Head to Oxford for Winter Wonderland + Holly Jolly Holidays Dec. 6-13


Oxford Square lit up during the holidays
Oxford Square. Photo via Bham Now

Less than three hours away from Birmingham lies a picturesque Southern snowglobe just waiting to be explored. Enjoy the season and a change of pace in Oxford, Mississippi. Hop in the car and head over between December 6-13 for winter fun, food and festivities. Check out Visit Oxford MS to start planning your trip today.

What’s happening in Oxford

Oxford Square lit up for Holly Jolly Holidays
Visit Oxford. Photo via Bham Now

Want to get in the holiday spirit while keeping yourself and your family safe? You’re in luck.

Two COVID-safe holiday events are happening in Oxford between December 6-13 that you need to put on your calendar. Because as much as we love The Magic City, sometimes it’s good to see everything with fresh eyes.

Winter Wonderland

  • Where: Lafayette County Arena
  • When: December 6-13

Holly Jolly Holidays presented by C Spire

  • Where: Historic Oxford Square
  • When: December 11-13

In the meantime, explore the nooks and crannies for little holiday scenes and enjoy the shops all decked out for the season.

Ready to plan your trip? Head to Visit Oxford MS where you’ll find everything you need to make sure you have a great time.

Winter Wonderland starts December 6 and runs through December 13

At Winter Wonderland, you’ll be able to stroll through a socially-distant holiday trail with visits from Santa.

On Saturday, December 12, Chick-Fil-A is sponsoring a $5 per person Breakfast with Santa.

The night of Sunday, September 13 is a cocktail walk benefiting the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. It’s free for Oxford Arts members, and anyone’s welcome to join.

Whenever you go, you can browse and holiday shop to your heart’s content.

Here’s some of what (and who) will be there:

  • Christmas trees by Oxford Garden Club
  • Gifts and art from the Oxford Artist’s Guild, including locally-made, one-of-a-kind ornaments
  • Santa!

Where: Lafayette County Arena
When: December 6-11 & 13, 5-8PM + Chick-Fil-A’s Breakfast with Santa is December 12, 8-10AM, $5 per person, including a chicken biscuit

Reserve your free spot now with the option to make a one-time $5 donation once you pick your time.

Make a weekend of it with Holly Jolly Holidays presented by C Spire December 11-13

Horse drawn carriage in Oxford MS for Holly Jolly Holidays
Horse drawn carriages are part of the holiday season in Oxford. Photo via Valentina Lykken

There’s a full lineup of Holly Jolly Holiday fun planned in the Historic Oxford Square:

Friday, December 11, 4-8PM

Coffee from Common Ground Coffee Bar - one of the vendors for Holly Jolly Holidays
Coffee from Common Ground Coffee Bar. Photo via Common Ground Coffee Bar’s Facebook
  • *Ice skating
  • Holiday snack vending by the skating rink
  • Free drinks from Common Ground Coffee (Friday night only) made possible by C Spire

Saturday, December 12, 10AM-8PM

Visit Oxford Visitors Center
Visit Oxford. Photo via Bham Now
  • 10AM-8PM: *Ice skating + holiday snack vending by the skating rink
  • 10AM: Story time with Ms. Jill from Square Books Jr.
  • 1-3PM: Socially-distanced Santa at Visit Oxford Visitors Center
  • 1:30PM: Sweet T’s Bakery Holiday-Themed Cake Demo (LIVE)
  • 3-7PM: *Carriage rides leaving from Visit Oxford around the Historic Square

Sunday, December 13th:

  • 1-5PM: *Ice skating + holiday snack vending by the skating rink

*Reserve your spot for ice skating + carriage rides online. Skating is $5 for children and $10 for adults. Carriage rides are $10 per group.

Meet the Holly Jolly Holidays vendors

Single Serve cheesecakes
Single serve cheesecakes from City Hall Cheesecake in Oxford. Photo via City Hall Cheesecake Oxford’s Facebook

While you’re in town, be sure to check out the lights

Oxford MS water tower lit up for the holidays
The water tower’s all lit up. Photo via Bham Now

The Downtown Square’s Canopy of Lights is a lovely place for a stroll or a carriage ride. You’ll find old-fashioned colored lights on the trees, too.

For Oxford, this is a return to a beloved tradition dating back to the 1960s. According to the Oxford Eagle, orange, green, red and blue regular-sized lightbulbs made up the original canopy, back in the day.

The revived canopy features environmentally-friendly white LED lights.

Lighting up the downtown water tower is another old tradition that’s making the season bright in Oxford.

Know you wanna go? Head over to Visit Oxford MS to plan your trip today.

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