Things to do with your family around Thame this Christmas

Posted by Thame Cars on Nov 22, 2019 3:28:34 PM

Christmas lights

When the tree & decorations go up in the Thame town centre on Friday 6th December 2019, it’ll be hard to forget how close we are to the big red man coming down your chimney. As well as the traditional celebrations on the day itself, there are plenty of other festive activities going on in the Thame area over the coming weeks.

Here are some of our favourites… 

1) The Christmas Extravaganza (Friday 6th December) 

This is always a great event with thousands in attendance. The town centre roads are closed and cars are replaced with local craft stalls, food and entertainment. There’s plenty to see and do before the lights are switched on at 6:30pm, and the fun starts around 4pm so come along if you can. 

2) The Christmas Town Trail 

You may have spotted pictures of steam trains in various shop windows around Thame this past month. The trail started on November 12 and runs until December 2, so there's still time for children to have a go at following it around the town. There’s more information about the trail and the lights switch on over on the Facebook event page

3) The Santa Dash 

There’s no Thame Santa Dash this year, but there are 3 other 2.5 - 3k festive runs in the local area. Haddenham on December 1stGreat Missenden on the 8th and Wendover on the 21st are the places to go if you want to dress up as Santa and offset some of those mince pies!

4) Carols round the tree in Thame

On 24th December there's an excellent ‘carol’s around the tree’ event just outside the Thame Town Hall. This event has become a firm fixture in the town’s annual events calendar. The Thame Concert Band are returning to keep us all in time and in tune, and the singing commences at 6pm. 

6) Winter Lights at Waddesdon 

From Christmas bauble making to marvelling at the incredible light show in the gardens, Waddesdon Manor is an unmissable part of Christmas for kids and big kids alike. The house is spectacularly decorated and there are plenty of opportunities to tick items off your Christmas shopping list. 

7) Santa’s Grotto at World’s End 

Quite frankly the BEST Santa’s Grotto I’ve ever been to. Tastefully done, the experience through the grotto before you get to meet the big man himself is as stimulating for grown ups as it is for the kids. The event is in Aylesbury about 10 miles outside of Thame and my recommendation is to get there early in the morning (it opens from 09:30am) to avoid the queues. 

8) Santa's Grotto at the Frosts Garden Centre in Millets Farm 

Another Grotto worth looking at and some may say on a par with World’s End. Buckets of Christmas stimulation, and of course as you’d expect plenty of opportunities to part with your cash as you cross yet more gifts of your list. 

9Haddenham Garden Centre

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key than the others, then Haddenham has you covered. As well as the obligatory Santa’s Grotto, the local Rotary Club organise a range of live animals including reindeer for the kids to pet. 

With this number of local activities to indulge in over the next month, Thame really is the centre of Christmas! 

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