Christmas has arrived in Abingdon…

With the countdown to Christmas officially here, now is the time to make the most of these fantastic festivities in Abingdon town centre. So much is happening around town from the Light Switch On to craft markets where you can tick those gifts off your Christmas shopping list - whilst sipping on a mulled wine! Not to forget, with the support of our fabulous #Abingdon businesses, we have bought you the chance to #win a fabulous #Christmas hamper worth £500!



Christmas Extravaganza ­– 2 December
Taking place all day (and evening) in Abingdon town centre from 9am is the fun-filled Christmas Extravaganza. Enjoy a Circus Workshop (9am–12noon) in community free space in the town, and Punch & Judy shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Head for Bath Street for the Christmas Market (9am–4pm) and look out for live performances throughout the day. In the Market Place there will be lots of live acts, starting with the Strawberry Fayre Majorettes at 11.15am and a parade at 12noon, then all sorts of brilliant performers every hour or half hour, with pop group The Honeyz as the finale at 5pm. But the day doesn’t end there – as darkness falls there is the big switch-on of the Christmas lights at 6pm in the Market Place, followed by fantastic fireworks. For details of all the performances and timings throughout the day click here.

Christmas Crafts Workshop – 2 December
Whilst the Christmas Extravaganza is in full swing, the annual Christmas Crafts Workshop returns with a chance to make and take home some fabulous decorations. This activity is FREE, though donations will be gratefully received, and takes place in the Kempster Room in the basement of Abingdon Museum, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1–3pm. Top tip: the Mouse Hole Cafe next door is the perfect place to enjoy a hot drink and a snack before or after your session.

Christmas Local Excellence Craft Market – 9 December
A special festive version of the regular Local Excellence Market takes place 9am–2pm in the Market Place. With local food producers, craftworkers and other local retailers there to show, explain and sell their wares, this is the perfect place to do some Christmas gift shopping.

Christmas Bazaar – 16 December
Abingdon Market Place will be alive with all the excitement of the special Christmas Bazaar market on the 16th December. Abingdon market place will be alive with the arrival of Abingdon Christmas Bazaar, where you can find stalls a-plenty displaying local crafts, perfect for tackling that Christmas gift list. Or, warm up with the delicious festive street food on offer - all while taking in the sounds of festive music!

Christmas Hamper Competition
Visiting Abingdon this December comes with the chance of winning a luxury hamper worth £500 - just in time for Christmas! Simply download your entry postcard from our homepage and deliver into the town centre on your festive #ShopLocal Christmas trip! Closing date for entries is 5pm on the 16th December.

Why make Christmas stressful when you could spend it in your local town, browsing for gifts for all of the family?
With easy parking, coffee stops galore and lots of places to enjoy lunch, why not wander around our selection of both independent and high street names? Whether it is for someone that loves art, books, jewellery, food, wine, or just wants to fill their home with beautiful things, you can shop both at your leisure and on your doorstep! With so much to offer, don't forget to shop local in Abingdon this Christmas!