Famous illuminated tractors return to the Cotswolds this Christmas

Fast becoming a Cotswold Christmas tradition, the Banbury Christmas Tractor Run returns this December 2023, lighting up north Oxfordshire with a festive fleet of fairy-lit tractors to spread seasonal cheer and raise funds for charity.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
The ever-popular Banbury Christmas Tractor Run is back for December 2023. Image © Matthew Hicks

Celebrate the festive season ‘agricultural style’, cheering on a colourful convoy of fairy-lit tractors as they trundle through the Cotswolds on Saturday 16 December 2023.

Now in its eighth year, RC Baker's annual Banbury Christmas Tractor Run sees people line the streets to catch a glimpse of the festive fleet of tractors, adorned in twinkling lights and dazzling Christmas decorations.  

With spectators encouraged to vote for the ‘best dressed tractor’, entrants usually pull out all the stops in decorating their vehicles, using everything from Christmas lights and trees, to inflatable snowmen and illuminated reindeer.

This year's Tractor Run will light up the streets of north Oxfordshire from 5pm, passing through the villages of South Newington, Milcombe, Bloxham, Banbury, Adderbury, Aynho, Clifton, Deddington and Hempton.

The event starts and finishes at Spring Hill Farm in Barford St Michael, home to RC Baker, the family-run agricultural contractors that has organised the event in aid of Katharine House Hospice since 2016.

Spectators are invited back to Spring Hill Farm as the tractors return for approximately 8.30pm, for an after party fuelled by mulled wine, mince pies and hot food from local butchers, Hook Norton.

For more information, including details of how to donate by text, see the RC Baker website or call (01869) 338307.

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