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Santa in Devon - Pennywell Farm

As Christmas 2021 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.

Christmas table with festive decorations in South Devon holiday cottage

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3 magical places to see Santa in Devon:

Use the quick links below to find out where to see Father Christmas in Devon, or continue reading for an overview of things to see and do this festive season.

    1. Pennywell Farm
    2. Train of Lights, Dartmouth Steam Railway
    3. Polar Express, South Devon Railway

Meet Father Christmas at Pennywell Farm

Selected dates from Friday 19th November until Friday 24th December

Santa in Devon at Pennywell Farm

The popular 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, head over to Noah’s Barn where there’s mince pies for the grown-ups, as well as soft drinks and homemade Christmas biscuits for the kids. After that, it’s over to the elves sweetshop where there will be a bag of yummy candy waiting for every child.  You’ll then be able to experience getting up close to the wonderful animals – a great opportunity to stroke Pennywell Farm’s famous miniature piglets! What better way to draw your day at Pennywell Farm to a close than by meeting Santa in his grotto? With a present for every child, and so much to see and do, the whole family are sure to have a great day.

Experience the magic at Pennywell Farm this Christmas.

Advanced booking is required, which can be done on the Pennywell Farm website, where you’ll also find admission fees and other details.


Meet Santa on the Christmas Train of Lights 

Friday 3rd – Thursday 23rd December

You can meet Santa on the magical Train of Lights this December. Dartmouth Steam Railway’s award-winning Christmas Train of Lights is a must-see event in the Devon festive calendar. 

The illuminated journey starts at Paignton Station, where you will board the steam train decorated with thousands of lights inside and out. The spectacle starts at Churston station, taking you through an illuminated Greenway tunnel, an enchanted forest of lights and the twinkling scenes of Dartmouth towards Kingswear, before returning to Paignton. Santa and his helper will visit each person on the return journey where each adult and child will receive a gift from Father Christmas himself.

Booking is essential. For prices and further details, visit the Dartmouth Steam Railway website.


Meet Santa on The Polar Express with South Devon Railway

Selected dates from Wednesday 20th November until Thursday 23rd December

Hot Chocolate on the Polar Express Buckfastleigh

Prepare for a magical adventure with South Devon Railway, where you can immerse yourself in your favourite festive film, The Polar Express. On board, entertainment lasts for an hour, however 20 minutes before boarding there’s Christmas food and drink stalls and a pre-show to kick-start your festive trip. Expect to be positively transformed to a world of festive fun as you head to the North Pole! The conductor will hole punch your ticket as they do in the film and provide wonderful Christmas entertainment alongside the crew – singing chefs to be expected. Indulge in delicious cup of hot chocolate and a freshly baked cookie before meeting Santa, who will give the first gift of Christmas to the children on board – a sliver sleigh bell.

After the magical adventure you can visit Santa’s workshop where the elves will be waiting for you. Experience the magic as this special Christmas steam train runs between Buckfastleigh and Staverton on the South Devon Railway. 

All together, the event takes about two hours. Find out more and book tickets to meet Santa in Devon at the South Devon Railway website. 


For more festive inspiration, read our Christmas blogs:

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Christmas Cottage Breaks in South Devon

At Coast & Country Cottages we have a fantastic range of family friendly 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 and don’t forget to meet Santa in Devon.

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