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As Christmas 2019 hurtles towards us like a herd of flying reindeer, here is a handful of suggestions of where to see Santa in Devon this Christmas. Being a busy man, some of St Nick’s appearances will be for one day only, while for others the big belly laugh, black boots and bushy beard will be sticking around for most of the holidays.
Selected dates until Tuesday 24th December
The popular petting zoo at Pennywell Farm plays host to a traditional celebration of Christmas, focused around a Nativity play, for which your child can dress up and take part in the show (costumes and directions are provided).
After the performance, every participating child gets to meet Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift. After that, it’s over to the café, where there’s mince pies for the grown-ups, and soft drinks and homemade Christmas biscuits for the kids.
Advanced booking is required, which can be done on the Pennywell website, where you’ll also find admission fees and other details.
Suggested holiday cottage: 2 Court Cottages, Aveton Gifford
Running daily until Tuesday 24th December
Santa’s Grotto at Endsleigh Garden Centre is a magical wonderland of everything festive. It’s almost impossible to not feel Christmassy as soon as you enter this enchanted emporium. Meet Santa Claus on the Blue Diamond Express, receive a present from St Nicholas himself and shop for festive gifts to fill your Christmas stockings.
On selected dates during December there is also the chance to have tea, hot food or cake from 2:30pm. However there are limited spaces left so make sure to book your tickets soon.
Selected dates until Monday 23rd December
You can meet Santa in his magical grotto almost any day leading up to Christmas. The experience begins with a walk through his Lapland workshop and includes nine specially created rooms to explore. Kids get a free gift from the man himself, and there’s a festive drink for adults too.
Booking is essential. For prices and further details, visit the official Christmas at Woodlands page.
14th and 21st December
There’s something so magical about a National Trust property at Christmas time, the beautifully decorated traditional estates, festive storytelling and helper elves on hand to help children write their letters to Father Christmas. This year, Santa will be leaving the North Pole early to visit the Greenway estate for three Saturdays on the run up to Christmas, from 11:30am – 1pm and again at 2pm to 3:30pm. Don’t miss out on this spectacular event, be sure to book in advance. Click here to visit the National Trust website.
Read out blog 4 must-see National Trust properties in South Devon, all of which offer an amazing day out for all the family throughout the year.
14th, 15th and 18th to 24th December
Meet Father Christmas on his special grotto steam train, which runs between Buckfastleigh and Staverton on the South Devon Railway. On board, there’s special entertainment and refreshments for everyone in the family.
The event takes about two hours. Find out more and book online here.
For more festive inspiration, read our Christmas blogs:
At Coast & Country Cottages we have a fantastic range of holiday cottages in South Devon, situated close to festive markets, amazing attractions, beaches and the South West Coast Path. Find the perfect holiday cottage for your festive break by viewing our Christmas holiday cottages.