Oxford’s Christmas light festival Covid restriction changes

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CHANGES have been made to Oxford’ Christmas Light Festival due to lockdown restrictions.

Festival projects that had been planned to allow limited ticketed entrance are now being live streamed and shared via the festival website.

Some projects, including Car Park to Bright Spark – involving a roving bike and trailer housing a public inspired installation – are being postponed for a future festival year.

But there will still be plenty to enjoy when the popular event returns next week.

The festival launches on November 20 at 4pm with the streaming of a film by festival artists Luxmuralis with Fusion Arts.

Inspired by the collections of museums in the city, the film will be projected onto some of Oxford’s iconic buildings.

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It can be watched on digital platforms and via the festival website.

People can also take part in a lantern parade by creating their own illuminations along with projects to design illuminated window scenes.

IF Oxford, the festival of Science and Ideas and Fusion Arts, are running a series of six weekly online workshops to make programmable light displays.

Further ‘create and make’ resources will be shared on the festival website and households are being encouraged to decorate their homes for local light trails over the weekend.

A festival bus will also tour Oxford over the weekend spreading some seasonal cheer.

Its journey will be illuminated by starry lights and stained-glass window designs by students from City of Oxford College with street artist Mani.

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The Oxford Bus Company open top bus will be playing Christmas tunes plus messages of thanks from businesses to Oxford residents.

For a full list of what will happening across the three days, as well as how to get involved, visit oxlightfest.com.



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