Merry Christmas!

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The Event

Thame’s brand new Christmas lights were switched-on on Friday 6 December 2019. Santa came to visit his Grotto (with gifts for those who’ve been good!) – he even brought his Reindeer, which visitors could feed and pet. A miniature steam train offered rides throughout the evening too. The Mayor, Cllr Ann Midwinter and the Town Trail winner pushed the plunger on the lights!

Event Images*      Christmas in Thame Facebook page

*All images courtesy of Penguin Stu6ios.

Town Trail

Did you manage to find all 24 steam trains?

Our lucky winner was Lilia, aged 8, who turned on the Christmas Lights on 6 December! Two other winners received prizes kindly donated by Wally’s Toy Shop, Red Kite Family Centre, Whizz Kids and Rumseys.

Here are the answers: Indigo Waves (1), Wally’s Toy Shop (2), Autoparts (3), Patrons (4), Clark’s Shoes (5), ProCook (6), Biagio (7), Gallivant (8), Twigs & Twine (9), Clinton Cards (10), The Cutting Room (11), All About Rose (12), Thee Barber Shop Group (13), Tapis (14), Maze Hair (15), Zen Hair Design (16), Rumseys (17), Shutter Spec Security (18), The W Cafe (19),  Wholefoods Pantry (20), The Cottage Bakery (21), What’s Cooking? (22), Oxfam (23) and Fatface (24).


Thank you to our fantastic performers: Caitlin Skea, DAS Performing Arts, India Yates from Thame Music Academy, Kiera Gabrielle, Lewis Branch, Louise Jane School of Dance, St Joseph’s School Orchestra, Stagecoach Thame, Thame Children’s Choir, Thame Concert Band, Thame Players, Thame Pop Choir, Thame Youth Theatre.

Special Guests!

It wouldn’t be a Christmas Lights Switch-On without some special guests! Fresh from the launch of Frozen II, everyone’s favourite snow sisters joined us along with Spiderman for meet & greets.


From 4pm to 6:30pm, Grace Church Thame held free nativity crafts and face-painting in the Masonic Hall, plus refreshments for those taking part.

Children enjoyed rides on the chair-o-planes and merry-go-round rides.

Children's Characters and Santa wave to crowds from Santa's Sleigh


Thank you to our wonderful stallholders who joined us.

Please note booking is not open for 2020 yet. Applications usually open in July.

Lantern Parade

Thame Primary School’s proudly paraded their beautiful lanterns through the town, led by Santa and his Sleigh. As always it was a spectacular sight – well done to all the children and their families who took part in the workshops and the parade.

The lantern parade was generously sponsored by Thame Cars this year.


Thank you to our 2019 sponsors:

  • Thame Cars (Lantern Parade Sponsor)
  • ASM Auto Recycling (Christmas Tree Sponsor)
  • Park Street Dental Clinic
  • Lucy Electric
  • Risborough Carers
  • 3B Vehicle Hire & Servicing
  • Shout PR
  • Penguin Stu6ios
  • JJ Plumbing & Heating
  • Thame & District Housing Association

All images courtesy of Penguin Stu6ios.