get involved

Loads of Fun for Everyone

Follow the links below to access ideas and resources on making something illuminated,  and see how to register your street in a doorstep celebration.

We want to see the amazing things you've made and share them on our website gallery. We're offering prizes, one for the best illuminated creation and one for the best photograph of this year's festival!

GDPR Notice: Please be aware that by submitting a photo to the festival competition or gallery you are giving permission for the photos to be used by the organisers of Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival.  Please also ensure your photos do not contain images of other people without having obtained their or a guardians permission first. 


Resources for Making and Creating

Whether its how to make a lantern or how to programme some LED lights to wear, here are some ideas and inspiration to join in our collective bid to bring and share a little light in our lives!  #oxlightfest20


Some of the resources below may be online workshops you can watch or 'how-to' information sheets.  We hope you can find most of what you need around the house or can easily buy some materials either online or in your local high street.



Click on the links below to take you to the 'how to' pages

Download the 'how-to' instructions for lanterns of all kinds to decorate your door, window, garden or balcony ready for the festival weekend. Follow the video guides to make a colourful window display ready for the festival weekend. 


Register your street on our Light Trails map to share your creations with your neighbours. Every registered display is entered into a raffle to win a special festive prize.

Take Part in a Local Light Trail

Light up your street with home made lanterns and window displays. Get creative and make a festive display for your home.


Organise your Doorstep Celebration

Over the festival weekend we want to support your street to have a little doorstep moment with neighbours in your street.

In these times we all need to keep safe in our household bubbles but that doesn't mean we can't experience that sense of togetherness by doing the same things at the same time. Your local street champion, or a representative for your street, can apply for a micro-grant to support your street to come out onto your 'doorstep, window or balcony on Saturday 21st November at 5.30pm and celebrate the start of the festive season, apart but together. 

Wrap up warm, get your favourite soup or hot chocolate on the go and if you sign up and tell us about your doorstep celebration, we can share your pictures in our website gallery!

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