Be part of one of Oxford’s
biggest annual events and help us make it shine!

Do I need any specific skills / experience?

Anyone can be a volunteer. We're looking for people with varied skills and life experiences – this could be your first time volunteering or you could be an expert!

It is important is that you are over 16, have a friendly, open personality and are curious about working with us. Please share your interests / experiences / skills with us, so we can find the right role for you. 


What will I be doing?

There are two types of volunteer roles you could be involved in to make sure that the festival runs smoothly and that it is a memorable cultural experience for everyone. 


As a volunteer you are often the first point of contact for festival visitors and artists. You could advise visitors on what there is to see, meet and greet artists, assist with festival evaluation or help to set up the festival. 


Volunteer Ambassadors take on additional responsibility by assisting the coordination of other volunteers and act as an important link between them and the event management team.


What commitment do I need to give?


  • At least one shift during the festival weekend

  • Attendance of one of our induction meetings

Volunteer Ambassadors 

  • At least two shifts during the festival weekend

  • Attendance of one of our induction meetings

  • Attendance of additional  training w/c the 28th of October


What’s in it for me?

  • Go behind the scenes and experience how a major city event is run 

  • Expand your network and meet new people

  • Skill development, relevant insights and experience to add to your CV

  • Be involved in your local community

  • Receive a certificate showing that you volunteered with us


Extra benefits for Volunteer Ambassadors 

  • Attendance at the press launch of the festival programme

  • Development in your leadership, volunteer management and event management skills 

  • Relevant training

  • A reference

If you’re interested in becoming a Christmas Light Festival volunteer, contact us on  christmaslightfestival@oxford.gov.uk or call 07483 010 371

Click here to read our Volunteer Privacy Notice

Click here to download the volunteer handbook

Click here to download volunteer role description

Click here to download volunteer ambassador role description

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