Light Up Worcester

Oscar, delivering the true spirit of Christmas

Oscar Saxelby-Lee was the clear choice to ask to lead Worcester’s virtual light switch on this year.   As a thank you for switching them on, Visit Worcester asked Oscar and his mum Olivia what he would like as a Christmas wish from Santa.

The Visit Worcester team were delighted to buy some toys from Toytown in Crowngate, and arranged for Father Christmas to make a special undercover and socially distanced delivery to Oscar last night in the Crowngate sleigh.

Embodying the true spirit of Christmas, Oscar and his parents only accepted one of the Visit Worcester presents, asking for the others to be donated to the paediatric oncology ward at the Worcestershire Royal where Oscar was treated.

Sam McCarthy of Visit Worcester said:  “We were only too delighted to make Oscar’s wish come true – he wanted to pass on the spirit of Christmas to some other children who are still being looked after by the amazing paediatric oncology team.  Mike Lloyd from Crowngate was able to sneak in and safely watch Santa deliver the gifts from us.  What a wonderful way to start Christmas month.”

Where to shop for your decorations

From candy canes, homemade pom poms to well-crafted beautiful ornaments don’t forget to shop local when decorating your home this year. Here are just a few of our many independents.


Local independent shops who can help with decorations.
Mangojuice Gallery on New Street
Cornucopia in Crowngate Shopping Centre
House of Haby in The Market on The Shambles’
Crumpet & Coffee in Angel Place
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe on the High Street


Let’s support our independent shops to light up Worcester more than ever this year. For full listing of businesses visit the Open4Business page and shop local this Christmas.

Love from the Saxelby-Lees

Christmas is the most special time of year for us as a family. It is the time we celebrate life, appreciate each other and treasure the love we share.

To be able to spend this Christmas here in our home in Worcester is something we have longed for. Without the light, love and support from our community this wouldn’t be possible.

From holding us close, to watching our pain, a team is what we’ve been! We watch our little Oscar growing in strength everyday, it warms our hearts and brings us joy that we will never throw away.

Even though the world has become an uncertain place we hope to spread some cheer, as Christmas is so magical in itself that it reminds us of why we are here.

Our community spirit is so strong, we have been so blessed with you all, so let’s light up our city together and share this special ritual.