Oxford Christmas Market Is Back!
Today marks the beginning of the 10th Oxford Christmas Market, a celebration of festivities in the heart of the city on Broad Street. The market was set up by Oxford resident Nicole Rahimi, who missed the sights and sounds of traditional german markets from her childhood, so decided to set up her own right here in Oxford!
I caught up with Nicole to find out what she has in store for this years market. >>
This year Nicole has handpicked 60 traders with a mix of awesome local indies and brilliant small businesses and artisans from further afield. After 10 years of organising the market, Nicole has built up a strong band of dedicated traders who return every year to support her festive dream and be part of the brilliant indie business it is today.
The market is known for its stunning Broad Street location these days, but the market started out in the Castle, to the west of the city centre. Now firmly at home in Broad Street, Nicole’s market has grown to 60 traders plus daily events such as visits from Father Christmas, fun fair rides and performances from local groups such as Oxford City Singers, Balliol Chapel Choir and Handy Voices, an Oxford based choir bringing music to deaf and hard of hearing people in a visual way. Check out days and times of performances.
Running the longest event in Oxford is no mean feat. Nicole starts the process in January, booking the space and starting the application process. Trader applications are submitted by May, and selected by June. Then from November the market prep begins in earnest, readying the stalls and making sure everything is ready to be delivered to the site on the Monday before the market so the traders can dress their stalls ready for the grand opening.
At the market this year you can find some of our local favourites, including La Eva, Oxford Candlemakers, Hofficraft, Colombia Coffee Roasters, Shany Jewellery, Crepes O Mania, and Linden Chocolate who make delicious low sugar chocolate.
Nicole wanted to create an Oxford tradition, inspired by her german roots, for local people to enjoy, and after 10 years of working incredibly hard, she has done just that. She says her favourite moments are watching the local performers and taking in the festive atmosphere with a cup of gluhwein.
The market runs from 5th to 21st December.
See you there!