German goodness in quintessential England - the Oxford Christmas market is a small but fun way to mark Christmas with some great stalls, great food, and a lovely festive atmosphere.
Broad Street is just what it sounds like, a really broad area, pedestrianised and therefore perfect for partitioning off for fun events. With some clear 'Cyclist Dismount' signs being carefully policed, it's a little haven of continental charm offering a showcase of many great Oxford businesses, wrapped up with a Christmas theme.
Macarons, plush slippers, scented candles, original artworks and much more is available at this small but well thought-through Christmas market. There's liquorice like you might remember it from your childhood, cakes and sweets, alongside crafts imported from Nepal, or alpaca wool products vying for your attention next to soaps. The variety is wonderful, and great for browsing as well as if you really are looking for that final present.
If you want to get Christmas decorations, there are loads of glorious stalls to wander round. One stall is even selling items made by Christians in Jerusalem, as a project to support those at risk for their faith.
Jewellery hunters will not be disappointed, as a number of stalls are there with exquisite handmade things. For gift hunters, it's an ideal compact place to find that unusual but beautiful something to add some sparkle to a Christmas outfit.
If you just want somewhere to relax for the evening, the market is also acting as a social venue. There are cabins selling mulled wine and other such winter warmers. They even have one cabin for the 'Not-dog', a meat free hot dog, which smells amazing throughout the street.