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…
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.
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
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 1st, Great 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!