Devon is a beautiful place to visit throughout the year but over the Christmas period, as the twinkling lights turn on, the fires get lit and the trees go up, things get really magical! Whichever of our farms you are staying on, if you are looking for a festive trip in the Devon area we have some great recommendations for where to spend your day:
Exeter Christmas Market
Exeter Christmas Market is located on the green of the impressive Exeter Cathedral which boasts some of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere. The market is wonderfully atmospheric and showcases a wide range of local, regional, national and international suppliers. Offering crafts and gifts, and seasonal food and drink, the market is set in a festive labyrinth of winding lanes, all accompanied by a programme of live entertainment.
RHS Rosemoor Gardens
It’s time to Glow! RHS Rosemoor Gardens offer an evening of enchantment in their beautifully decorated gardens featuring their dazzling new light displays. Marvel at Rosemoor’s majestic gardens sparkling this festive season and follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail.
Olde Father Christmas at Buckland Abbey
A very special visitor will be popping into Buckland over the Christmas period to spread some festive cheer, as Olde Father Christmas tells tales of Christmases gone by. Dressed all in traditional green, audiences will be spellbound as Father Christmas uses his magic to harnesses the power of a snow dragon! With stories, magic and gifts, this is a Father Christmas not to be missed this year!
Exmouth Festive Cruise
Take time out of the busy festive season to sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas in Devon on the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe. The festively decorated boats have covered and heated lower decks, with cosy blankets, plenty of fresh air and great views on their upper outside decks. You will have a warm welcome with a glass of proper homemade mulled wine and a tasty warmed minced pie to enjoy whilst you sit back and take a breather from the busy Christmas season.
North Devon Christmas Village
2021 marks the first year of North Devon’s Christmas Village and they have certainly opened with some excellent tempters to ensure you savour your festive visit with an incredible real ice rink combined with pop-up shops from local traders, great food and entertainment. You even have the chance to meet Santa before the big day!
Join The Donkey Sanctuary’s magical star on a journey of discovery, shining a light on the stories of donkeys all around the world. Follow the star that lights the way, then fill in the clues to claim your prize. You’ll finish the trail at the ‘Glow Room’, where you’ll discover a fairytale ending for three little donkeys, Gilly, Holly and Snowy. With hundreds of adorable donkeys to meet, there’s so much to explore with your own herd.
Christmas at Saltram
Christmas is the perfect time to see the well loved story of The Nutcracker brought to life within the beautiful Saltram House. All the way into January the house will tell the well loved story of The Nutcracker through some of its grandest rooms being transformed into a magical fairytale forest with decadently decorated trees and magical interventions to make the house feel alive.