Countdown to Thame’s Christmas Light Switch On!

Friday 01 December 2017, 7pm



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The Event

On Friday 1 December 2017, Thame will host its annual community Christmas event which typically attracts thousands of local residents and families all looking to spoil themselves or their loved ones with good food and great gifts, not to mention the lantern parade and fantastic selection of entertainment and attractions on offer, including the return of our popular Santa’s Grotto and Go-Karts! We will also be hosting a human-sized snow globe, for you and your family to take photos in and play in the snow! Paul Nelson Photography will be taking photos of snow-globe-visitors too. The event is a celebration of music, food, craft and dance, organised by the Town Council, to commence the festive season.

Photo credit: Nick White

Join the Facebook event!      Christmas in Thame        Download an event programme

Town Trail

In the lead up to Christmas Lights Switch-On on Friday 1 December, 24 Snowflakes have been hidden in shop windows  around Cornmarket, Upper High Street, North Street, Butter Market, Swan Walk, Greyhound Walk and High Street. You can start hunting high and low from Wednesday 1 November – can you find them all? All of the Snowflakes are numbered to give you a helping hand. You can also use #SnowflakeSearch on social media for clues!

The first entry out of the hat with all the correct answers will get the chance to push the plunger on the town’s Christmas lights plus there are prizes for the runners up. To be in with a chance, return your entry form to the Town Hall Information Centre by 4pm on Thursday 30 November. Don’t forget to include your name, age, address and contact number.

Good luck and happy hunting!

Entry Form        Snowflake Search poster


You’ll be spoilt for choice as each year we invite a fantastic selection of local dance groups, performance groups and choirs to perform at our event. Confirmed performers for 2017:

  • Louise Jane Dance Company – 4:45pm & 5:15pm, Masonic Hall
  • Greatest Hits Choir – 6:15pm, Town Hall
  • Stagecoach – 4:45pm, Town Hall
  • Thame Children’s Choir (TCC2) – 5:20pm, Town Hall
  • Thame Concert Band – from 6:15pm, High Street
  • Thame Music Academy – 5pm, podium and 5:45pm, Town Hall
  • Thame Players – 6pm, Podium
  • Thame Youth Theatre – 6pm, Masonic Hall

Special Guests!


Children will love our roaming characters – the Snow Sisters!


Stalls will line the High Street selling everything from German sausages and mulled wine, to Christmas wreaths and handmade gifts. It’s the perfect time to begin your Christmas shopping. There will also be plenty of hot food and drink to keep you warm, including mulled wine and hot chocolate!

Red Kite Radio and Sportif Citroen will both be running competitions during the event with prizes including afternoon tea at Haddenham Garden Centre, a House of Spice voucher and an MOT, so don’t miss these stalls!

Don’t forget to also visit the Town Centre shops who are staying open late especially for the event and may even have some festive goodies waiting for you – Autoparts, Powder, Thame Jewellery Workshop, Tilly Nilly and Wally’s Toy Shop. 

Photo credit: Nick White


Thame’s Christmas Lights Switch-On is wholly funded by sponsorship from local businesses. It is thanks to this generous support that we are able to provide this fantastic community event each year. 

Our 2017 sponsors so far are ASM, Kubota, Sportif Citroen, Lucy Electric, 3B Vehicle Hire & Servicing, JJ Plumbing & Heating, and Thame & District Housing Association.

If you would like to sponsor the event this year, please see our Sponsorship Opportunities Leaflet and contact the Town Hall on 01844 212833 or email for more information or to discuss sponsorship options.

Each year we also rely on the support from local people and businesses, so if you would like to support the event but are unable to do so financially, please do get in touch with us.