Christmas in Oxford is a bustling and busy time of the year for the city. While Oxford’s undergraduate students have gone home for their vacation in early December, the rest of the city gears up for the festive season.

The symbolic start of the Christmas period is the turning on of the Oxford Christmas lights. There is usually a Christmas parade led by local school children who dress up and bring decorations, as demonstrated by Church Cowley Primary School’s efforts:

Church Cowley Primary School represent motor cycles

This year there were all sorts of activities put on in places like the famous Ashmolean Museum (which we’ll be visiting during the summer school). There was some great singing on show from local singing groups such as the student “A cappella” singers the Alternotives – check out their latest Christmas single below:

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Oxford if the enormous Christmas tree wasn’t erected on Broad Street:

christmas tree

Broad Street is one of Oxford’s most famous and oldest of streets, and often has a pop-up Christmas market.

Just off Broad Street is the Covered Market, a place where Oxford Scholastica students like to go during their lunchbreak. It’s a haven of independence, away from the chain stores of the city centre, where lots of little shops co-exist. The Covered Market is well known for its excellent food – from butchers to fishmongers to the cheese shop. You can see the turkeys for sale below!


On behalf of every at Oxford Scholastica, we hope you have had a great holiday.

Church Cowley photo by Damian Cugley.
Broad Street Christmas tree photo by Owen Massey McKnight.
Covered Market butchers photo by Johan van der Wijk.