5 of the best Christmas-themed events in and around Watlington to put in your diary now
2022 has been a tough year. Soaring living costs, a revolving door at Number 10, and war in Europe have caused suffering for millions.
The UK’s financial woes look set to continue into next year, but for now, it’s time to focus on the positives!
So, with the festive period almost upon us, Logic Financial Services are here to spread some Christmas cheer.
We’ve scoured Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties to source the best tasty treats, handmade arts and crafts, and the perfect presents for you and your loved ones. What’s more, you’ll find all these things in one place, at any one of our top 5 picks of the best Christmas-themed events close to our Watlington office.
Keep reading for everything you need to know to add these amazing markets to your diary now.
1. November Christmas Market at Waterperry
If you’re looking to get an early start on the Christmas market rush, why not try Waterperry Gardens’ November Christmas market, just a 20-minute drive from Logic’s offices?
You’ll find several arts and craft stalls, with plenty more opportunities for Christmas shopping at the Gallery, Gift Barn, and Christmas Shop.
There’s food and drink on offer, as well as festive fun for the kids, and all in the beautiful surroundings of Waterperry gardens, once home to Beatrix Havergal’s School of Horticulture for Ladies.
The market takes place on the weekend of 19 and 20 November.
If you miss it, keep an eye out for follow-up markets taking place closer to the big day, including on the weekend of 3 and 4 December.
2. Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2022
Unesco world heritage site and seat of the Dukes of Marlborough, Blenheim Palace hosts its month-long Christmas market between 18 November and 18 December.
Organisers promise many designer craft traders housed in wooden chalets in the Great Court.
Deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, with the stunning English Baroque house as a backdrop, you’re sure to find one-of-a-kind gifts, irresistible treats, and an irrepressible festive spirit.
3. Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair
Over the border in Buckinghamshire, you’ll find Waddesdon Manor, whose Christmas Fair runs from 12 November to 18 December.
Just seven miles northwest of Aylesbury and a 45-minute drive from our offices here at Logic, Waddesdon manor is another beautiful location away from the packed high streets and lengthy queues.
The Grade I-listed house resembles a French chateau and is one of the National Trust’s most visited properties.
Expect magical light displays, towering Christmas trees, and a selection of carefully curated stalls sure to provide you with the perfect gift or inspiration for your own handcrafted project.
Inside the house, you’ll find a wonderland of decorated rooms (though pre-booked, timed tickets are a must), while in the gardens after dark, dazzling lighted trails will guide you around the house’s extensive grounds.
4. Oxford Christmas Market 2022
Matthew Arnold’s “city of dreaming spires” holds its own Christmas Market on Broad Street from 1 December to 18 December.
With over 50 stalls covering food and drink, jewellery, arts and crafts, fashion, and skincare you’ll find the perfect gift, whoever you are shopping for.
Open from 10 am daily, you’ll also find local bands and choirs taking to the stage at various times throughout the day. From brass bands to gospel choirs, the dozen or so performances are sure to add to the festive cheer.
5. Watlington Christmas Fair
Last, but certainly not least, our home market town of Watlington is hosting its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 3rd December between 10 am and 2 pm.
And there really is something for everyone to enjoy!
It all kicks off with a Santa’s Parade at 10 am and there will be food and craft stalls in the High Street and Watlington Club. A special Christmas Raffle will be drawn at midday and, of course, there will be a Santa’s Grotto for the youngsters to enjoy.
The fair will boast more than 50 stalls and feature designers, artists, and craftspeople. You’ll find jewellers, ceramicists and woodturners; fragrances, beauty products, clothing, and textiles.
Also keep an eye out for handmade Christmas decorations and florals, artisan chocolates, cheeses, and gourmet food and drinks.
Get in touch
We understand that rising fuel bills and soaring prices could make Christmas tougher for many this year. If you’d like to speak to the experts about any financial matter this festive period, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check in with your adviser.
For our part, we feel strongly that Logic Financial Services should make a positive contribution to the local community.
This year we will be increasing our donations to One Can Trust (which helps address the growing crisis of food poverty by collecting donations from all over the community) and SWAT (the Sikh Welfare Awareness Team), a charity which supports the homeless through handing out warm blankets, sleeping bags, toothbrushes, hot meals, and drinks.