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The 12 days of Christmas Markets in Torquay and Devon

10 January 2023

There is nothing more likely to ignite the festive spirit than attending a Christmas Market. The atmosphere, the smell of hot food and drink and the wonderful gifts really get the festive period underway. Torquay and the surrounding areas host a wonderful array of markets, each with their own unique feel.

1. Winterfest at Torre Abbey

Following the huge success of previous Winter Fests, they will be again hosting this craft and gift fair in the historic setting of the Abbey. Torre Abbey will be filled with stalls selling truly unique crafts and Christmas gifts. You can expect seasonal music, a Christmas trail and some indulgent nibbles and beverages. This promises to be a charming event in the heart of Torquay and the perfect opportunity to dig out those Christmas jumpers and get into the Winter Fest spirit. FIND OUT MORE

2. Torquay Museum Christmas Fairs

Feel festive with TWO Christmas days out for the whole family! With EVEN MORE stalls selling high-quality local products, you can buy all your Christmas gifts and stocking fillers while enjoying the angelic voices of children’s choirs, partake in the yummy festive food and drink from the Museum Café and bar, or join the Education Team for Christmassy crafting for all ages. There will be live entertainment too.  Yule be sorry you missed it!  FIND OUT MORE

3. Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre

Save the date for the return of the much-loved Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2 December 2023. Join in with a fun-filled festive family day out to pick up some beautiful presents and put yourselves firmly in the Christmas mood. FIND OUT MORE

4. Plymouth Winter City

Bringing the festive fun back to the city, Plymouth Winter City is the latest festive event in Devon and a magical day out for the whole family to enjoy.

For a truly magical experience, grab your skates and join us on our undercover real ice rink. Suitable for all ages and abilities, book your timeslot here for a cool activity that everyone can enjoy. With plenty of exciting rides and attractions, an abundance of locally-sourced festive refreshments and a giant Santa’s Grotto, this year’s Winter City is not to be missed. FIND OUT MORE

Exeter Ice Rink

5. Christmas at Lupton House

Come and join in at Lupton House for 2 days of craft stalls and family fun at Lupton House on Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 November 2023. FIND OUT MORE

6. Exeter Christmas Markets

Exeter’s Christmas Markets will run from Friday 17 November – Sunday 17 December 2023.

Taking place on the iconic Cathedral Green, Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is a winter wonderland set among a labyrinth of winding lanes, festooned with fairy lights and laced with the seasonal sights and smells of festive chalets.

Visitors can enjoy delicious global street food, served from pop-up restaurants, cafés and bars, alongside local West Country produce, unique hand-crafted gifts, decorations and much more – all twinkling below the illuminated medieval façade of Exeter Cathedral. There are festive activities and performances including seasonal singing from Exeter Cathedral Choir, to entertain once the shopping is done, as well as free admission to experience awe-inspiring architecture and Advent services inside the Cathedral.

This year’s Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market will be the ninth to be held on Cathedral Green. Since starting in 2013, the event has continued to grow in popularity and is now Devon’s biggest Christmas market, with 100 traders, attracting an estimated 600,000 visitors in recent years. FIND OUT MORE

7. Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint

In its 26th year, Westpoint, Exeter will host its annual Christmas Shopping Fayre from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December 2023.  Each year there is an incredibly diverse range of exhibitors from far and wide who transform Westpoint into an Aladdin’s cave of wonderful gift ideas and essential Christmas items.

Westpoint Christmas Market

It’s a magical few days and we know you will all enjoy the show as much as their many thousands of regular visitors. In their 23rdyear, they’re going to make it memorable with many, many new exhibitors with 100’s of brand new lines, more entertainment to enjoy and look out for the celebrity appearances. Prices are Adults £5; OAP £4; 16 under free. There is also lots of free parking! BOOK TICKETS

8. Brixham Christmas Market

Brixham’s Christmas Market will be incorporated with their ‘Lantern, Lights ‘luminations’ event on 24 and 25 November 2023.  It includes magical events, shopping and Christmas festive fun. There will be hot food stalls and street markets in varied venues across the town. Full details of the event can be found at their website. A full programme of events will be available nearer the time. FIND OUT MORE

9. Kingsbridge Christmas Market

Kingsbridge will celebrate Christmas once again on Saturday 2nd December 2023. so get in the festive spirit and eat, drink, and be merry in Kingsbridge this Christmas… Starting on the Quay, the Farmers Market will kick off the festivities with their fruit & vegetables grown locally, a glistening array of fresh fish, the smell of freshly baked bread still warm from the oven, and meat served by the farmers who tended the livestock. Luscious homemade cakes, a wide range of homemade preserves, cheeses, locally grown flowers, plants, and herbs. Pies, pasties and honey, plus free range eggs, local ale and more. An interesting selection of local craft stalls perfect for gifts and, especially for Christmas, some live music and entertainment.

Local shops will join in with their brightly lit windows and costumed staff, many offering one-off promotions. Stalls will be laden with a wide variety of wonderful gifts and festive treats providing an even bigger and better opportunity to browse and complete your Christmas shopping. All the while street entertainers, local bands and carol singers add to the magical atmosphere throughout the day and a welcome rest will be found in one of the wide range of cafes and restaurants in town. FIND OUR MORE

10. Powderham Michaelmas Fair

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s annual Michaelmas Fair is back for its 20th year and will be held on Thursday 2rd November 2023 from 10am-3pm. A chance to do some early Christmas shopping with many unusual stalls and gifts not found on the High Street. FIND OUT MORE

11. Christmas Fair at Poltimore House, Exeter

With many stalls in both the house and chapel this is one of our most popular events. Products range from high quality gifts to pocket money items. There will be lots of seasonal decorations on offer as well. FIND OUT MORE

12. Plymouth Christmas Markets

Plymouth Christmas Market is the most wonderful place to soak up the holiday atmosphere and find unique gifts for your loved ones! As you stroll through the market stalls, you’ll be serenaded by live music and performances that add to the festive cheer. From local musicians to professional entertainers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. FIND OUT MORE

Plymouth Christmas Market


Please note: Dates, times and events correct at time of publication. We cannot be held responsible for changes to these details.

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