* THE Bluestocking by Alex Thomas is much more than a school musical even though it’s being performed at Magdalen College School from today until Saturday.

Set in 1920, it’s a feminist morality tale about women’s education based around Oxford University, the story of one young woman’s courage, determination and sacrifice as she fights to carve a place for herself among Oxford’s dazzling elite.

Call the box office on 01865 242191.

*There’s a long story behind the elves, snow and fire which are all making an appearance at Oxford Castle until December 8. The story involves global warming and an elf who wants to save Christmas. Get down there yourself, every 45 minutes from 6pm-10pm daily, for a five-minute animation of one amazing elf’s story, which will be shown on the wall of Malmaison. See oxfordcastle.com or call 01865 201657.

* Christmas with the Rat Pack does what it says on the tin, so beat the winter blues with this special Christmas version of the hit show at Oxford’s New Theatre on Saturday.

Take a trip back in time to the glamorous, glitzy nights of Las Vegas in the late 1950s and early 60s where, in the company of three of the fabulous Burrelli Sisters and The Rat Pack Big Band, you will experience Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin performing at the famous Sands hotel.

Call the box office on 0844 871 3020 or see atgtickets.com/oxford

* If you’re not ready for Christmas and all that it entails, then head down to the Old Fire Station on Saturday to experience Aangika, an exciting new choreographic work that brings together two classical dance forms, kathak and ballet, in an intricate cross cultural dialogue.

Kathak is a South Asian classical dance style well known for its graceful movement, language, dizzying spins and light, fast footwork executed to intricate rhythm patterns. See oldfirestation.org.uk/event/aangika/

* Fancy a laugh? Then try out Swedish TV comedy hero and writer Fredrik Andersson who has come to take the UK by storm and is popping into the Glee Club in Oxford tomorrow and Saturday night. He's taken his acclaimed show The Stockholm Syndrome to the Fringe, and performed at the most prestigious comedy venues and festivals around the country. Call the box office on 0871 472 0400 or see glee.co.uk/oxford

* Frosts’ ice rink at Millets Farm Centre is open all day, every day until Sunday January 5, the ultimate family Christmas activity. With skate with Frosty the Snowman dates and a New Years’ Day Skate & Bacon Roll, pre-booking online is recommended. Santa’s Grotto is also open there until December 24.

See milletsfarmcentre.com/events