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Christmas near Exeter

Father Christmas dressed in traditional green robes, performing a wassail

Find the best spots to visit Father Christmas in Devon 

Want to meet the jolly man himself? Here's the best places to visit Father Christmas around Devon.

November fairs at Knightshayes

Christmas gift and craft fair

From 15-17 November, Knightshayes's popular fair showcases only the best local, artisan craftspeople and producers. With over 50 stalls selling everything from handmade soaps and jewellery, to prints and chocolate, it's ideal for finding the perfect festive treats.

Step into the sparkling festive mansion this Christmas.

Wreath making at Killerton

Learn the festive art of wreath making with Sarah Pepper using foliage from the Killerton estate. Take home your beautiful creation and use your new talent to make one every year.

Child at Dunster Castle, Somerset

Top Christmas days out in the South West 

Take a look at the top places to visit and festive experiences, from enchanted houses, to fairytale stories and handmade garlands.

Visitors at the front entrance which has been decorated for Christmas at Saltram, Devon

Find a place to visit 

In the South West you're never far from a National Trust garden, house or countryside walk.

Upcoming events

Knightshayes

A traditional Christmas at Knightshayes

Fri 13 Dec 2019
10:00-17:00
No Christmas is complete without a touch of the Knightshayes festive magic. You are invited to see the house in its element as we pull out all the stops to decorate it for a traditional family Christmas with the Heathcoat Amory's.
Killerton

09/12/2019 - 13/12/2019 House Tickets - The night before Christmas at Killerton (11:00am - 11:45am)

Fri 13 Dec 2019
11:00-11:15
See the house decorated for Christmas inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's popular poem 'Twas the night before Christmas'. This ticket is to manage visits around the house only. You do not need a ticket to visit other parts of the estate.
Killerton

09/12/2019 - 13/12/2019 House Tickets - The night before Christmas at Killerton (11:45am - 3:30pm)

Fri 13 Dec 2019
11:45-12:00
See the house decorated for Christmas inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's popular poem 'Twas the night before Christmas'. This ticket is to manage visits around the house only. You do not need a ticket to visit other parts of the estate.
Knightshayes

Knightshayes by Night

Fri 13 Dec 2019
17:00-19:00
From twinkling fairy lights to dancing lasers; discover a hidden world swathed in colour as we bring to life one of the finest garden in the south west, with a bit of festive magic. Enjoy a warm welcome at the house, glowing from within under the...
Castle Drogo

Breakfast in the café and then an audience with Father Christmas in the Library

Sat 14 Dec 2019
10:00-11:40
Have a Full English breakfast in the café before heading down to the castle to meet Father Christmas in the Library. (Breakfast includes a hot drink, juice and vegetarian options are available). Adult £10, child £10 (includes Father Christmas...
Killerton

14 & 15 December 2019 House Tickets - The night before Christmas at Killerton

Sat 14 Dec 2019
10:00-10:15
See the house decorated for Christmas inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's popular poem 'Twas the night before Christmas'. This ticket is to manage visits around the house only. You do not need a ticket to visit other parts of the estate.
Godo Christmas wreath

What's on 

There are hundreds of events happening across the South West, including markets, sleigh rides and carol singing.

Christmas crafts, archaeology and wildlife

Pixie Glen at Lydford Gorge in the winter

Winter walks near Exeter 

Wrap up warm and get outdoors this winter with some walks around Exeter.

Enjoy a winter walk through the park at Saltram, Devon

Ideas for 'Twixmas' in Devon 

Where's best to blow away the cobwebs in between Christmas and New Year? Here are some ideas for things to do after all the festivities - from winter illuminations to great walking spots.

Exmoor

Home to remote and romantic landscapes, including a castle home and a house full of collections.

Devon

Journey from wild coasts, moorland and curious historic houses to lush gardens and beaches in Devon.

Cornwall

You can find exotic gardens, ancient houses and mining history encircled by a much-loved coastline.