Oxford Christmas Market successfully blends old and new, traditional and contemporary. Authentic mulled wine and German bratwurst can be enjoyed alongside handcrafted gin and hot chips. Oxford might not be the largest of Christmas markets, but the incredible setting makes it worth visiting.
Please Note: The organiser has determined that the Oxford Christmas Market 2023 and subsequent events will no longer take place, resulting in their permanent cancellation. Further information is below.
Located on historic Broad Street, there’s plenty to see and experience in the area. Explore the city’s sights during the day and visit the Christmas market in time for an evening drink. Alternatively, visit earlier in the day to listen to brass bands and gospel choirs.
Oxford Christmas Market 2023
The Christmas market in Oxford highlights local producers and shop owners. Take the opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family while taking in the entertainment and great food.
In July 2023, the Oxford Christmas Market was cancelled indefinitely, with the organiser citing safety concerns. I will update this listing if the situation changes.
If you’re in Oxford and would still like to visit the Christmas markets this year, I recommend heading to either Nottingham Christmas Market or Bath Christmas Market, two of the most popular Christmas destinations in the UK.
For more ideas on where to go in 2023, read my Christmas markets UK guide. Discover where to go, things to do and the best ways to experience classic British food, history and culture.
Dates and Location
Oxford Christmas Market dates:
1st to 18th December 2023.Permanently cancelled.
Opening times: 10am to 6:30pm (closes at 8pm on Thursadys, Fridays and Saturdays).
Location: Broad Street.
Recommended tour: Oxford University and City Walking Tour – Great for first-time visitors.
Reason to visit: Stunning historical location and opportunity to support local makers and food producers.
Specialities: Cherry Tree chutneys, Freda’s peanut butter, artisan chocolate brownies.
Where to stay: Malmaison is a unique boutique hotel, less than minutes from the Christmas market.
Hotels near Oxford Christmas Market
Oxford city centre is a great walking city. It’s easy to get around and see the sights on foot. If you find walking challenging, there is an excellent bus service to take you where you want to go.
There isn’t one best area to stay in Oxford; it depends on what you plan on doing there. If you want to be near the Christmas market on Broad Street yet still central, I recommend staying at the Malmaison. A unique hotel that is an experience in itself.
Location of Oxford Christmas Market
Visit Britain is a useful resource if this is your first time in Oxford. They provide an overview of all the highlights and family-friendly activities. For more detailed information, you might find Oxford City to be helpful.
Sustainable Travel Tips
The choices we make have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. Try to implement these responsible travel measures when visiting the Christmas markets.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
Oxford Christmas Market 2023 and future events are permanently cancelled.
The Christmas market in Oxford previously took place on Broad Street in Oxford City Centre.
The Christmas market opens at 10am daily.
The Christmas market closes at 6:30pm, except on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 8pm.
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