Organisations are set to be invited to apply to host Christmas events on Broad Street.

Oxford City Council is opening the invitation as part of its wider programme for Christmas this year.

The council has already received early interest from several national and local organisations.

Councillor Susan Brown, leader of Oxford City Council and cabinet member for inclusive economy and partnerships said: "It may feel like Christmas 2023 was just yesterday, but we're already planning ahead and eager to create a festive programme that reflects the diverse spirit of our city.

"By using Broad Street along with other locations in the city centre, we aim to offer an exciting and inclusive experience for residents and visitors while we work with the county council on longer-term plans."

Announcements of permanent alterations to Broad Street for year-round civic use, however, have prompted concerns over the size of festive events compared to previous years.

By integrating events at various city locations like the Covered Market and Gloucester Green, the council believes a "comprehensive and exciting" festive programme can be produced.

It is also co-operating with Oxfordshire County Council to identify a central location, preferably on Broad Street, for the city's Christmas Tree.

The official process for organisations to express their interest is set to start in the coming weeks.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed the cycle lane on Broad Street will stay open throughout the 2024 celebrations.