When the tree & decorations go up in the Thame town centre this week, 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 10 of our favourites…
This is always a great event with thousands in attendance. This year local resident and Olympic cycling legend Victoria Pendleton is in charge of lighting up the town, pressing the button at 7pm.
There are craft stalls, activities and entertainment, and the fun starts around 4pm so come along if you can. We’ll be there with some freebies as well so look out for us.
You may have spotted pictures of donkeys in various shop windows around Thame this past month.
If you can find all 24 of them on the Donkey Trail, you could be in with a chance of winning the chance to join Vicky P and push the plunger to turn on the lights.
Counteract some of the inevitable overindulgence this month by taking part in this 3km fun run organised by Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.
It starts at 10am outside the town hall and is suitable for the whole family including buggies.
These beautiful services are always packed and it’s advisable to get there early to get a good seat.
2 services run at 3pm and 5pm and you can find out more information here
5) Carols round the tree (24th December)
If you get to the early Christingle service you could also squeeze in the excellent ‘carol’s around the tree’, which 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 outside the town hall.
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.
The furthest journey from Thame of all our activities, but Mead Open Farm has a wide range of Christmas activities and experiences to keep the kids magically entertained.
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.
My recommendation is to get there early in the morning (it opens from 0930) 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.
11) Thame Round Table (December)
Santa will be out doing rounds on his sleigh for 11 nights in the run up to Christmas.
Generous people of Thame and the surrounding villages will be raising money for local causes over the Christmas period.
You can join in the fun by tracking Santa’s here.
Oxford will be filled with festive joy, as the Christmas market returns on the 10th December.
It will be full of lots of festivities from the sounds of the choir singing to the aromas of mulled wine and cinnamon.
With this number of local activities to indulge in over the next month, Thame really is the centre of Christmas!