Christmas & New Year in Devon

Devon is a wonderful place during the festive season with plenty to see and do for both children and adults - even if the weather isn't that great!

Whilst we are unlikely to get snow here for Christmas, we can offer very pretty autumn walks and scenery. There are a host of festive activities to enjoy too. Here a just some of the events happening this year.

The National Trust Killerton Estate just a few miles from us are putting on a park-wide lights display and running a Percy the Park Keeper trail for little ones during the day. Whilst not technically in Devon, but only just over the border into Somerset, Hestercombe Gardens are running ILLUMINATE. Ticket must be booked for both these events

Try a Festive River Cruise

Stuart Line Cruises at Exmouth are running their Special Festive River Cruise throughout November, December and January. 

Go on a Steam Train 

Chug along on the Dartmouth railway Train of Lights or join the South Devon railway's Polar Express!

Visit the Donkeys

The Donkey Sanctuary is offering a trail called Follow the Glow this Christmas. Children will love running around in their acres of space and saying Happy Christmas o the donkeys!

Shop the Christmas markets

You have plenty to choose from here in Devon with markets outside Exeter Cathedral, the Saturday market in Topsham, late night shopping in Sidmouth on Friday 3rd December and Axminster Indoor Christmas Market on Sunday 19th December.

See a Christmas Show

Our local theatres are all running Christmas shows, events and pantomimes. With A Christmas Carol and What the Ladybird Heard plus heaps more showing at the Northcott Theatre, nostalgic cinema at The Beehive in Honiton and local theatre groups putting on Christmas shows, you are spoilt for choice.

Join a workshop

Make wreaths and all manner of other decorations at Cotley Farm's workshops. Exeter Phoenix is also running festive workshops. 

Please note that the majority of these events require advance booking. 

Enjoy the magic of a Lights display