It’s nearly that time of year again, the sweet scent of mulled wine and spiced cider, wrapping up with our loved ones in front of the fire, glistening lights adoring all the towns, cities and villages, and of course, the dreaded shopping excursions! But Christmas shopping needn’t be a drag, we’ve got some of the best Christmas markets here in South Devon meaning getting those lovely gifts for your friends and family can be a real treat for you too! And even if you’re not the type to lavish everyone with gifts but prefer a simpler Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the Christmas markets in Devon too! From freshly cooked hog roasts to foot-stomping music, traditional carols to chocolate smothered crêpes, a Christmas market in South Devon will have all that you need to get into the festive mood! Find out this years Christmas markets in Devon below.

Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green (16th November – 19th December)

Returning once again this year to its stunning position with the backdrop of Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green takes place from Saturday the 16th of November until Thursday the 19th of December. Expect traditional wooden chalets, sumptuous food stalls, Bavarian-style bars, plenty of delightful craft exhibitors and much much more. If you’re heading to the region this festive season, it’s a magical place to do some Christmas shopping in Devon! To find out more about Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green, please click here.

Plymouth Christmas Market (28th November – 19th December)

Enjoy a sparkling winter wonderland in Plymouth this year with their annual Plymouth Christmas Market. The seasonal extravaganza will be on from the 28th of November until the 19th of December and visitors can look forward to a whole array of festivities. Log cabin style trading stalls will be serving up plenty of tasty treats and a wide range of exquisitely crafted gifts and trinkets. For a Christmas market in South Devon you won’t forget, make your way to the Piazza in Plymouth city centre. For further details about Plymouth Christmas Market, please click here.

Candlelit Dartmouth Mayflower 2019 (29th & 30th November)

Candlelit Dartmouth will be bigger and better than ever before this year as it combines with Dartmouth Mayflower 400 to launch the start of their celebrations too! This year’s event is taking place on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th of November. Friday sees the Christmas Market opening up in Royal Avenue Gardens with music and entertainment as well as Father Christmas’ arrival by boat! On Saturday the holiday cheer continues with the market starting back up again at 10am and plenty more going on around the town. A finale lantern procession begins at 5pm, this year led by a large Mayflower lantern. Additional information about Candlelit Dartmouth Mayflower 2019 can be found here.

Totnes Christmas Festival (3rd, 10th & 17th December)

Arguably one of the biggest events of the year for the beautiful town of Totnes, Totnes Christmas Festival is the place to be for a glistening and festive evening out in South Devon. Held on three Tuesdays leading up to Christmas, 3rd, 10th and 17th of December, this seasonal fiesta is one not to miss. From 3pm until 9pm the streets will be lined with twinkling stalls with everything from local food to fashion and gifts. Christmas markets in Devon don’t get much better than this! Please click here if you wish to learn more about Totnes Christmas Festival

Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas (7th December)

On Saturday the 7th of December, the charming waterside town of Kingsbridge in the South Hams welcomes guests from near and far as they celebrate this joyous season! Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas brings together all the family favourite festivities, with stalls from across Devon lining Fore Street, the fabulous Farmers Market on the Town Square, cracking live entertainment and Father Christmas will even be paying a visit. To find out more about Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas, please click here.

Newton Abbot Markets

Newton Abbot Town Centre will be hosting a range of festive events throughout December in the lead up to the big day, most of which will include their fantastic market meaning you can snap up some Christmas goodies!

Victorian Evening (4th December)

Charity stalls, late night shopping, street food, children’s entertainment, live music and so much more will be taking place on the 4th of December for Newton Abbot’s Victorian Evening! For more information about Victorian Evening, please click here.

Lantern Parade and Christmas Street Fayre (11th December)

The Christmas street fair is back in Newton Abbot on the 11th of December alongside the lantern parade where students from local primary schools show their lanterns! Further details about the Lantern Parade and Christmas Street Fayre can be found here.

Mayors Carol Service and Christmas Street Fayre (18th December)

Join the Mayor and the Town Councillors in Newton Abbot for their annual carol service on the 18th of December. The Christmas fair will also be on once again too. Please click here for additional information about the Mayors Carol Service and Christmas Street Fayre.

Can’t get to South Devon? Bring it to you!

And if you can’t make it to South Devon at all over the festive period, why not bring a little piece of the region to you?

Devon Heaven

Devon Heaven offer sumptuous food and drink hampers from this gorgeous county. Perhaps a cream tea hamper would make a lovely gift for a loved one or you could grab a Christmas hamper with all your favourite local Devon produce to treat yourself, delivered straight to your door, it’s the perfect way to get a slice of Devon if you’re unable to make it to the county yourself! To discover more about Devon Heaven and order your delightful hamper, please click here.*

If it's places to meet Santa that you're looking for this Christmas, be sure to check out where he'll be in our other blog post here and for Christmas fairs in South Devon, please click here

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