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! The event is a celebration of music, food, craft and dance, organised by the Town Council, to commence the festive season.

Details of the event coming soon…

Photo credit: Nick White

Town Trail

Each year 24 Town Centre shops and businesses are invited to take part in a Christmas-themed town trail in the lead up to the Christmas Event on Friday 1 December. Everyone is invited to take part and search for the hidden images in shop windows. If you manage to find them all, and return your completed to the Town Hall by Thursday 30 November, then you could be pushing the plunger to turn on the town’s Christmas lights as well as win some other fabulous prizes.

Details of this year’s Town Trail will be announced in October. The Town Trail will run throughout the month of November.


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:

  • Thame Concert Band
  • Thame Youth Theatre
  • Louise Jane Dance Company
  • Greatest Hits Choir
  • Thame Music Academy choir and students
  • Thame Players

Details and timings of each performer will be announced in November.

Special Guests!


Children will love our roaming characters who have included Paw Patrol and Tinkerbell, as well pantomime stars! Look out for some Christmas-themed roaming entertainment too.

We have even welcomed the odd celebrity including Raymond Blanc, the late Robin Gibb, Anita Dobson, Kerry Katona and Victoria Pendleton.



Would you like to hold a stall at our Christmas event? We’re now taking bookings from local businesses, community groups, traders and charities based in, or local to, Thame. Get in touch via email or 01844 212833 to find out more.

If you’re not local to Thame, but would like to hold a stall, let us know by Friday 29 September and you will be placed on a reserve list. We’ll be in touch during the first week of October.


Please note: once your request to hold a stall has been approved, all stallholders must complete an Application Form, make payment and provide a copy of their valid Public Liability Insurance, Food Hygiene certificate (if applicable) and Risk Assessment. Your stall pitch is not guaranteed until we have received all of these documents.

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, 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.