SATURDAY

Tomorrow afternoon, St Mary the Virgin University Church on Oxford High Street is promissing 'the quintessential Oxford Christmas' with its performance of Handel's Messiah from Oxford's own Instruments of Time and Truth baroque ensemble. Tickets start at £23 from timeandtruth.co.uk

Earlier on Saturday afternoon, Jericho Fairtrade Christmas Fair will offer a last-minute chance to do some ethical shopping on Canal Street from 12pm to 5pm.

Oxford Playhouse's Burton Taylor Studio, meanwhile, will be staging its Christmas show Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas at 10am, 12pm and 3pm. Tickets, £8 for children or £10 for adults, are available at oxfordplayhouse.com/about-us/burton-taylor-studio

East Oxford's beloved community theatre the Pegasus is hosting Alice & Bob's Whopping Christmas Cracker Party Show at 11am, 3.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday. Tickets start at £10.50 from pegasustheatre.org.uk

The Marsh Harrier Pub in Temple Cowley is hosting a boozy Beer and Carols session for its regulars from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Chipping Norton's unique Fairytale Farm, 'a sensory and learning wonderland', continues to host its Christmas Fairytale on Saturdays and Sundays, open 10am to 5pm. Entry is £5.70 per child. See fairytalefarm.co.uk

St Michael at the Northgate Church on Cornmarket Street, Oxford, will also host its Crib Service and Christingle on Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 3.45pm, including a special appearance from Tracey the Donkey! Entry is free.

Banbury Cake: Students at LVS Oxford light their candles at the autistic school's Christingle service

SUNDAY

Wadham College will cost a Candelit Christmas Concert from Liedertafel/Pro Victoria from 8pm on Sunday evening. Tickets cost £12 on the door.

Blackwell's Sunday Storytime at the Broad St bookshop will take on a festive theme from midday to 12.30pm. Entry is free.

Meanwhile the Tap Social Movement brewery in Botley will host a Christmas-themed family fun day from midday until 11pm with family games, Christmas movies, mulled wine, food and carols from the Vineyard Band at 3pm. Entry is free.

Puppeteer Emma Boor continues her sing-along Winnie the Witch Christmas adventure show at the Jacqueline De Pre Music Building at St Hilda's College with Sunday shows at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets start at £8. See wildboor.com