Oxford Festival of Light
The Christmas light festival kicks off the festive season in Oxford and runs over three days. It includes a range of unique festive and cultural events in and around some of the city’s most famous and beautiful buildings and backdrops.
This year our students climbed the saxon tower at St Michael's, one of the oldest buildings in Oxford, allowing them to view the glistening Christmas lights and lantern parade below. Afterwards they were treated to some festive mulled drinks and traditional British mince pies at the Bodleian café in the Weston library, part of the world-famous Bodleian library.
Oxford Christmas Market
The Oxford Christmas Market begins in early December and is based on the internationally renowned German Christmas markets. It is located on the historic Broad street and is made up of stalls selling handmade gifts, colourful decorations, both traditional and international cuisine, clothing and unique children's toys. With the sound of carols and the aroma of mulled wine and freshly baked mince pies in the air, the Oxford Christmas market is a truly magical event.
Christmas at Blenheim
Blenheim Palace is one of the largest country houses in England, located just outside Oxford. Built between 1705 and 1722, it was the birthplace of Winston Churchill. This Christmas, the magnificent palace and its exquisite gardens have been transformed into a winter wonderland. The after-dark festival trail is illuminated with magical lights, fires, fibre optic colour, sparkling hedgerows and Christmas trees.The historic palace is a perfect scenery for this magical outdoor Christmas event.
Santas on the run
This festive charity run has become an annual event in Oxford. People young and old dress up in Santa costumes and run 3.5km through Oxford to raise money for the Helen and Douglas hospice. The city centre is filled with hundreds of spectators and the atmosphere is electrifying. The run takes you through Oxford’s winding streets, around university parks, and past many university colleges.
Carols at Christ Church
Christ Church College is one of the most famous university buildings in Oxford and is located just a 5 minute walk from OISE Oxford. Every year, the college hosts a service on Christmas Eve and this year, our students will be attending it. The service includes a compilation of Christmas carols and bible readings, all in the impressive setting of Christ Church chapel, and is sure to be a memorable experience for our students.
Why not join us at OISE Oxford and not only improve your English but also experience the magic of christmas in the city of dreaming spires?