It’s that time of year again and we can’t quite believe it! We think this Christmas is going to feel extra special now that we can be out and about again! So, we’ve put together this bumper Christmas guide with everything you need to know about what’s going on across Oxford this festive season.
Looking for somewhere for your Christmas do? Scroll on down! Want to know what festive fun is going on in Oxford in the lead-up to Christmas? You’re in the right place! Not sure what gift to get for that person who has everything? We’ve got some great gift ideas for you.
Need somewhere for your Christmas party? Look no further
Dodo Pubs (various locations across Oxford)
Dodo Pubs loves a party and after the year we’ve all had, Christmas is the perfect excuse!
Join them at one of their Oxford pubs to experience Christmas vibes in full swing this festive season – the halls will be decked, the pizza ovens heated up, and sprouts on pizzas will be making an appearance once again. Yes, that’s right. Sprouts. On. Pizza. DELISH!?
For groups bigger than 8 people they ask for pre-booking, including a small deposit via their website. For all other group sizes, you can use the pub as you usually would by either booking on the website up to 24 hours before, or just by popping into your local.
Oh, don’t forget to try the famous Christmas specials… Eat Yer Sprouts pizza and The Cheesemas burger (vegan options available) are BACK this year!
Merry Christmas folks!
The Folly are open across Christmas, so if you don’t fancy cooking, why not book a table there! They’re open for Christmas Eve as usual, but we recommend you book here, if you are interested.
Christmas Day opening is for Lunch only, but they have a fab 5-course set menu £100pp, which you will have to book in advance.
A 7-course tasting menu, at £120pp, is on offer for NYE Dinner (menu to be available soon, they are not taking bookings yet, but the waitlist is available on email@example.com)
If you are looking for a Christmas Party venue, you can book for groups of 6 and over, in the restaurant itself or onboard their boat Serafina (used as a still venue across winter months). Email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gift Vouchers for The Folly make a great Christmas prezzie for the foodie in your life! They’re available from their website.
The White Hart, Fyfield
We all deserve a treat this Christmas, so book your space at the award-winning White Hart at Fyfield for a foodie experience to remember.
Their talented chef team have designed a special Festive Menu for you to enjoy throughout December, but spaces are filling fast so book soon!
They have a number of private rooms available, including the Minstrel’s gallery and their impressive Orangery for larger groups. Christmas Day is fully booked but they are taking bookings for 2022!
From mulled wine and luxury wreath making to New Year’s Eve celebrations, the White Hart is the place to be this festive season. Take a look at their Christmas Page for the full low down.
Support local this year with a White Hart Christmas gift. From personalised monetary gift vouchers to foodie gift experiences and signed cookbooks, you can order online, and they are posted to your door.
Festive events across Oxford
Oxford Christmas Market
The Broad Street Oxford Christmas Market is back again from the 9th- 19th December. The market will be full of festive stalls selling handmade gifts, mulled wine and sweet treats. There’ll be carol singers and maybe even Santa?!
Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AS
Victorian Christmas Market
Another Christmas market in Oxford – we really are being spoilt! From 19th to the 21st December there will be a Victorian themed Christmas market taking place. ‘Expect yuletide stalls fully stocked and decked out in traditional style, and all traders wearing Victorian dress. Stalls will fill the heart of Oxford City centre presenting a Victorian market with all the colours, sights, sounds and irresistible aromas of Christmases past and present.’
Broad Street & Gloucester Green, Oxford, OX1 3AS
The perfect foodie gifts
Ogglio olive oil
Early in November, Ogglio met the target for their Kickstarter campaign. This amazing news means you can get your hands on it in time for Christmas! Their olives are hand‑picked in Nocellara del Belice, early in the harvest season and milled to a strict standard on the very same day. The trees are still tended to using traditional methods: organically, without the use of pesticide or artificial irrigation systems.
Buy on their website and receive delivery of extra virgin olive oil directly to your door in time for Christmas, anywhere in the UK.
