Thame lights up

The Thame community comes together from 3.30pm in the town centre for another spectacular Christmas celebration to ring in the festive season on Friday November 30.

With performances from nine local groups and special guests Rapunzel and Tinkerbell, there will be plenty of entertainment. In front of the Christmas tree there will be performances from Thame Music Academy, Stagecoach, Kiera Gabrielle, Thame Choral Society, Thame Concert Band and Thame Players. In the Masonic Hall there will be entertainment from Louise Jane Dance and Thame Youth Theatre and St Joseph’s School Orchestra will perform on the High Street.

Rides & attractions:
Have you found all 24 runaway reindeer around the town? You’ll be able to see them in real life at the Christmas event, and they’ll be bringing along their sleigh for you to take a photo in. This year will see the return of the Snow Globe, but this time it’s bigger and better with festive props and lighting – a perfect opportunity to grab your friends and family to take a fun group photo! Santa has the date in his diary and will be bringing gifts (for those who have been good!) to his grotto. Children can enjoy a ride on the merry-go-round and try to ‘hook-a-Santa’ to win prizes.

Food & gift market:
From personalised gifts and Christmas wreaths, to scented candles and children’s clothing – plus competitions, giveaways and fundraisers – and plenty of refreshments, make sure to give the food and gift market a browse and see what you discover. People can also find mulled wine served by Thame Lions Club and fresh crepes served by Thame & Montesson Twinning Association.

The big switch-on:
Back for the sixth year is the lantern parade in collaboration with Thame Primary Schools that will include card lanterns crafted by local printer, Windles Group. The parade this year will be led by the 594 Thame Squadron Air Cadets.

Join the countdown outside the Town Hall as the Mayor helps the lucky Runaway Reindeer town trail winner push the plunger on the town’s Christmas lights at 7pm. Carol singing will then take place, accompanied by Thame Concert Band, to round off the evening.

Follow the Facebook page ‘Christmas in Thame’ for latest updates.