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 the stockings. South Devon will be celebrating Christmas in many towns and villages, 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 for their ambience and festive gifts.
Totnes Christmas Market
Set in 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, twinkling lights and local entertainments. With 50 – 60 stalls throughout the main street and Civic Square, Totnes sees a high influx of visitors creating an energetic atmosphere. This late-night shopping event will take place the first three Tuesdays of December 2017 from 3:30pm – 9:30pm.
The historic harbour town of Dartmouth comes alive during the 24th and 25th November 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 of hundreds of willow and tissue 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?
Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
On 2nd December, relish this community 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 and local artists set up for 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 some gifts from a host of food, drink and craft producers.
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