Christmas 2023

Welcome to our page for all things Christmas 2023 at St Nicholas Church Marston and St Thomas Church in Elsfield. Follow the page below to find all our services and events during the festive period.

You can download the festive information sheet here with all the information.

Elsfield Christmas Market- Saturday 25th November 10:00 – 12:00

Gifts, Crafts, Raffle, Food & Drink – at St Thomas Church in Elsfield

Download the poster here

Christmas Market at the Vicarage – Saturday 2nd December 14:30 – 16:30

Mulled Wine, Roast Chestnuts, Gifts, Cakes, Crafts, Tea, Tombola
Carols, Refil Station, Gingerbread, Music

Download the poster here

Advent Service – Sunday 3rd December 18:00

Longing for light – a special Advent service of music, readings & prayers with the St Nicholas choir

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BCP Communion Service – Sunday 10th December 08:00

At St Nicholas Church

Holy Communion Service – Sunday 10th December 10:00

At St Nicholas Church

Carols Around the Tree –  Saturday 16th December 16:00-17:00

Church Band, Lighting the Tree, Carols, Nativity Play – for children of any age – download the poster  here

Elsfield Carols Around the Tree –  Saturday 16th December 18:00-19:00

Lighting the Tree, Carols, Stories – for children of any age – wrap up warm – download the poster  here

Christmas Messy Church – Sunday 17th December 10:00

In the church hall – find out more here

Nine Lessons & Carols – Sunday 17th December 18:00

Traditional Christmas readings and carols by candlelight followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Music from nine centuries of the church.

Download the poster here and download the service booklet here

Carol Service at Bradlands – Monday 18th December 15:00

All welcome to join us for carol singing and mince pies at Bradands in Mill Lane

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Carols and Mulled Wine at the Victoria Arms – Monday 18th December 19:00

download the poster here

Winter Solstice Celtic Gathering – Wednesday 20th December 18:30

Gathering around the fire pit at the Marston Eco-Hub outside the vicarage

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Carol by Candlelight at Elsfield – Thursday 21st  December 18:30

With the Elsfield Singers, mulled wine and mince pies – at St Thomas at Elsfield –

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Open House at The Vicarage – Friday 22nd December 15:00 to 21:00

You are warmly invited to drop in and socialise with people from our local community

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Beer & Carols at the Red Lion – Saturday 23rd December 19:00

All ages welcome download the poster here

Carol Service  – Sunday Christmas Eve 17:00

Carols, bible readings and stories – especially suitable for children

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Midnight Mass – Christmas Eve 23:30

Holy communion, bible readings and carols

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Christmas Communion at Marston – Christmas Day 10:00

Family communion in St Nicholas Church
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Christmas Communion at Elsfield – Christmas Day 12:00

Holy Communion at St Thomas Church in Elsfield
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Where to Find Us

St Nicholas Church is along Elsfield Road in Old Marston village. Parking is limited so if possible come on foot. St Thomas Church is in Elsfield village along the main road.

Live Streaming

Many of our services are live streamed, so if you can’t attend in person, you can join us from wherever you are, whenever you can. Just go to our YouTube channel (search for St Nicholas Marston).

Services, Clubs and Special Events

There is more information about all our services and activities in the Marston Times, on our website and our Facebook page.

If you’d like to know more, contact our Parish Administrator, tel 580354, email or the Vicar, Revd Skye Denno, tel 202900, email


See pictures of 2022 here.

St Nicholas

Nicholas of Myra lived between about 270 and 343 AD. There are many legends about his generosity and care. Today, his memory lives on in stories of Santa Claus and Father Christmas. With St Nicholas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth who lived and died In Palestine under Roman rule at the beginning of this era. But what we celebrate is not a legend,. We believe that Jesus conquered death and gave us new life full of joy. We invite you all to share that joy this Christmas here in Marston.

Christmas Tree 2019

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St Nicholas Church

C/O Marston Vicarage

Elsfield Road

Old Marston


Email: administrator

Tel: 01865 580 354

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Your local churches at the heart of the community of Old Marston in Oxford and Elsfield village in Oxfordshire.

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