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5 Great Festive Activities in Torquay this Christmas

27 November 2019
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Great activities in Torquay this Christmas

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.  Taking place on Saturday 16th November 2019, 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.

christmas lights switch on torquay
Christmas lights switch on in Torquay

2. Lovely Lanterns

The Annual Candlelit Dartmouth Weekend will take place on Friday 29th November and Saturday 30th November 2019.  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.

Lovely lanterns at last year's Candlelit Dartmouth - Images courtesy of MiraclePR
Lovely lanterns at last year’s Candlelit Dartmouth – Images courtesy of MiraclePR

3. Santa Claws Christmas Special – Torquay Dinosaur World

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 21st December to Sunday 5th January – except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and New Year’s Day. From 11am – with last entry at 3.30pm – close at 5pm.


South Devon Railway

4. Fun-packed Christmas Events at the South Devon Railway

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!

Christmas Lunch – Dining trains at Christmas are always popular and enjoyed by all those who attend. These are normally held in mid-December.

Carols Down the Line – Come and sing carols on a steam train on the SDR! These trains normally run in mid-December.

There are more details to follow but visit their website to keep up-to-date or call  01364 644 370. 

5. Santa’s Elves and the Shoemaker

A great little theatre to what the festive treat! Taking place at the Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, the show is ideal for age 2+ from CBBC TV writer and children’s author, Ian Billings. The show includes original songs by Richard Lamming and energetic choreography, audience participation and gifts for all of the Children. Show dates and times: Saturday 30 November 12pm and 3pm & Sunday 1 December 11am and 2pm.

You can buy tickets now or visit their website for more details.

Where to see Santa in Devon?

Don’t forget to check out our fantastic range of breaks over the Christmas and New Year period or why not celebrate Christmas early, with one of our Tinsel and Turkey breaks.

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