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Visitors walking through illuminated Coleton Fishacre garden at night

Festive decorations and family fun in Devon 

The halls are decked and dressed for Christmas, ready for family fun. Find out where you can get into the festive spirit and make memories with your family in Devon.

Killerton House framed by twinkling Christmas trees.

Festive events and illuminations 

We've added a touch of sparkle to special places near you this Christmas, with evening illuminations, glistening decorations, trips back in time and fairy tales brought to life.

Christmas fairs and markets

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming events


Christmas craft & food fair

Sun 17 Nov 2019
Soak up the festive atmosphere and stroll amongst local Christmassy craft and food stalls whilst sipping on a warm glass of mulled wine.
Buckland Abbey

Tasting day in the shop - National Trust all-butter biscuits

Sun 17 Nov 2019
Head to the shop to sample Orange & Almond, Chocolate & Hazelnut, Apple Crumble and Raspberry & White Chocolate all-butter biscuits. These duo packs make the perfect Christmas gift.

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Sun 17 Nov 2019
All hand-made, all local and all you need for Christmas.
Castle Drogo

Drogo 10 Run

Sun 17 Nov 2019
One of the most spectacular cross country races in England. This is a challenging 10 miles up and down the beautiful Teign Gorge. Organised in co-operation with the South West Road Runners. For information and to register contact SWRR on...
Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley History Trail

Sun 17 Nov 2019
Discover more about the hidden history of Heddon Valley with this informative self-led walking trail for adults.

The Christmas flower garland at Cotehele

Sun 17 Nov 2019
When the residents of Cotehele first hung a modest Christmas display in the hall in the 1950s, little did they know how their simple decoration would turn into the magnificent tradition it is today.
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

Family enjoying Christmas walk in the garden at Saltram, Devon

Devon winter walks

Blow away the cobwebs this winter and head out on a bracing walk to explore the amazing countryside, parks and gardens and, of course, the Devonshire coastline.

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.

The house and surrounding garden at Greenway in winter

Why the National Trust looks after places in Devon 

Ever wondered about the history and people behind the places the National Trust looks after in Devon? Read on.


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


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


There are country house estates and glorious Devon gardens, quirky homes and stories to uncover near Exeter