North Oxfordshire locals are being urged to support their high street this Christmas.

Cherwell District Council is welcoming the wealth of festive events and initiatives encouraging residents to find unique gifts while boosting the local economy.

The attractions include lantern parades, winter pop-up events and illuminated trails, as well as festive light projections and Victorian markets.

Councillor Donna Ford, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: "Following on from the spectacular Christmas light switch-ons in Banbury and Bicester, I want to say a big thank-you to the town councils and other fantastic organisations across the district who have done such a great job making our three urban centres look so pretty and inviting in time for Christmas.

"Not only are Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington looking their best, but they are also hosting some family-friendly fun.

"By visiting some of our wonderful independent shops and traders, people can help support our town centres whilst enjoying the festive atmosphere.

"Christmas shopping is also a great time to consider what they’d like to see more of in the town centre in the coming years, as we run our Banbury Vision 2050 survey."

There will be free parking for electric vehicles offered in council-run car parks every Sunday until January 28.

Free parking will also be available at Castle Quay car parks in Banbury on Sundays from December 3 to February 1.