Festive Fun in Devon

Festive Fun in Devon
You might associate Devon with sunshine rather than snow for most of the year, but it can also be a magical place to get into the Christmas spirit. With stacks of festive events, year round attractions and even a realistic chance of snow up on Dartmoor, it really is a great family destination. Add in our fantastic off peak rates for cottages and you have the makings of a magical –and affordable - family holiday.

Whether you’re looking to get Christmas shopping done early with unique Christmas gifts, or just fancy a family day out, here are some of our favourite winter attractions in Devon:

Torquay Christmas Sparkle and Lights Switch On (15th November, 11am - 6.30pm)

Featuring street entertainers, live music and a firework display finale, this free event is always a lively way to get into the festive mood. You’ll also find reduced parking rates for the day, which is free to attend. Find out more..

Exeter Christmas Market (20th November - 18th December)

You simply couldn’t find a more fitting backdrop for a festive market than Exeter Cathedral. Fabulous local produce and refreshingly different crafts and creative gifts are on show from a wide range of local and European stall holders each year. And if it gets a tad chilly, there’s always the temptation of mulled wine and chestnuts. Find out more..

Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations, Brixham (Sat 29th November, from 2.00pm)

A Christmas light show with a big difference, this Brixham event showcases creativity and green values in equal measure. Recycling is the central theme in this year’s display of brilliant lights and ingenious lanterns. You could have a go yourself, join revellers in fancy dress, or just soak in the atmosphere of the show, which features a lively programme of entertainment and firework display. On the same weekend you’ll also find Brixham Christmas Market at Scala Hall (TQ5 8TA), featuring local crafts and a fairtrade café. Find out more..

Christmas at Babbacombe Model Village (13th December - 2nd January, open 12:00 - 7pm daily)

Celebrating the essence of Christmas on a different scale, the Model Village is transformed into a winter wonderland every December. Whether or not there is snow or in Devon, you’ll find a world in white here, complete with Santa’s Grotto for the kids to visit, and even a mini ski run for the little ones! Find out more..

Image courtesy of Babbacombe Model Village.