10 Things To Do In Oxford: December 2022

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‘Tis the season to be jolly and with yuletide celebrations in full swing in Oxford it’s time to embrace the sparkle and enjoy a warming mulled cider.

Helping you to sleigh the festive season in Oxford and the surrounding county, with a line-up 10 things you might like to see you through this Merry time of year!

Here’s the Independent Oxford guide for what to do in Oxfordshire: December 2022


Indie Oxford Christmast Market Tap Social

Annual Indie Oxford Christmas Market This Saturday!

Join us at Tap Social’s awesome Botley Tap Room on Saturday 26th November from 11 am – 5 pm

Featuring a wonderfully varied handpicked collection of incredible indie stalls teeming with amazing gifts. Bring the family along to meet Father Christmas in House of Fun’s Santa’s Grotto, get festive with Bicycle Blooms’ first wreath making workshop of the season, PLUS win a truly awesome Christmas hamper in our Christmas outfit competition!

Come along and get into the festive spirit with seasonal drinks and street food, and a wonderful community buzz! It’s all happening folks, and we can’t wait!

Flos winter fair

Sing with Mother Christmas at Flo’s Winter Fayre

Kicking off the festive season with some delicious food, yuletide drink and festive fun.

Make divine Pizzas with the Pizza Midwife, enjoy tasty dishes from OCA Kitchen and grab your chance of being a winner of Big Flo’s jolly Raffle.

Jim Whitty Sarah Wiseman Gallery Oxford

‘Merry and Bright!’ Christmas at Sarah Wiseman Gallery

The walls will be singing with colour at this joyful exhibition.  Introducing works by the acclaimed artist Emily Powell; worldly, contemporary new works by Jim Whitty; striking flower-scapes by Anna Marrow and plenty more artists bringing brightly coloured, fabulous paintings and prints to brighten the festive season.

Annual Festive Exhibition 19 November – 4 January 2023

Full details here!

The Maker Space

It’s time to get crafty and make some festive delights at The Maker Space‘s Christmas workshops

We love handmade decorations and gifts, if you do to then head over to The Maker Space because they have a range of wonderful workshops happening throughout December. 

Decorate your home for the festive season with quilted stockings, folded star fabric baubles and a gorgeous traditional door wreath.  You could even transform your table on Christmas Day with a beautiful floral table centre and fabric crackers that can be used again and again!

Get your festive fun booked now!

Old Fire Station Oxford

If you are looking for some exciting treats this festive season, then look no further than the Old Fire Station

Keeping you entertained throughout the month with achingly funny comedy, chrimbo cinema, twinkling theatre and Christmas Cuban-style music.

Stollen Moments featuring burlesque with a festive twist, a Secret Santa movie where you only find out what you are watching once the projector starts, a hilariously disastrous Christmas Eve with 4 of Oxford’s greatest improv comedy minds, a heart-warming, relaxed and inclusive performance for all the family of Ugly Duckling and much, much more.

Check out the list of festive treats now!

Bishops court farm

An evening not to be missed at Bishops Court Farm

Bishops Court Farm have the perfect Christmas Fayre planned for the whole family to enjoy.

Mouth-watering, locally sourced delicious food and festive drinks, artisan gifts to start your Christmas shopping and a feast of traditional music delights.  Whilst the kids enjoy a magical Santa’s grotto, friendly reindeers and affectionate alpacas.

Friday 2nd Dec 17:00 – 22:00 Free entry!


Treehouse Festival of Music and Arts is bringing a Christmas Party full of great music, connection and good vibes to Tap Social

Treehouse favourites Jen Berkova and Büsh Fyre will be hitting the stage, then DJs keeping the party bouncing until late.  So, whether you fancy hitting the dancefloor or getting comfy on a sofa with a beer.  Come along enjoy the music and join a wonderfully inclusive community.

Super early bird tickets will also be available for next years festival!

Friday 2nd Dec 19:00

Bothy vineyard

Bothy Mini Christmas Market returns on Saturday 10th December

If you’re looking for unique treats and sustainable gifts from local artisans, Bothy Mini Christmas Market has got you covered.

With a special BBQ pop-up from @pitkitchencotswolds, offering a special festive edition of tasty dishes, washed down with a warming mulled cider.  Sustainable and colourful kids clothing from Ducky Zebra, Nature-inspired cards, gift wrap and homewares from Sarah Franklin Design, Earth Ale, Well Preserved and more.

Find out all you need to know here!


‘A pause for the festive season’ – Morning Retreat & Lunch

Join Sally Harris Mindfulness for a gentle retreat and delicious lunch to help you pause and consider how you want to approach the festive period this year.

A gentle morning of mindfulness and coaching activities in the peaceful surroundings of St Ethelwold’s House and gardens.  You’ll leave feeling calmer, centred and ready to face whatever the festive season brings.

Find out full details and book your ticket now!


The Great Brook Run

It’s great.  It’s in a brook.  It’s a run!

Looking for something to do between Christmas and New Years? This fun-run takes you across muddy fields and through a cold, wet brook.  Silliness is encouraged so turn up in your best fancy dress and help raise money for some fantastic charities.

Get involved: What? When? Where?


Indie Oxford Meet Up

Celebrate the power of community

Find out more about social impact networks in Oxfordshire and how they could benefit your enterprise at this Communities Panel Conversation and December Indie Oxford Meet Up.  Bringing together communities and networks to celebrate the power of collaboration and community support. Exploring collaboration opportunities, sharing ideas, and looking at ways of supporting each other.

Catch up with other Oxfordshire Indies at Flo’s – The Place in the Park, share your experiences and any exciting plans for 2023.

Fadia’s Feasts at Flo’s will be providing delicious Middle Eastern inspired nibbles alongside festive drinks.

Wednesday 7th Dec at 6pm.  Reserve your Free spot now!

Independent Oxford Event Old Fire Station

Marketing with a Mission Masterclass

Join Rosie Jacobs and Annabel Lee at the Old Fire Station to learn how to communicate impact to inspire and attract customers.

The 2nd of 5 Marketing Masterclasses, this is a chance to take a step by step journey through the process of defining your purpose, and creating content that supports your vision and mission.

Create a plan that will help you to show your impact, grow your business, and save you time.

Find out full details here!

Head to our events page to see what else is happening in the indie network.

Planning on attending one of these events? A great way to support your local indie’s is by sharing their content online and leaving reviews on Google and Facebook. Also, be sure to use #indieoxford.

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