When: 22nd – 24th November 2013
What is it?
A Christmas Light Festival weekend will be taking place in Oxford from 22nd to 24th November. To kick-start this family friendly festival of arts, culture and Christmas, a themed lantern parade with over 35,000 people taking part will light up Oxford in spectacular style.
The event will celebrate 100 years of Oxford’s cultural and industrial heritage along with marking the 50th anniversary of C.S Lewis’ death. The theme for the lantern parade will reflect both of these anniversaries.
Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the annual Christmas Light Festival weekend will see St. Giles transform into a festive market and Victorian fairground, complete with a live stage to host Oxford’s cultural talent through music and dance.
Oxford’s outstanding array of museums, art centres and galleries will open their doors over the weekend for themed events and activities to give visitors a real taste of the rich heritage and culture on offer in the city. More than 28 cultural organisations are involved in the festival this year, including the Ashmolean, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford Playhouse, the Museum of Oxford and Gallery, Pegasus, North Wall Arts Centre and the Pitt Rivers Museum.
From 4pm on Friday 22nd November, Oxford will light up with the incredible, themed lantern parade. Illuminating their way through the city, with inspirational themes of Morris’ Marvellous Machines and CS Lewis’ Characterful Creations, more than 500 local children will showcase handmade lanterns. The parade will culminate at the main stage in St. Giles with live performances until 10pm.
On Saturday 23rd November the celebrations will continue with an evening of music and dance events in Oxford from 4pm. St. Giles will see a line-up of top quality acts, hand-picked by Oxford Contemporary Music and Dancin’ Oxford, performing on the main stage at St. Giles, hosted by Heart FM.
Finally, on Sunday 24th November, celebrate Christmas through a Day of Song, with a city-wide spectacular of live choral performances and traditional carols from local and international choirs.
More info: www.oxfordschristmas.com