The festive season is finally upon us, and if you are lucky enough to be spending it in Devon there is a whole host of ways to enjoy it. We have compiled a list of some of our favourite events that are on across Devon, so whether you are looking to enjoy the run up to the big day, or find an enjoyable way to spend the period between Christmas and the New Year – we can help!
RHS Rosemoor Glow
See the beautiful gardens come to life at the spectacular night-time light display at RHS Rosemoor Glow for Christmas in Devon. All the family can enjoy the stunning gardens and follow the Glow trail that incorporates both light and sound to bring cherry fun to the grounds of Rosemoor.
Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa at Boringdon Hall
Take the little ones to Boringdon Hall for Christmas in Devon, where they’ll be charmed by a special dance performance, enjoy a Christmassy afternoon tea and then have the opportunity to meet Santa in his grotto. The experience includes festive activities such as gingerbread decorating and each child will receive a gift from Santa himself.
Boxing Day BBQ on the Beach, Clovelly
Enjoy a Christmassy day at a Devonshire beach at the Boxing Day BBQ held annually at Clovelly Village for Christmas in Devon. There’ll be a huge hog roast and live music, with free access to the picturesque fishing village, which usually charges for entry. A brilliant way to walk off the feast of Christmas day and get a breath of fresh air while enjoying a mulled cider or a delicious hot chocolate.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is set to run from November 18 to December 18. It will be a winter wonderland set among a labyrinth of winding lanes, festooned with fairy lights and laced with the seasonal sights and smells of festive chalets. Delicious street food stalls and festive drinks will be aplenty, whilst you will be able to tick many boxes off on your Christmas shipping list.
House of Marbles, Bovey Tracey – Santa’s Grotto
Take your child on a magical trip through a festive winter wonderland where Santa and his elves will be waiting to welcome you into their cosy grotto. Share your Christmas wishes and receive a lovely gift and goody bag, filled with seasonal treats to enjoy. Santa will be in residence at House of Marbles every Saturday and Sunday from November 26 through to Christmas, as well as December 19, 20, 21 and 22.
Ice Skating at Exeter’s Winter Wonderland – 17 November 2022 – 2 January 2023
Take to the ice in the undercover ice rink at Exeter’s Winter Wonderland, and enjoy a spin on the real ice, suitable for all abilities. Booking is essential.
The Donkey Sanctuary – Candles by candlelight – 9th December
The Donkey Sanctuary’s Carols by Candlelight service returns as a live event at its international headquarters in Sidmouth on Friday, December 9. Thousands of candles will illuminate the heart of the Sidmouth sanctuary, creating a truly magical festive atmosphere for the hour-long service which commences at 6.30pm.
South Devon Railway – The Polar Express – November 19 to December 23
All aboard The Polar Express for a magical ride to the North Pole with South Devon Railway. Join the Conductor and his crew as they recreate scenes from the film in the carriages as you journey between Buckfastleigh and Totnes before visiting Santa’s workshop. Tickets must be booked in advance.