Welcome to Christmas in Thame, the most wonderful time of the year!
Join in with all the festival cheer this year! We have competitions, events and our magical lights switch on,  which is taking place on December 1 from 4:30pm 

You can grab a copy of our Christmas in Thame guide at the Information Centre, or check out our Christmas 2023 calendar

 Christmas in Thame Facebook Page 

A message from our Mayor!

Christmas is a very special time of year, and I would like to wish all the residents of Thame, and your friends and family, a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I hope you are excited to take part in all the events Thame has to offer, and I am sure you will see me wandering around the town centre, looking for presents in the Christmas window trail, or oohing and aahing over the wonderful displays our local businesses have made! If you see a window you love, don’t forget to vote via the QR code in the shop’s window! I wish our town a wonderful Christmas period, and a healthy and happy 2024!

Christmas Light Switch on

Christmas lights switch on The Rundown…


AY StrEat Meet will be at the Town Hall serving sweet and savoury food! The perfect takeaway whilst watching the lights twinkle over the town.


Christmas in Thame officially starts here! Join us outside the Town Hall for live music from Thame Concert Band before we are joined on stage by Father Christmas, elves, and wonderful local children turning on the lights at 6pm

There will also be charity stalls from The Rotary Club, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary (The Cat Butler)

Don’t forget Lightfoots Solicitors will be open during the Christmas lights switch on for some festive fun, with all proceeds donated to their charity of the year, Sands.


Thank you to all involved

We are busy planning behind the scenes and Thame Town Council would like to thank the businesses and volunteers who have contributed their time and money to ensure that Thame’s amazing community spirit will shine through for yet another year.

Thanks to 



Nutcracker Selfie Station

Why not get involved in this year’s selfie station, kindly sponsored by Thame Cars!

Thame Cars love spreading Christmas cheer over the town, and you can win a free car service by taking a picture with our Nutcracker selfie station! All you have to do is strike a pose and post your picture on Facebook, tagging the Christmas in Thame Facebook page!

The Nutcrackers will be in town until the 23rd of Dec and all pictures need to be posted by this date too!

Once again we send a huge thank you to Thame Cars, you help make Christmas in Thame the most wonderful time of the year.

Business window display competition 

Forget decking the halls, Thame has decked its shop windows with some fun, creative and Christmassy displays! 
Vote for your favourite from December 1 to December 24 

Christmas Town Trail – a wildlife safari

This year, the Nutcrackers who you will see stationed outside the town hall, have hidden presents in 25 windows around the town hall. Each of these presents is wrapped in brown paper, and has an origami animal attached to the top, inspired by Thame COP who want you to learn more about the impact climate change is having on animals. Your challenge is to find the present, work out which animal it is, and enter your answers on our form which will be available HERE from 1st December.

As well as entering the town trail competition – make sure you take part in their Wildlife quiz below, for an extra chance to win a prize! 

To find out more about how to wrap your presents in amore sustainable way this Christmas by following this link to Thame Green Living

Walking in a Wildlife Wonderland

Now, the animals taking part in this part of our Christmas celebrations are not your typical Christmas animals! They are animals that are struggling to survive, so we wanted to do something to support them – in partnership with Thame COP, 21st Century Thame and Thame Library, in the following ways: 

  • Thame Library will once again be displaying the art created by primary schools children, and members of the community, in a fabulous Christmassy display.
  • The displays at the Library will focus on the habitat of animals who are endangered in Britain. Find out more about them, and about the work being done locally by 21st Century Thame to help them to survive and thrive! This is work you can be a part of, so if you want to attract a hedgehog, owl, pollinators or more to your own gardens, click here to find out more. 
  • Thame COP will be outside Thame Town Hall from 1st – 10th December, finding out what you think about different issues being raised at COP 28. They want to know what local people think so please stop by and chat to them, to share your views. They have also put together a quiz that you can enter to win a prize that will help you support wildlife locally. Find out more soon!