Walking to the office this morning I noticed that the trees on either side of High Street are already sparkling with twinkle lights. This can only mean one thing: the holiday season is upon us and winter is around the corner in Oxford, Ohio! The trees, half autumnal with their golden-hued leaves and half winter with their glittering lights strung through the branches, represent the transitional phase we're in right now. Still autumn, but with a winter that's clear on the horizon.
And with winter comes our town's beloved Holiday Festival. This year the event is on Saturday, Dec. 1st. This day-long event starts at the Oxford Community Arts Center and then makes its way further up the street to the park. You'll enjoy live performances, activities for kids, carriage rides for the whole family, hot chocolate and more. Oh, and the big man in red is obviously going to be making one or two camera-ready appearances.
The full lineup for the 2018 Oxford Holiday Festival is below. But first, let's talk about an awesome way to support your local businesses the night before the holiday festival:
Friday, Nov. 30th, 2018
Shop your way through town at the Oxford Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Holiday Walk on Nov. 30th! In the uptown park (2 East High St.) there will be a tree decorating contest, opportunities to get cozy with firepits and hot cocoa, and live performances by The Cheezies and musical groups from Talawanda High School.
Then get your holiday shopping done by patronizing the local businesses uptown, many of which will be setting out snacks and refreshments. If your little ones don't want to tag along for the shopping, there will be a babysitting service provided by responsible teenage girls from a local Girls Scouts troop and their adult affiliates.
Have any questions, call the Oxford Chamber of Commerce at 523 - 5200.
Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2018
The fun starts at the OCAC (10 S. College Avenue) with an entire morning and afternoon of kid-friendly activities and live music.
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Talawanda Band Boosters Craft Market, where you can choose from a variety of locally made goods and crafts, perfect for stocking stuffers and holiday gifts.
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM Local musicians will be playing every hour to keep the holiday spirit going strong all afternoon.
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM The big man in red makes his first appearance of the day for Pictures with Santa!
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM Kids Korner crafts and activities.
Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2018
After a busy afternoon at the OCAC, head up the street to the Uptown Parks where the festival will pick right back up from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Live musical entertainment and performances by talented Miami University student groups, from a cappella to improv sketch comedy! Check them out on the pavilion stage. There will be a new performance every 20 minutes.
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Ice skating on an outdoor rink! It may not be real ice but it will definitely still be real fun. Make sure to have your camera ready for when the little ones give it a try.
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Horse-drawn carriage rides around the uptown streets.
6:30 PM Ho, ho, ho! Santa's back and this time he's arriving by firetruck! He'll pull up on High Street right by the pavilion. He'll then get on stage to join Mayor Kate as she flips the switch to turn on all the holiday lights up and down the street!
6:30PM - 8:00 PM End your night by taking a picture with Santa. Line up outside the Enjoy Oxford office (14 W. Park Place, Suite C). You'll then walk through the office and into the hallway, where you'll see Santa sitting on a mighty holiday throne looking picture perfect.
Call Enjoy Oxford at 523 - 8687 and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the event uptown. If you have any questions regarding the festivities at the art center, give the Parks and Recreation office a call at 523 - 6314.
Written Oct. 31, 2018
By Taylor Meredith
Enjoy Oxford Communications Specialist