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It’s the season for wrapping up warm and heading out to the bright lights that fill the region, boasting an array of Christmas stalls selling unique trinkets to fill stockings. Christmas markets in South Devon punctuate the festive calendar, and you will find many towns and villages celebrating Christmas, featuring locally-made presents and locally-sourced foodie gifts to indulge in before you buy. Our team of experts picked their top Christmas markets in South Devon, selected for their ambience and festive gifts.
Saturday 16th November – Thursday 19th December | 10am – 9pm
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Exeter, with the city’s Cathedral Christmas Market glistening once again. Featuring an abundance of candy canes, scented wreaths, local tipples and indulgent treats, you can easily loose track of time at this bustling event, boasting an array of street food and a beer tent. Inspired by German markets, explore the traditional wooden chalets aglow, cosy beer tent and as the musical backdrop of carols singers outside the cathedral warms your festive spirits.
Saturday 23rd November | 1pm – 7:30pm
Brixham’s Lanterns Lights and ‘luminations is an enchanting Christmas extravaganza. Expect fireworks, a beautiful lantern parade, stunning festive lights, delicious street food and live entertainment – you’ll be positively spoilt for choice at this winter wonderland. The only issue is, you may not want to leave.
Salcombe Rugby Football Club
Sunday 24th November | 10am – 4pm
Salcombe Rugby Football Club is at the heart of Salcombe’s friendly community, so where better to gather loved ones together than at one of the town’s most magical, social events. With small local businesses popping up their festive stalls full of hand-made decorations, bags of Cranch’s sweets, kids clothing and so much more, Christmas stockings will be full to the brim this year. Click here to visit their Facebook page for more details.
Thursday 28th November – Thursday 19th December | 9am – 5:30pm
Plymouth Christmas Market is a festive wonderland where you can ice skate, listen to gospel choirs singing, enjoy a warming tipple, indulge in local food and purchase some last minute gifts to fill the stockings. Discover the eclectic stalls under the beautiful twinkling lights, which transform you to a world of all things ‘merry and bright’. Our favourite part about this magical market is the popular ice skating rink, where local figure skating teams regularly perform short routines during the event to get you in the festive spirit.
The Oyster Shack, Bigbury
Saturday 30th November | 10am – 3:30pm
The Oyster Shack is one of South Devon’s most-loved, secret seafood restaurants, and this year they will be hosting their Shack Christmas Market. Boasting 20 stalls, their very own shack shop and deli, decorated in true Christmas style, it’s almost impossible not to feel festive! Our favourite part of this magical event is their Shacky Raffle, with all proceeds going to The Wave Project. You can easily loose track of time here, so fill your tums with hot crab soup, teas, coffees, hot chocolate and mulled wine to keep you warm and toasty. Or, why not book a table for lunch, available from 12pm – 3pm, for a sit down meal?
Totnes High Street & Civic Hall
Tuesday 3rd, 10th and 17th December | 3:30pm – 9pm
The popular market town of Totnes, with medieval cobbled streets and the River Dart on the doorstep, it’s a magical place at Christmas, warmed by food stalls, a lantern parade, Santa’s Grotto and enchanting local entertainment. With approximately 50 stalls, Totnes sees a high influx of visitors creating an energetic atmosphere – the town quite literally lights up! Walnuts roasting on an open fire, hot chocolates positively brimming with lashings of cream and marshmallows, traditional citrus wreaths – we simply can’t wait. So, get your cosiest knits to wrap up warm and be enchanted by the best of Christmas time. Click here to find out more about Totnes Christmas Market.
Thursday 5th December | 5pm – 8pm
This year Dartmoor Zoo will be hosting their sustainable Christmas Craft Fair, so you can buy gifts with a difference. Perfect for eco warriors, or those just wishing to reduce their Christmas waste, discover a wonderland of eco-friendly, hand-made gifts using recycled materials. It’s not December without mulled wine and mince pies, so be sure to head to the restaurant to indulge in some festive treats afterwards.
Kingsbridge High Street
Saturday 7th December | 9am – 6pm
Relish this joyous community’s atmosphere and head to Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas. With a number of events taking place throughout Fore Street and the Town Square, this Christmas festival is more than just a market. See Father Christmas himself, watch local artists perform live entertainment, plus walk through a dazzling display of Christmas lights. Once you’ve seen what the rest of the festival has to offer, head to the markets to browse a series of pop-up stalls and buy gifts from a host of food, drink and craft producers.
The Shops at Dartington
14th – 15th December | 9:30am – 5:30pm
Some of the best makers in the South West will congregate at Dartington’s festive emporium. With an eclectic mix of gifts and decoration ideas, this two day event is best described as a place to ‘stop, eat, drink, shop, play and enjoy’! Whether you’re looking for a Dartington Glass gift set, unique jewellery, kids toy or delicious Devon treat, there’s something for everyone. Click here to find out more about Dartington’s Christmas fair.
Throughout central Dartmouth
29th – 30th December | 4pm – 8pm
The historic harbour town of Dartmouth comes alive during Candlelit Dartmouth, marking the beginning of the countdown to Christmas. The market stalls, mainly in Old Market Square and Royal Avenue Gardens will be selling gifts and serving delicious food and drink, including mulled wine to warm your cockles. Enjoy the musical backdrop on the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens as you potter around the stalls, as well as communal carol singing by the Christmas tree. Friday will see the ceremonial switching on of the Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa by boat at the Quay. On Saturday, Dartmouth is lit up with the procession which will be led by a large Mayflower lantern, followed by small boat lanterns made by children and families in the area. Why not get creative and join in with your very own lantern amidst this beautiful festive spectacle?
To find out more about this fantastic event, read our blog ‘Candlelit Dartmouth 2019’.
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At Coast & Country Cottages we have a fantastic range of properties perfectly situated to make the most of the region’s festive events. From apartments and houses nestled in the town centre, to chocolate box thatched properties, South Devon is a wonderland during the winter period. With some excellent offers available this season, be sure to book your winter escape now.