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December events in Devon

Get into the festive spirit in Devon this December with plenty of Christmas events and activities going on across the county.

From Bideford to Brixham, Devon is getting in the festive spirit this December. The county offers up plenty of xmas-related activities to keep you busy whilst staying in your holiday cottage. With the infamous Polar Express Tram ride at Seaton Tramway, the Christmas Wonderland at the BIG Sheep and the Christmas Grotto in Plymouth, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy. For a quieter visit, take a wander around the enchanted Saltram house to see the magic and splendour of the property at the best time of the year or catch the last of the Christmas markets for this year.

If you happen to get the worst of the weather or you don’t fancy braving the cold, why not stay in? You can use the wonderful facilities at your fingertips to get baking some festive treats or have a go at some leftovers recipes ready for Christmas day.

Whatever you choose here are some of my top picks of events in the county in December:


Enchanted Saltram

All month

Follow the illuminated trail through the gardens and explore the enchanted rooms of the house this December.


Festive Good Food and Craft Market

1st, 8th and 15th

Take your pick of some unique gifts to give your loved ones this year at the Royal William Yard in Plymouth.


Polar Express Tram Ride

1st - 24th

Head to Seaton Railway this December and enjoy the magical tram ride to Santa's home in the North Pole while sipping on a hot chocolate and nibbling on something sweet.


Woollys Christmas Wonderland

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 22nd - 24th

Meet Santa at The BIG Sheep and watch the Elves preparing for the big day!


Santa by Steam

7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th - 24th

Join the South Devon Railway in one of their traditionally decorated carriages in the run up to Christmas this year. Enjoys a festive refreshment as you watch the Devonshire countryside pass by the window. Did we mention Santa has his own grotto carriage?


Christmas at the Model Village

21st Dec - 2nd Jan

Find the hidden Santa's in the models and whistle along to Elves' Christmas tunes as you explore the creative scenes and gardens.


Boxing Day in Clovelly

26th December

Join Clovelly in their Boxing Day BBQ at the Red Lion. Be part of the festive spirit while sipping on a glass of mulled cider or hot chocolate and enjoying the BBQ feast.


Mince Pie Specials

27th Dec - 1st Jan

Enjoy a mince pie as you watch the world go by, on one of the South Devon Railway steam trains.


Choose a Devon holiday cottage to enjoy all the fun and festivities of the county this December.

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