The 12 days of Christmas Markets in Torquay and South Devon

christmas markets in torquay

Christmas markets in Torquay

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. Christmas at Cockington

In the lead up to Christmas, every weekend in December there will be pop-up family activities.  Music and craft activities to enjoy and all while you browse our galleries and craft studios to find unique, handmade gifts from our quality makers and enjoy delicious treats in our tea rooms. Weekend dates are: 1 Dec – 2 Dec , 8 Dec – 9 Dec and 15 Dec – 16 Dec 2018. 

2. Lupton House – Christmas Craft Fayre

Come and join in at Lupton House for 2 days of craft stalls and family fun at Lupton House on Sat Nov 24th 10 am – 5pm. Sun Nov 25th 10 am – 4pm.

3. Exeter Christmas Markets

Exeter’s Christmas Markets will run from Thursday 16th November until Sunday 16th December. This year the market will focus on the West Front of the Cathedral and will still have a ‘Continental’ feel. It will boast more opportunities to support local businesses and performers. Opening times: Monday to Wednesday the market will be open between 10am and 7pm (bars will be open until 7.15pm), Thursday to Saturday the market will be open between 10am and 9pm (bars will be open until 9.15pm). On Sunday the market will be open between 11am and 5pm.

As usual there will be a mix of local traders plus continental ones, all who will showcase the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. New for this year will be a bandstand with performances from local bands, carol singers and choirs.  You can visit other street markets whilst in Exeter which will be held in Castle Street and Fore Street.

4. Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint

In its 21st year, Westpoint, Exeter will host its annual Christmas Shopping Fayre from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th November 2018.  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. 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 22nd year, 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 £4; OAP £3; 16 under free. There is also lots of free parking!

5. Winterfest at Torre Abbey

Following the huge success of last year’s inaugural Winter Fest, they will be again hosting this craft and gift fair in the historic setting of the Abbey. Torre Abbey will be filled with stalls (thirty!) 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. £2 Entry price includes entry to the Abbey.

6. Totnes Late Night Christmas Markets 2018

The well known Christmas Markets will return to Totnes on Tuesday evenings on 4th, 11th and 18th December 2017 open from 15:30 to 21:30. Totnes market square will again host its diverse and eclectic mix of Christmas stalls ran by market traders. The event will included locally based traders, producers and entertainers. There will be performances from local schools, community choirs, local bands and drummers and will include lantern parades and of course, a Santa’s grotto. Lovely food, local cider and lots of Christmas shopping – what more could you ask for!

7. Brixham Christmas Market

Brixham’s Christmas Market will be incorporated with their ‘Latern, Lights ‘luminations’ event on Saturday 24 November.  FREE Lantern Making workshop in the Scala Hall, Brixham Town Hall from 10am to 1pm. Come along and make your lantern and join in the lantern parade in the evening. Stock of battery operated Tea lights available for £1. Brixham Theatre will be hosting a Festive Café in the Function Room, Town Hall between 10am and 1pm. Christmas stalls, Hot & Cold Food, Live Music and Entertainment from 1pm on the Quay. Grand Fireworks display at 6pm. Christmas Lights Switch On at 6pm. Live Music after the fireworks until 7pm.
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.

8. Lantern Parade and Christmas Street Fayre

Newton Abbot brings you their annual Lantern parade with participating local primary schools processing with their hand made lanterns. Market stalls throughout the town and visiting stalls in (closed to traffic) Queen Street plus Music and street entertainment.

9. Kingsbridge Christmas Market

Kingsbridge will celebrate Christmas once again on Saturday 1st December 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.

Kingbridge Christmas Markets

Kingsbridge Christmas Markets

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. Full details can be found at www.kingsbridgecelebrateschristmas.com

10. Powderham Michaelmas Fair

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity’s annual Michaelmas Fair will be held on 8th November from 10am-3pm. A chance to do some early Christmas shopping with many unusual stalls and gifts not found on the High Street.

11. Christmas Markets at Candlelit Dartmouth

Candlelit Dartmouth 2018 will take place on Friday 30 Nov and Saturday 1st December. There will be a wide range of stalls over both days plus entertainers and musicians, carol singing with the BRNC Volunteer Band and the Britannia Choral Society. Friday will see the official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, Santa arrives by boat. Saturday will start from 10am and will see seasonal workshops including “Candlelit Kids”  plus Santa’s grotto in the Flavel as well as a lantern procession. More details can be found on their website.

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12. Aztec Spa VIP Christmas Event

You are invited to join us in the Aztec Spa for this special festive evening. Come and take a look around the Spa, see ELEMIS BIOTEC in action and maybe pick up a Christmas present or two! Tickets are only £5 and are redeemable against the cost of any of the ELEMIS Christmas Gift Boxes available on the night. You can enjoy a glass of prosecco and canapes, a FREE file & polish or hand and arm massage, goody bag and lots more, including access to our ELEMIS professionals offering expert beauty advice. Buy your ticket NOW! Come and pick one up from the Aztec Spa or call us on 01803 400190.
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Sally Starling

Sally Starling

Marketing Assistant at TLH Leisure Resort
Second generation full 'Torquinian'. Passionate netballer, big fan of the great outdoors and all things unusual.
Sally Starling

2 thoughts on “The 12 days of Christmas Markets in Torquay and South Devon

  1. Maureen boochoon

    Hello,
    My partner John and I will be spending Christmas in Torquay this year in a Premier Inn from the 24th December to 29th December 2017, we were wondering if there will be any where on Xmas day to get a Christmas meal/dinner. Any help, advice will be appreciated please.
    Thank you
    Maureen.

  2. Sally Starling Post author

    Hello Maureen, we usually offer private guests the opportunity to join us for Christmas Day Dinner but we advise you check back nearer the time to confirm this will be on offer again this year. We are sure you’ll enjoy Christmas in the Bay. Thanks

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