There are many Christmas Craft Fairs, events, late night shopping and seasonal events in Devon. We have compiled this list so that you can easily pick and choose which ones you would like to do. Let us know how you got on – and what treasures you manage to find, by sharing them with us on our social media pages.
Grosvenor Christmas Craft Fair – Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay 11am-4pm
Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
Join the festivities down at Hannah’s Christmas Craft Fayre. Enjoy discovering the 12 doors of Christmas, or pay a visit to Santa himself. With lots of fundraising activities being held on both days, the Fayre is bursting with community spirit. It’s being held on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November.
19 November to 18 December
Exeter Christmas Craft Fair and Market – Cathedral Green, Exeter
The Cathedral Green, at the heart of the city centre, will be brought to life by this special seasonal Market, with stalls offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items – everything needed for a perfect Christmas celebration and to create a real Christmas buzz at the heart of the city. This will still be open despite the recent fire.
Totnes Christmas Craft Fair and Market 2016 10am-4pm
Visit the southern town of Totnes this Christmas where over 30 stalls will be gathered to provide you with the festive necessities you need this season. Another DIVERSE event, offering shoppers a range of items from stocking fillers to unique presents, the Christmas market will be held in Totnes’ Civic Hall on Saturday 19th November from 10am to 4pm. Last year over 700 people came together to explore what Totnes has to offer.
Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
The Dickensian Evening includes the switching on of the Christmas lights, and an opportunity for people to start their Christmas shop and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Be transported back to the ‘olde world’ with shop owners and their staff embracing the traditional dress, stalls selling roasted chestnuts and even steam engines adding to the atmosphere. The Pannier Market also stays open late for this event, with traders also adding to the atmosphere of the evening by dressing in appropriate attire.
25 November to 28 December
Dartmoor Polar Express
All aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride! Believe the magic this festive season!
PolarExpress-1019Dartmoor Railways Okehampton Station is bringing the magic to life again this Christmas and heading to the North Pole on the amazing Polar Express™ Train Ride. Be sure to arrive on time, the Conductor is waiting and he has a schedule to keep!
26 & 27 November
Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate 10am-4pm
With the mesmerising soundtrack of choral singing all in the magnificent setting of Saltram, prepare for Christmas Day with an endless choice of festive treats to browse at Saltram’s Christmas Fair. Enjoy tasty hot food to warm yourself up while you browse the items on offer or retreat to the Enchanted House for a much needed break among the glorious surroundings.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary this November, Dartmouth’s Festive Weekend will be taking place on the 25th to the 26th where visitors can embrace the cheery festivities. Enjoy live music performed on the bandstand at the Royal Avenue Gardens with a glass of delicious mulled wine and pay a visit to Father Christmas himself who promises to make an appearance in the town.
26 Nov to 21 Dec
Exeter Christmas Craft Fair and Market in Fore Street
Looking for something different to give as a Christmas present this year?
Exeter City Council is once again organising a series of small Christmas Markets in Castle Street and Fore Street in the City Centre in November and December this year.
Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations, Brixham
Brixham will celebrate its Christmas Lights Switch on with a ‘Lanterns, Lights and ‘luminations’ parade.
Friday 25th November until Sunday 27th November
Westpoint Shopping Centre, Exeter
Just outside the city centre, this indoor event is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Westpoint will host an incredible diverse range for all ages, as the shopping centre is transformed from your well-known shopping centre into a magical winter wonderland, where you can browse for all your Christmas essentials. The event runs from, from 9.30am to 5.30pm. £3.50 for adults, £2.50 for over-65s, free for ages 16 and under.
26 November to 24 December
Christmas at Pennywell Farm
Rekindle the true spirit of the season and put the arrival of baby Jesus at the heart of Christmas. An authentic manger scene in a cosy barn with all the animals, followed by a visit to Father Christmas and delicious refreshments. The perfect start to your Christmas celebrations.
Saturday 26th November
Unique Boutique Exeter
Exeter boasts a selection of Christmas-themed markets dotted around the city, however this one is coming to an end this year, so come and wave this market a farewell as you fill your boots with unique and quirky gifts for your loved ones! So gather family and friends, wrap up warm and feel jolly with festive cheer on from 10am till 5pm.
