Countdown to Thame’s Advent Calendar!

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Although our normal Christmas Light Switch will not go ahead, we are not letting that stand in the way of bringing some festive cheer to our town for you to enjoy throughout Advent.

Click on each of our ‘Advent Calendar Doors’ below to find out more.

Please note that although some events are listing on one day, they actually run over several days – giving you more time to get involved! The dates are listed below each event.

Each event may also display the following symbols, their meanings are here:


The Thame ADVENTure Trail

Starting TODAY (1 December), then revealed every Tuesday & Saturday until Saturday 19 December, after which you can view it at any time until Christmas Day.

Brought to you by Thame Churches

‘Keep on Crawling’

Wednesdays & Saturdays until Saturday 19 December

Brought to you by Thame Museum and Thame Art Crawl

If the lockdown continues follow the Thame Museum Facebook page for more info about how to enjoy


Window Display Competition

Vote until Sunday 20 December through our competitions entry page

Santa’s Postbox

Post your letter to Santa until Monday 14 December

Download a template letter from the Red Kite Family Centre Website

Until end of lockdown use Thame Town Hall letterbox, after that there is a post box at Thame Library

Mynt Image Christmas Gift Fair

Saturday 5 December only.

If we are still in Lockdown check back here for an online show of artwork instead! 


Santa’s coming to town

Sunday 6 December only.

Pop into town to say hello to Santa. Make a donation to the work of Thame Roundtable via their Facebook page.

If you miss him today he will be back at the Market on Tues 22 December


Meet our giant Nutcracker

Enjoy all throughout December.

He is standing outside Thame Town Hall and comes with 2 fabulous competitions for you to win prizes.

Supported by Thame Cars.

Thame Tuesday Market and Farmer’s Market 

Come and support your local markets during Advent.


A Sparklers Christmas

Premier at 9am Wednesday 9 December (accessible after this date too).

Singing, storytelling and crafting for  Under 5s.

St Mary’s Church – website

St Mary’s Facebook page.

Can you find the Babes in the Woods?

Taking place throughout advent in Thame Town Centre and on Thame Players Facebook Page

A Christmassy Artist & Makers Fair

Friday 11 December AND Saturday 12 December

If we are still in Lockdown check back here for an online show of artwork instead! 

A Mysterious Polar Bear visits Thame…

…and stops off at Thame Green Living‘s stall that has some brilliant tips on how to ‘Love Thame Hate Waste’ this Christmas.

Saturday 12 December only.

A Christmas Spirits Trail

Monday 7 December – Jan 2021

Help save Christmas with this free family-fun adventure round Thame town centre to find 10 Christmas characters using your mobile phone.

Find out more here

Christmas Crafts

Monday 14 December only

with the Red Kite Family Centre

Book online in advance ONLY

Live Music with Jess Cox

Every Tuesday of December at our Market

Raising funds for Help Musicians

Jess Cox

Door Step Carols

Wednesday 16 December only

Brought to you by Lea Park Residents Association

Download your carol sheets here

Thame’s Tree of Hope

View and participate in this at Thame Library from Dec 3, Baubles will not be available before this date

Supported by Windles

A magical outdoor illuminated arts trail

View the trail from 18 – 24 December. Get involved from today

Window Wanderland trail information

Donate to support Thame Primary Schools

Supported by Lucy Electric

The Great Nativity Dress up Days

Taking place on Saturday 5, 12 & 19 December

With competitions to win and discounts to be had! 

Supported by Baban Boutique, Planet Health & Bizzie Lizzie

Ay StrEat Meet Streetfood Market

Sunday 20 December only


Ay StrEat Meet Facebook page

Thame Choral Society

Monday 14 December only

Popping up to serenade you while you Christmas Shop

Santa Claus is coming to Thame

If you missed him on Dec 6, pop along to Thame Market on Tue 22 December to wave hello to Santa

Make a donation to the work of Thame Roundtable via their Facebook page. 


A Children’s Christmas Trail 

At Thame Museum every Wednesday & Saturday from 3 – 19 December

If we are still in Lockdown check back here for an online show of artwork instead! 

Thame’s biggest ever Christingle? 

An online event taking place at 5pm on Christmas Eve – but make sure you pick up your kit in advance from Christchurch, Upper High Street 

List of all Christmas Services taking place over Advent

Happy Christmas from Thame Town Council.

A message from Thame’s Mayor, Councillor Ann Midwinter

“2020 has been a very challenging year for us all and I would like to thank the residents of Thame for their amazing efforts and continued community spirit. I am so proud of the way we have come together to help those in need. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that 2021 will be filled with joy and prosperity”





Get prepared for what we hope will be a better year for us all in 2021 with a Love Thame Calendar

The fabulous team at Love Thame have once again pulled together a Calendar, generously sponsored by local businesses and community groups. All profits will go to support The Red Kite Family Centre and Lord Williams’s Young Carers.


Find out where you can get one by following the Love Thame group on Facebook, or keep checking back here and we will post the locations as soon as we know them. Once this lockdown is over we will have them available from Thame Town Hall Information Centre

Community Christmas Thame aims to provide a FREE lunch on Christmas Day for those who are isolated and vulnerable in the Thame area. Usually this involves a fabulous get together in a central location, but COVID-19 has made this impossible. Instead they will be aiming to deliver meals to those people who are at risk of being alone on Christmas Day.

They are looking for volunteers to help – everything from peeling carrots and potatoes, to collecting and delivering a couple of meals to their ‘guests’ with a gift and a cracker.

Registration is also open for anyone you know who may want this service.

Find out more on the Community Christmas Thame website.

Christmas in a Box

Red Kite Family Centre, Phoenix Community Club and Sharing Life Trust are once again working with our partner agencies to provide a box of Christmas goodies for those individuals and families in our community who will find it hard to afford the extras that we all like to enjoy at this time of year.

If you could purchase one of these items and drop it into one of the Foodbank collection points by Friday 11th December, you will have helped someone to have a happier Christmas.

Items we plan to put in Christmas boxes:

✓ Jar of jam, marmalade or honey                                                ✓ Christmas cake (bar or round)

✓ Selection box of biscuits                                                              ✓ Jar of special chutney or pickle

✓ Tube/packet of children’s sweets                                            ✓ Christmas crackers

✓ Chocolate sweet selection box                                                  ✓ Family sized pack of nibbles/crisps

✓ Medium sized Christmas pudding                                          ✓ Box of 6 mince pies

✓ Packet of nuts and/or dried fruit                                             ✓ Drinking chocolate

✓ Christmas Stollen

Find out more at Red Kite Family Centre

Although our normal annual Christmas Tea Party cannot go ahead as usual this year, the Town Council, Rotary Club and Inner Wheel hope to be able to deliver you an afternoon tea on a date in December that is yet to be confirmed. If you want to be involved, or if you can volunteer as a delivery driver, contact Rosie Collins: 01844 212833


Thame Town Council are proud to support The Christmas Toy Box appeal 2020.

You can donate new toys by dropping them into Rumsey’s Chocolatier