Every year Oxford hosts a Christmas evening featuring a parade, market stalls and musical performances. This year I managed to escape London for the weekend to stay with my parents, and visit the Christmas celebrations.
Children from local schools made paper lanterns to parade down the street with, alongside a brass band playing Christmas carols. It really felt like the start of the Christmas season as we stood amongst the crowd with mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. After the procession we had a wander around the market stalls and then headed to J.R.R. Tolkien’s favourite meeting place, the ‘Eagle and Child’ pub, for mulled cider and warmth. I’m looking forward to next year’s celebrations already!