Once Halloween and Bonfire night has passed, all the shops get decked out in their Christmas finery. Rather than get annoyed with the commercialisation, why not embrace the festive feeling and kick start the happy season by watching the Christmas lights being turned on. There are lots of events around Oxfordshire coinciding with this tradition. Here are a few to choose from.
Oxford Probably the biggest event in the county, Oxford's Christmas Light Night will cover a couple of dates. The lights will be turned on Thursday 22nd November. On the following night from 5pm to 10pm Oxford will come alive. A children's lantern procession involving 300 local kids will be a highlight. Using "Frozen Planet" for inspiration, lanterns will be created and the procession will commence from the Old Fire Station at 6:15pm. The event is free and also includes lots of entertainment from a Welsh Male Voice Choir to uplifting Gospel music.
Kicking off at 4:30pm on Thursday 29th November with carols, the lights will be illuminated at 7pm. Adding to the festive cheer will be lots of stalls on Sheep Street, snow machines and a visit from Santa Claus.
Witney Witney is set for their fun on Friday 30th November. Ice sculptures will be created during the day and then at 5:40pm see live music in the Market Square. Father Christmas is a busy man at this time of year but is planning to make an appearance with his real reindeer. Festive stilt walkers and roller skaters should add a great buzz to the atmosphere. If you're feeling hungry there will also be a pig roast to warm you up.
Kidlington As a resident I couldn't miss out Kidlington. I don't know details yet but the lights should be turned on Tuesday 27th November. If I find out more information I'll be sure to write a quick event article. If you subscribe you'll get an automatic update.
Light up your winter and enjoy the Christmas illuminations