Christmas is always a busy time as there are so many great activities and festive events in Torquay and the surrounding areas. With lots to choose from, we’ve listed some of the best ones we can find, to really get the festivities started!
1. Torquay Christmas Carnival Procession
Father Christmas arrives 11.30 am at Fleet Walk. The Carnival Procession leaves Lymington Rd coach station at 4.45pm arriving at Castle Circus approximately 5 pm. Plus there’ll be the traditional floats, walkers and Miss Torbay in the procession bringing the Carnival to Christmas in South Devon! This is followed by the Christmas lights switch on.
The Annual Candlelit Dartmouth Weekend will take place on Friday 30th November and Saturday 1st December 2018. Candlelit Kids will take place at the Flavel including craft workshops, advent story-telling and Santa’s grotto.
Saturday includes the lantern parade and the arrival of Santa Claus in the Boatfloat. Candlelit Kids would not be complete without Santa and we’re pleased to say he’ll be waiting in his grotto at the Flavel to meet the children with a customary “ho-ho-ho!” and a sack full of presents. Entry to the grotto is £2.50 per child and includes a gift from Santa. Please book in advance at the Flavel or or come early to avoid disappointment.
The fabulous lantern parade is a beautiful and atmospheric sight, which starts from the Old Market Square and travels through the town – led by the Blackawton Morris Dancers – and arrives at the Royal Avenue Gardens. Children and families parade their lanterns and musicians and entertainers will add to the spectacle. Also on Saturday is the Best dressed Christmas dog competition at the Bandstand. For the full programme of events, see their website.
A fantastic event right on your doorstep this year is Occombe farm’s Tots Club Christmas. Taking place from 17 – 21 December 2018, for children up to 5, it starts with some festive story telling warm by the fire, complete a glittering Christmas trail and then finish off with some Christmas crafts. Price: £5.00. Suitable for: Toddlers-5 yrs old, babies can come at no charge. If baking is more your thing, why not join the Gingerbread House Workshop on 9 December or their Foodie Gift Making for Families on the 24th November. Get Christmas off to a festive start with a morning or afternoon of edible gift making for big and little kids. Make seasonal treats like reindeer poops, angel’s snowdrops, carrot muffins (for Rudolph) and decorate gingerbread hearts and stars for your tree! Morning session 9.30am – 11.30am and Afternoon session 1.00pm – 3.00pm. Price: £20.00. See their website for all upcoming events.
Visit the dinosaurs in their winter homeland, get up close and personal with these amazing creatures, discover incredible fossils, and take the Santa Claws Christmas Quiz to win your present from the dinosaurs – a FREE bag of 160-million-year-old fossils!! Every day from Saturday 22nd December to Sunday 6th January – except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. From 11am – with last entry at 3.30pm – close at 5pm.
Santa-by-Steam – Father Christmas comes and sees the South Devon Railway every year and they are delighted to say that he, and all his singing elves, will be back again this December! We are delighted to announce that on 18 December, following many requests from passengers, there will be an additional special evening train, which boards at 5.45pm, for those who would like to experience the magic of travelling by steam train in the dark! You can book now online, or via phone on 01364 644 370.