Oxford: The Christmas town of Canterbury

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The man of the moment makes his appearance during last year's Oxford and District Lions Christmas Parade. Photo: File
The man of the moment makes his appearance during last year's Oxford and District Lions Christmas Parade. Photo: File
Oxford is the place to be over the next two months.

Oxford Promotions Action Committee secretary Janette Griffiths says there is plenty happening to keep all ages entertained, with the countdown on until Christmas.

-Comedian Gary McCormick and his sidekick, Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, will check the pulse of the nation in the Oxford Working Men's Club on Saturday, November 23, from 7.30pm.

The pair say they are ''determined to remind our fellow baby-boomers that we and they are the very people who made fun popular back in the '60s and '70s, before the dull people took over''.

Tickets, at $25, are available from the Oxford Working Men's Club. Phone (03) 3124411 or email info@oxfordclub.co.nz.

Santa Claus will pop in for the annual Oxford and District Lions Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 15.

The parade leaves from Burnett Street at 12.30pm, with Santa taking up his usual position at the back.

The parade finishes at the Oxford Showgrounds, where a free bouncy castle and face-painting are on offer for the children, and the Lions food caravan will be operating.

Once again, there will be prizes for the best floats and boys' and girls' fancy dress.

The Oxford Winter Wonderland is back from December 17 to 24 in the Oxford Town Hall, with a theme of Christmases past, present and future.

It starts on Tuesday, December 17, from 6pm to 8pm, and will then be open from 2pm to 8pm on weekdays and in the weekends from 11am to 2pm, and 4pm to 9pm.

Santa will be in residence for limited hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Entry is by gold coin donation, with the proceeds going to support the Oxford Community Trust.

-Mrs Griffiths says the popular Christmas Eve Carols in the Park will be back with giveaways, a lucky dip for children, a lolly scramble, a free sausage sizzle and drinks. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic.

Local entertainers are being lined up, while Santa will make his usual appearance.

The event will be held in the Pearson Park village green from 7pm to 9pm, finishing just in time to get the children home to bed before Santa makes his deliveries.

It is sponsored by Oxford Butchery, Alpineair, the Waimakariri District Council and OPAC.

Toot for Tucker returns to Oxford on Tuesday, December 3, to refill the pantry at the Oxford Community Trust before the Christmas rush begins.