Christmas Day

Here's a listing of what's happening on Christmas Day in Oxford, including volunteering oportunities. If you're curious about Christmas traditions, click here to read more about the history of this holiday


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Volunteering on Christmas Day

Below you can find volunteering opportunities for Christmas Day. For information about how to volunteer over the whole of the festive season and throughout the year, click here

Oxford Christmas Lunch
A lunch run by Oxford Christmas Lunch at the King’s Centre, with food sourced from local suppliers that would otherwise have gone to waste. It’s for everyone who fancies some festive cheer! Head along for food, music, and family fun at the King’s Centre, Osney, OX2 0ES from 12.30pm until 4pm on Christmas day. Transport can be arranged if you need it. Contact to book the meal and/or transport. 

They are looking specifically for people who are able to do gentle interactive entertainment appropriate for children such as costumed character work (think Sugarplum Fairy!), jugglers, clowns, magicians, balloon-twisters, hair braiders, mime artists, caricature artists, etc.

Christmas Dinner With A Community

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join a community for Christmas dinner

If you are planning to stay in Oxford over Christmas and have no particular plans, please get in touch with and we will seek to put you in touch with a host family or with a number of student groups across the Colleges who will be arranging Christmas lunches. Space is limited so please get in touch before 20 December.

If you are an international student, you may wish to visit the Host UK website, or you may wish to join in the festivities at Cumberland Lodge.

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Eating Out on Christmas Day

The following restaurants will be serving food on Christmas Day: 

Gee's, 61 Banbury Road, OX2 6PE
Serving from 12-4pm, £39.50 for the Christmas Party Menu.

Old Parsonage Hotel, 1 Banbury Road, OX2 6NN
Open for lunch and dinner on Christmas Day.

Quod Brasserie & Bar, 92-94 High Street, OX1 4BN
£37.50 for the Christmas Party Menu, available until 23 December. Contact to book for Christmas Day.

Browns, 5-11 Woodstock Road, OX2 6HA
View the menu here.

The Red Lion Marston, 40-42 Oxford Road, Old Marston, OX3 0PH
£54.95 per adult, £29.95 per child. Two sittings, 12 noon or 2pm. Call to book: 01865 247761

The Red Lion (Gloucester Street), 14 Gloucester Street, OX1 2BN
3 courses, £69.95 per person. Menu

The Boat Inn, Canal Road, Thrupp, OX5 1JY
3 courses £59.90, Canapes and Bucks Fizz on arrival. Menu

The Rose Revived, Newbridge, Witney, OX29 7QD
5 courses Menu

The Tree Hotel Iffley, 63 Church Way, Iffley Village, OX4 4EY
First seating 11.45am-1.45pm at £39.95 per person, second seating from 2.30pm onwards at £44.95 per person. Menu