We have six top events for Christmas in Devon. It’s not exhaustive, and if you have more, just least a comment or get in touch
Royal William Yard Christams Markets – Plymouth, Devon
Stall holders will be bringing their finest Christmas fare, including personalised cakes, chutneys, truckles of Westcountry cheese, fresh geese, ducks, chickens and of course festive turkeys.
This year there will also be a midweek December market taking place on December 17. A festive evening of celebration with craft stalls offering handmade wreaths, table decor and much more, joining the usual food stalls.
Both Sunday markets, November 2 and December 7, will be held as usual at the Royal William Yard, from 10am to 3pm. The Winter Evening Market on the 17 December will run from 2pm to 8pm.
Exeter Christmas Markets – Exeter, Devon
This year’s Christmas Market on Cathedral Green, will run from Thursday, November 20 until Saturday, December 20.
Cathedral Green, will be brought to life by the market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration and creating a real Christmas buzz at the heart of the city.
The market will represent the best of what Britain, the South West and the rest of Europe has to offer – with a mix of great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations.
Xmas Jumper Day – Plymouth, Devon
Plymouth will host a city wide Christmas Jumper day this year on November 29 to raise money for local children’s charity, “Jeremiah’s Journey“. Staff of Drake Circus, city High Street Champions and shoppers will be encouraged to raise money for the charity by wearing a Christmas jumper and donating at one of the many collection points around Drake Circus shopping centre.
Christmas at Pennywell Farm – Buckfastleigh, Devon
Pennywell Farm will be transformed into a winter wonderland in time for its Nativity plays in December. Pennywell supplies the costumes and organises the whole direction, giving every child (and adult) the opportunity to dress up and star in the performance. They even manage to make sure snow falls at the end of each performance.
After the play, every child meets Santa in his grotto and receives a present. A Christmas film is showing in the Farmyard Theatre between performances and seasonal refreshments of warm mince pies and mulled wine for the adults, home made Christmas biscuits and squash for the children make the visit complete.
You can even meet Santa’s family of reindeer in the Pennywell Farmyard.
The Nativity plays start on December 1 and run until Christmas Eve. Booking is essential and Santa really does need to plan ahead so book now by visiting: www.pennywellfarm.co.uk or call: 01364 642023.
Torquay Boxing Day Swim – Torquay, Devon
Torre Abbey Sands, in Torquay holds a traditional Boxing Day swim every year. The swim takes place right in front of the Grand Hotel, just by the train station.
Entry is free and bravery is essential. What a bracing way to spend Boxing Day!
Bideford New Years Celebrations – Bideford, Devon
Thousands of fancily dressed merrymakers, will be in Bideford to celebrate the New Year. There is an outdoor road show from 6pm, a spectacular firework display and at midnight the bells of St Mary’s church ring in the New Year. Traditionally revelers used to try to run across the 13th century Long Bridge before the sound of the final chime died away. If you can’t get to Bideford, similar Devon antics take place in towns across Devon, including Dartmouth.
(from a press release)