Celebrating the festive season with OUEV

A festive feast of holiday treats and fine dining await to warm your spirits after a year of change

We are hopeful we can celebrate Christmas together with family, friends, and colleagues again this year and have prepared three scrumptious menu packages to choose from – a Festive Buffet, Three Course Meal and Festive Banquet – for your guests to enjoy.

Our venues are nestled in the vibrant heart of Oxford, providing a truly magical, Dickensian backdrop to your Christmas celebrations. Each venue has impressive architecture, with interesting characterful spaces to suit all gatherings, simply choose the space best for you!

At the show-stopping Sheldonian Theatre guests can enjoy fine dining and will love to stargaze from the Cupola overlooking the Oxford spires. The grand Examination Schools, with sweeping marble staircases and wood-panelled walls, is perfect for larger celebrations and dancing until midnight. The beautifully carved St Luke’s Chapel is perfect for an intimate gathering or Osler House provides a flexible venue space to transform into your own.

We know the extra details can truly make your event sparkle, and we would be delighted to assist you with booking entertainment, event dressing and adding those extra special festive finishing touches!


Our festive dining options

Festive Buffet

The perfect accompaniment for larger parties where the focus is the dance floor or a bijou drinks reception!

Festive Three Course Meal

Prepared by our award-winning chefs, each table will be waited on allowing your guests to sit back and relax. Why not add on a drinks reception before the meal?

Festive Banquet

For an extra special experience, opt for our indulgent fine dining festive banquet for a celebration to remember with a range of expertly crafted dishes to wow your guests...

Browse full menu

Each menu option comes complete with festive centre pieces, festive decorations, and crackers to set the scene!

Our venues

Sheldonian Theatre

Step into the magic of the Sheldonian at Christmas and dine under the famous painted ceiling...

Examination Schools

Explore this stunning venue with flexible spaces seamlessly taking you from drinks reception to dining to dancing...

St Luke's Chapel

An unusual and cosy space for smaller festive gatherings whether drinks and nibbles, buffet or dining...

Osler House

A superb venue with flexible space and grounds. Transform the space with decorations and props to make it personal to your event...

Take the next step

Make the first step into your Christmas celebration and contact our friendly team today at venueenquiries@admin.ox.ac.uk to find out more and make a booking.

Please note that festive bookings may be subject to government guidance in relation to COVID-19 in which case we will inform you of any changes as soon as possible.

Our terms and conditions of booking offer you complete flexibility and reassurance should this be the case, and we will endeavour to work with you to meet new guidelines and continue to provide a celebration wherever possible.