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As the county thaws out we’re looking ahead to the Christmas break. Now the snow has cleared there’s lots of seasonal things to do! But first...

A big thank you.
Last weekend’s snow was some of the heaviest we’ve seen in years. And while plenty of us were out enjoying a winter wonderland, people across the county were ploughing on regardless and battling very difficult weather conditions to keep things going. From the staff who slept at work in the JR, to care workers braving really tough weather conditions to our gritters working through the night, we want to thank each and every one of you. 

Around the county

Track Santa, via satellite  

In what’s becoming a yearly tradition, there's plenty of ways to  keep track of where Father Christmas has got to via the immense power of the internet. NORAD are using their satellite network to keep tabs on his sleigh, along with Google
An advent calendar of activities

There are 25 great Christmas activities from Experience Oxfordshire to check out, from all across the county.
The ever-popular Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Carol Service is back
Search for Elves in Batsford Arboretum

Santas helpers have gone missing and they are all hiding in the Arboretum; find them to win a prize!
Premiere Soccer are running Professional Coaching Courses - open to boys & girls aged 5 - 13 in Abingdon and Witney
Holiday Playschemes

Some school children need safe care before and after school hours and also during school holidays. Find out more about Holiday Playschemes here 

Useful to know

Bin collections

Bin collections are ably handled by your District council. Depending on where you are in the county you’ll need to check the following pages for information on when yours will be collected.

Vale of White Horse
South Oxfordshire
West Oxfordshire

All recycling centres will close early at 3pm on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, and will be closed all day on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. There is no effect to any other days over Christmas, and will be opening as normal.

Speaking of which… throw things away, responsibly

So you’ve made three times too much food, the living room is buried under three feet of wrapping paper, you’ve spent an afternoon picking pine needles out of Aunt Mabel’s feet, and you want to fling that lump of Norway Spruce as far away as possible. Oxfordshire County Council, how can you help we hear you cry?  Never fear. From making food go further to what you can recycle, Recycle for Oxfordshire has a wealth of information to help you.


New year, new job? We have a wide range of Oxfordshire jobs across social care, libraries, fire and rescue, education, museums, roads and transport, environment, planning and economic growth. Find out more, and apply online

Driving home for Christmas?

Roadworks across the county (and beyond)

If you're traveling over the Christmas period, then this tool is going to be massively useful for you. Find all the details of emergency roadworks or road closures on your route. Check out our video!

Have a great Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

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