1 to 18 December
Plymouth Christmas Market – City Centre
For just over two weeks, the picturesque city of Plymouth will be flooded by Christmas shoppers, looking for last minute gifts and stocking fillers. This year, Plymouth’s Christmas Market will leave you spoilt for choice with over 50 stalls all housed in pretty log cabins. After an afternoon of shopping, unwind with a glass of mulled wine in the heated seating area of the Bavarian style bar. Choirs will be singing classic Christmas songs every Thursday to Sunday every week during the markets; the perfect festive soundtrack to Christmas shopping.
Santa Express Paignton
During your trip from Buckfastleigh to the North Pole (Totnes), all the children go and see Father Christmas in his wonderful grotto to collect their Christmas present and enjoy a drink and a biscuit.
The grown ups aren’t forgotten: there’s a warming glass of mulled wine or a non alcoholic alternative and a mince pie for each of them. The journey takes an hour and a half to two hours.
All the trains start and finish at Buckfastleigh. This year, Santa’s trains run on 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th and 17th – 24th December inclusive. http://southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam
2 December 5-8pm
Sidmouth Shopping Evening and Christmas Fayre
Sidmouth is hosting a late night Christmas shopping evening on Friday 2nd December – join the festivities from 5 pm until 8 pm.
The town offers a great mix of independent shops and restaurants, so wrap up warm to enjoy everything on offer.
Find your perfect gifts with an abundance of specialist shops; take your pick of unique books, jewellery, toys, cards, collectables, homeware, antiques, clothing and some exclusive offers.
Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
Start your December with some delicious hot food, warm clothes, all while carrying bags full of Christmas-themed goodies bought at Kingsbridge market while they celebrate their 9th year. Farmer’s market with locally grown food alongside live music to enjoy and a craft fair where shoppers will have the opportunity to talk to local tradesman and purchase homemade crafts.
3 & 4 December
Festive Fun at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, West Devon
Come and meet Santa and his helpers, and the Christmas Fire Fairy.
Zak Frost, the Winter Wonderland Wizard will entertain everyone with his magic.
Face painting. Christmas balloon modelling,
Festive food and mulled wine.
All the fun of the Vintage Funfair: Golden Gallopers, Dodgems, Mini Waltzer, Ghost Train, Shooting Gallery, Super Chariot Racer, Childrens rides, stalls and games, Vintage Arcade (using the tokens, at small extra cost).
A Dickens Of A Christmas Fair, Sherwell Valley Primary School Grounds, Hawkins Avenue, Torquay 11am-4pm
Outdoor German Style Christmas market with loads of food and gifts and a Christmasy themed trail for a festive family day out. You can expect amazing food and gift stalls plus children’s train rides, choir singers, christmas music, and a popular christmas trail with Santa’s grotto!
Powderham Christmas Wreath Making, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter
Have fun making your own Christmas wreath in the Castle’s Servants Hall with Sarah Pepper.
Workshops at 10:00-12:30 and 2:00-4:30
£35 per person (includes materials, coffee and mince pies)
Booking essential as spaces are limited on 01626 890243
St Marychurch Christmas Street Party (Midday until 7.30pm, St Marychruch Precinct)
The THHN St Marychurch Christmas Street Party, St Marychurch Precinct, midday to 8pm. A Christmas street party in St Marychurch offering fun for all ages.
10 & 11 December
Christmas Market at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, West Devon
Dingles fairground heritage centre, Lifton
Nestled in the charming village of Lifton, the Dingles fairground heritage centre will be home to a Christmas market with over 30 stalls; selling products from glassware, aromatic candles, home furniture and much more. For a festive day out in truly unique surroundings, head to the centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December with the fun beginning at 10am!
10am-1pm – Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton
Late night shopping in Devon this season
Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30pm on 6, 13 & 20 December
Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 24 November
Plymouth late night shopping – Every Thursday evening
Trago Mills Newton Abbot – Every Thursday until 8pm