In the words of the legendary Noddy Holder: “It’s Christmaaaaaaas!” Yuletide means different things to different people, but it’s definitely a holiday of shared experiences: opening the presents on Christmas Day morning, the roast dinner, paper party hats that last about two seconds before ripping and ending up under the dinner table for the cat to play with, gorging on too many Quality Street and dozing in the afternoon.
Another one of those shared experiences is Christmas shopping. Some people love it, while others dread it but we all have to do it. If you’re in Oxford this December make sure you visit the Oxford Christmas Market. It’s a German-style outdoor market with a beautiful collection of wooden stalls packed with incredible gifts and food. Choirs and bands play throughout the evening to add to the festive air, and best of all this year the market is located smack, bang in the middle of Oxford on Broad Street.
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So grab a mug of mulled wine and mosey around the stalls. Here’s a selection of the great exhibitors that will be at the market this year.
One of Oxford’s best loved independent shops will have a stall at the market. Indigo specialises in ethically-sourced high quality products from the UK and around the world. They sell clothes for all the family, from slinky leggings to chunky jumpers and cute animal hats for babies.
This local supplier of all things yummy smelling will be bringing their vast selection of scented candles, aromatic bath and massage oils and much more. Oxford Aromatics source most of their products from small British companies, so your purchases will be supporting a lot of UK business with your festive gifting.
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If you want a beautifully hand-crafted gift for someone special this Christmas then drop by the Art Polish Pottery stand and peruse their stunning collection of kitchenware. Whether you want a hand-decorated oven dish or a cute dotty tea pot with matching cups and saucers for a perfect post-Christmas dinner cup of tea, you’ll find a huge variety of stoneware on offer.
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It’s Christmas, so you’re going to be needing chocolate. It’s the perfect stocking filler, or gift for someone who’s hard to buy for, and you’ll also be eating a fair amount yourself so check out Philip Mae’s Fine Chocolates for something special. Philip was born and raised in Belgium, famed for its incredible chocolates, and also studied under leading chocolatier Michel Galloyer in France. His handmade chocolates are really something else. Stock up and make sure you’ve got plenty of indulgent treats for Christmas day.
Opening up a stunning piece of handmade jewellery on Christmas Day is sure to go down a treat with the one you love, and Shireking Violet offers a unique twist on this. Their range of sterling silver jewellery is decorated with carefully cultivated flowers, which are dried and set in resin before being used as beautiful appointments on rings, necklaces and bracelets.
Hopefully that gives you some ideas for Christmas gifting. Even if you’re not going to be buying presents the market still offers a fantastic evening out, with a fun, festive atmosphere and lots to see and do. And who knows, with cold weather forecast maybe there will even be a dusting of snow to make it truly magical.
Why not combine your visit with a stay at our Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel located just half a mile from Oxford city centre.