Thame’s Christmas Lights have been switched on!
On Friday 2 December, Thame hosted its annual Christmas Lights Switch-On event. The event was well attended with a range of festive stalls, attractions and entertainment on offer.
Colonel Custard started the event with some fantastic stilt-walking and Christmassy balloon-making! Everyone’s favourite Police Pup and Tink the Green Fairy were hugely popular with younger children and made a PAWesome addition to the event. The crowds were spoilt for choice for entertainment, with three entertainment areas and performances on offer throughout the event from Thame Pop Choir, Stagecoach, Louise Jane School of Dance, Thame Youth Theatre, Thame Players, Thame Concert Band and Towersey Morris Men.
There were also plenty of attractions to enjoy; Santa’s Grotto was open, and Santa had made the special journey to wish the people of Thame a Merry Christmas (and even came with gifts for those who had been good this year!). There was also the opportunity to ride Morris and Holly the Donkeys down the High Street, or take a spin in the Go Karts in the car park.
Just before the lights were switched-on, we were treated to a beautiful lantern parade, created by Thame’s Primary Schools and including paper lanterns courtesy of Windles Group, led by the Police Pup and Tink, the Mayor of Thame and this year’s town trail winner – 8 year old Holly Stafford! Crowds then gathered around the tree to hear Father David Hartley’s Christmas blessing, and watch Police Pup, Tink the Green Fairy, the Mayor of Thame, Holly (our Santa Circuit Winner), Father Christmas and panto-star Aladdin (pictured above) push the plunger on Thame’s Christmas Lights! Everyone then joined in with the festive community singing accompanied by Thame Primary School Choirs and Thame Concert Band, which was a perfect way to round off a fantastic, festive evening.
The Mayor of Thame added “The Christmas Light Switch-On has become the traditional start of the festive season in Thame and this year was no exception; the High Street looks magical. Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible.”
Thank you to ASM Auto Recycling, Kubota, Risborough Carers, Fisher German, Lucy Electric, JJ Plumbing and Heating, 3B Vehicle Hire, and all of our supporters this year. The event simply wouldn’t be possible without the generous support we receive from local businesses and the community. The Town Council wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.