Millets Farm. The Ice skating rink is fully undercover so can be enjoyed whatever the weather. Follow your skate with a trip to the fully enclosed, undercover Moose Lodge Ice Cafe where you will find an array of delicious festive treats!

The Ice Rink is back from Saturday 17th November 2018 and will be open until Thursday 6th January 2019.

Located in Frosts Garden Centre – the Ice Rink is located in our outside sales area-Please follow the directional signs through the centre

For more details about the ice rink click here


22 – 23 December 2018

Don’t miss Fairytale Farm’s Illuminated Evenings on Saturdays and Sundays from 13th October to 23rd December, and Monday 24th December.

The park will be open all day as normal, but when daylight fades the entire Enchanted Walk will become a magical wonderland of fairy lights, which will delight children and adults.

The Mermaid Garden, Giant’s Camera, The Extinct Band, Giant Party Poppers, and Light Fountains will be a blaze of colour and the Dancing Water Fountains will be illuminated.

The farm will stay open until one hour after daylight fades  every weekend. Plus they operate a reduced admissions price from 5pm (4pm from 28th October). The Beanstalk Cafe will be open throughout with a choice of hot and cold snacks.

For more details click here


22 – 23 December

Waddesdon Christmas Fair Market Buckinghamshire November December 2018

A week longer than ever before, the spectacular Waddesdon Christmas Fair at the front of the house is a fantastic Christmas shopping experience not to be missed. The fair runs from 10 November – 16 December 2018, Wednesday – Sunday only, 11.00am – 6.00pm.

The fair will be set against the backdrop of the floodlit North Front of the Manor with its 20ft Christmas trees and magical light and sound show. Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas with 86 hand-selected exhibitors all housed in charming wooden chalets. You can expect an exciting variety of high-quality, unique gifts, decorations, crafts and festive foods to delight you and your loved ones.

Waddesdon’s Christmas Carnival runs from 10 November 2018 – 2 January 2019 (Wed – Sun). From dusk the grounds will come to life with a magical music and light show on the front of the house, the stables and the aviary.

We visited the Waddesdon Christmas Carnival, read our review here

To find out more about this event, click here. Normal grounds admission applies.


Christmas in Oxfordshire 2018

Christmas 2018 in Buckinghamshire ideas for families whats on near me

Now we’re almost into December we’re officially allowed to say the C word, and we’ve been busily working away behind the scenes pulling together information on Christmas for families in Oxfordshire. We’ve got everything from pantomimes, to where to meet Santa, to the top gifts for children this year, and much more right here. Click here to check out our Christmas suggestions for 2018.


Child friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire

If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the kids this weekend we’ve got loads of suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Check out our handy guide, please click here.

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