Christmas Events in Dartmouth & the Surrounding Area

As the Christmas cheer slowly spreads across South Devon, have a scroll and discover what Dartmouth has to offer this time of year. Perfectly situated on the banks of the River Dart, Dartmouth always has plenty to explore in December, whether that be events, Christmas shopping or watching your favourite Christmas ballet, Dartmouth is the place to visit. 

Christmas at Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh (19th November – 24th December) 

For the perfect Christmas experience, visit Pennywell Farm, not far from Dartmouth and explore their magical heaven with Christmas trees and activities. Take your family to the North Pole and collect your Christmas passport, then your experience can begin, from the Nativity with real animals to the elves sweet shop and meeting Father Christmas. 

The Polar Express, South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh (20th November – 23rd December)

Jump on board South Devon Railway’s steam train for a thoroughly spellbinding journey. Meet the conductor and his crew as you navigate towards the North Pole. As well as the train ride, there will also be a selection of Christmas food stalls to grab your snacks before the show. 

Train of Lights, Paignton (24th November – 30th December)

A must-see show starting in Paignton and travelling to Kingswear. Feel transported through the 450-metre Greenway tunnel as it leads to an enchanted forest, beautifully decorated with lights and feature displays. As you depart at Kingswear, make sure to admire Dartmouth, as reflected lights twinkle on the River Dart.  

Children’s Christmas Craft Fair at The Flavel, Dartmouth (27th November) 

Bring the little ones along to The Flavel in Dartmouth to enjoy a Christmas craft and Santa’s Grotto event. The fundraising team are hosting fun activities, crafting sessions and a chance to meet santa in his grotto to receive your present to take home. 

Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations, Brixham (27th November)

Launched in 2007, this event has snowballed in popularity. A magical lantern parade leads through Brixham, as well as live entertainment, street stalls and a firework display.

Christmas at Woodlands, Dartmouth (27th November – 23rd December) 

Woodlands Family Theme Park have proudly announced the return of their Christmas Grotto, arguably the best grotto in Devon. Walk through intimate, interactive rooms where you are guided by Santa’s elves. Every child will receive a present, reindeer food and sweet treat.

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail at Greenway, Brixham (4th – 31st December) 

Give nature some love this Christmas and join Percy and his animal friends. Follow clues around the garden, completing winter tasks and games to win prizes. 

Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander Trail at Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear (4th December – 30th January)

The same as the above event at Greenway, join Percy and his animal friends as you follow clues around the garden and complete winter tasks and games to win prizes.

Seaside Santa Run, Brixham (5th December)

In aid of Brixham’s food bank, this event starts and finishes at the historical Old Brixham Fish Market on the harbour. After completing the 3k run, treat yourself to a well deserved hot drink and mince pie. Santa costumes are a must!

ROH Live: The Nutcracker, Dartmouth (9th & 11th December)

Head to The Flavel to enjoy the festive family favourite, The Nutcracker. Brought to you live from the Royal Opera House by the incredible Royal Ballet, this screening is sure to get in the Christmas mood. If you can’t make the initial screening, the encore performance is taking place on the 11th.

BRNC Christmas Concert, Dartmouth (10th December)

Join the newly named ‘The Concert Band of Britannia Royal Naval College’ for a night full of festive cheer and Christmas spirit. It’s their first gig since the first Covid lockdown so they’re ready to celebrate with you all.

Stoke Fleming Christmas Tree Festival, Stoke Fleming (10th – 12th December)

Visitors can view the real Christmas trees decorated by Village organisations, raising funds for Dartmouth Caring. Come and enjoy mince pies, Christmas cake and mulled wine all at modest prices.

Christmas Wreath Workshop, Dartmouth (14th December)

Create your own unique Christmas wreath at The Flavel this year with their wonderful workshop. You’ll be welcomed with a glass of mulled wine and a local garden and florist will give a demonstration before you begin.

Christmas Wonderland Illuminations, Torquay (18th – 31st December) 

Add some sparkle to your Christmas and visit Babbacombe Model Village for their illumination evenings. Walk around the model village to admire their miniature seasonal scenes, lights are on from 4pm to 6pm on selected days. 

Santa’s Grotto at Kents Cavern, Torquay (18th and 24th December) 

This year, Kents Cavern has been transformed into The Elf Workshop where visitors can make their own decorations to hang in the Grotto. After hanging your decoration, meet Santa and receive your own wrapped Christmas present. End your visit at the Stone Age Zone and learn about reindeers with colouring sheets and make present tags for the rest of the family.  

If you’re looking for places to do a spot of Christmas shopping in Dartmouth or in the nearby area, be sure to take a look at our blog post here.

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