Gift hampers from Fairtrade at St Michaels
Fairtrade at St Michaels has an exciting range of Christmas hamper boxes & baskets available to buy online and in their shop. Customers are welcome to create their own bespoke Christmas hampers by visiting or telephoning the shop during our opening hours and selecting from our wide range of products. For more information, please head to www.fairtradeatstmichaels.co.uk/christmas-hampers/
Natural Bread Oxford
The Natural Bread Oxford Christmas range of handmade, artisan baked products, including customer favourite mince pies, wrapped stollen, gingerbread Santas and their special edition macadamia & cranberry Christmas sourdough is now available. They are baking & delivering fresh every day through to Christmas and their full range, including delicious sourdough and pastries, is available to order and buy from stockists in the city, across the county and direct from The Natural Bread Oxford at the East Oxford and South Oxford weekend markets.
Yellow Submarine Charity sweet treat gift boxes
Yellow Submarine Charity are selling some extremely yummy looking baked goods this year which would make gorgeous gifts for a sweet-toothed pal.
Mince Pie box: Six carefully hand-crafted mince pies, all butter pastry, vegetarian homemade mince meat. Each box contains 3 classic star-topped mince pies, and 3 topped with delicious almond frangipane. We’ve been told…they’re amazing.
Christmas Cookies: Crunchy on the outside, slightly chewy in the middle, and generously filled with big chunks of white chocolate and Christmas flavours : plump cranberries, lemon & orange peel, cinnamon and ginger! 5 cookies per box.
Browse what else is on offer and order yours here: yellowsubmarineshop.org/cakes
Babylon Trading tableware
This year, Babylon Trading are stocking an extended range of their popular Decal Enamelled products. The manufacturer specialises in working with mango wood and applying Decal designs to the wooden products in a range of nautical themed designs, in shades of blue on white that have been applied to the interior of bowls & salad servers. The mango wood is sourced from sustainable production, where stock is constantly replaced. Mango trees cease bearing fruit after 15 to 20 years, at which point they are felled and sold to timber merchants.
Babylon Trading also have their new Festive textile range available, designed in Devon & UK made. The range of Winter Night Fox & Hare includes table runners, napkins, placemats, coasters & tea towels.
You can browse the full range and shop these gorgeous pieces here: www.babylontrading.co.uk
Gravy & Custard
For the second year Gravy and Custard are delighted to be offering prepared Christmas Day Lunch Boxes and Festive Celebration Meal Boxes. By ordering with them, you can ensure a magical treat for yourself and your loved ones; let them unburden you from the hassle with delicious handmade food from an independent family business, fully prepared and delivered to your front door (with a lot less washing up)!
Little Ox Brewery
Little Ox have all your Christmas beer needs covered whether it’s a four can gift cube, a trio of awesome barrel aged beers or a 12 can fridge pack, you’ll find them all on the web shop at littleoxbrewery.co.uk.
They offer free home delivery to most Oxfordshire postcodes or you can drop in to their beer grotto in Freeland near Witney, and choose your tipple from over 12 different brews. The shop is open from 9 – 5.30 weekdays, and 12-2 on Saturdays. All their beer has the bonus of being gluten free and vegan.
There are also some great boozy experiences across Oxford that we’ve scouted out for you:
Oxford Artisan Distillery offer tours and tastings of their lovely distillery (gin AND whisky!)
The Oxford Wine Company have tasting evenings, wine courses and lots more available to book. Perfect for wine lovers!
The Alchemist offer cocktail-making classes that would be a great gift for the cocktail enthusiast in your life!
For the coffee lover, what better gift than a subscription to some great coffee?! We’ve popped our faves below!
Cooking at Home?
Aldens have been proudly serving the people of Oxfordshire, with quality meat and fresh produce at Christmas for 228 years. Order now to have your Christmas order delivered, contact free, straight to your door, or pop in and see them at their Osney Mead stores.
Whether you’re looking for a Free Range Turkey, award winning 28 Day aged British Beef, beautiful Smoked Salmon, or Christmas Hampers, let Aldens help you make this Christmas one worth celebrating.
Aldens Meatmaster – Industrial Estate, 2 Osney Mead, Centremead OX2 0ES
Aldens Fishmarket – 7 Ferry Mills, Osney Mead, Oxford OX2 0ES
Let us know in the comments if you try any of these out or have any other recommendations for our fellow Bitten readers!