Photography by Jonathan Hanney
The spirit of Christmas in Devon
As the winter evenings draw near, Christmas is just around the corner. With bright lights, entertainment, festive fun and cheer, we have chosen five of the best ways to enjoy that magical Christmas atmosphere in Devon.
Totnes Christmas Markets
19th November and dates in December
If you’re looking for a more intimate Christmas market, avoid the huge crowds and head to Totnes Civic hall. This magical venue will play host to 30 stalls showcasing a wide selection of unique gifts and crafts. Last year’s event saw 700 people through the doors and with free entry to all, this quaint Christmas market is bound to get you into the festive spirit with stocking fillers and bargains aplenty! Carry on picking up bits and bobs throughout December with the late night Christmas markets in the town square. There's no escaping Christmas in this town...
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
19th November and 18th December
At the heart of Exeter city centre, this picturesque seasonal market is atmospheric and buzzing with excitement. Craft stalls offer unique, handmade gifts and decorations, whilst artisan food producers provide perfect table fodder - everything you need for that perfect celebration!
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25th and 26th November
If you’re looking for a romantic winter event, head to the medieval riverside town of Dartmouth for the beautiful candlelit processions. Set along the river Dart and surrounded by steep wooded hills, the Elizabethan streets come alive with the glow of Christmas each year as a fantastic procession of candlelit lanterns are carried by the town’s children, creating a magical atmosphere that attracts revellers from all over Britain. It’s a sight that will rekindle your inner child’s love of all things festive!
Brixham’s Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations
Celebrate with the vibrant displays in Brixham this festive season as the town is brought to life with a fantastic ‘Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ parade. There’s entertainment, comedy and much more to be enjoyed at this unique event. Visit Santa’s Palace, the Christmas Café or enjoy a bite to eat from the hot street food vendors as everyone gathers to watch the Christmas lights being switched on.
Magical Christmas Journeys
If you’re eager for a Christmas adventure, why not try something different this year and hop aboard the magical Express trains in Devon this festive season. Aladdin and his friends will be aboard the Santa Express in Paignton, where they’ll perform a mini pantomime for passengers before meeting the great man himself – Santa Claus! You can even head to the North Pole by climbing aboard the Polar Express in Dartmoor. Allow yourself to enjoy tasty treats whilst enjoying a fun-filled adventure. When you reach your destination, you’ll be greeted by Santa and his elves – a magical experience for all involved!