Christmas is upon us! It’s time to put the tree and decorations up, fill up on the mince pies and discover what Exeter has to offer this festive season…

Late Night Shopping

Plenty of shops will be staying open until 9pm every Thursday until 21st December. This is the perfect chance to grab an early evening dinner, then search for the perfect gifts for your loved ones.


Princesshay Events

‘Spark!’ will entertain late night shoppers on Thursday 7th December at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm, starting in Princesshay square. This 30 minute show includes drumming and kaleidoscopic lighting to spread the Christmas cheer.

Cathedral Christmas Market

The much-loved Christmas market has returned to the Cathedral Green until Sunday 17th December. This year the market is organised by Exeter Cathedral, featuring largely local traders with unique, hand-made gifts. For the ultimate Christmas feel, visit the market in the dark! It’s open until 7pm Monday – Wednesday, and until 9pm Thursday – Saturday.

Pantomimes in Exeter

It’s not Christmas without a panto is it? Exeter Corn Exchange will be bringing a pantomime to the main stage once again. Cinderella is running from Saturday 9th December until Monday 1st January.

Watch Dick Whittington at Exeter Northcott Theatre from Saturday 2nd December 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018.

Catch Beauty and the Beast at Barnfield Theatre from Thursday 21st December until Saturday 6th January 2018.

Beauty and the Beast

Festive lunches

It’s essential that we make time to see our friends during the busy Christmas period. Going for a festive lunch is the perfect opportunity to catch up with people and exchange presents before the big day. Book your meal at the Southgate Hotel, where you can have a two-course lunch for £17.95 or three courses for £19.95. If you’re looking for a place that strays away from the traditional Christmas lunch, visit The Stable for pizza, pies and cider! For two courses you’ll pay £19 and for three courses it’ll cost £24.

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Christmas with the Lord Mayor

On Thursday 14th December, Christmas with the Lord Mayor will be held at The Guildhall. Between 5pm and 8pm there will be a Santa’s grotto, mulled wine and carol singers. This event is free to join, kindly asking for charity donations on the day.

This Christmas event is in aid of the Lord Mayor’s Charity, Age UK Exeter. The Charity is ‘committed to helping people love later life.’

Festive Afternoon Tea

Like we need another excuse to indulge in an afternoon tea, right? Well now we have one! Many hotels and restaurants around the city offer a Christmas themed afternoon tea. Check out what they offer at Exeter Golf and Country Club and Hotel Du Vin!

Events at the Guildhall Shopping Centre

There are plenty of events happening at the Guildhall Shopping Centre this December that everyone will enjoy.

The Exeter Chiefs Pop-Up Shop is now up and running at Market Square, fans will be delighted to hear that they can buy official merchandise up until 23rd December.

To feed your appetite whilst you shop, Street Food at Guildhall Shopping and Dining has returned until 23rd December. This food is perfect for on-the-go whilst you finish off purchasing those last minute Christmas gifts!

On 7th December, join the Salvation Army and sing your favourite Christmas carols. If you’re still not feeling festive, we bet this will! The service starts at 7pm at Market Square.

You’d be silly to miss these Christmas events for the children at the Guildhall! On 9th and 10th December there will be a Toy Fair for the kids to play with this year’s best toys, they’ll even get the chance to meet Santa and have their face painted! Also don’t miss the chance to meet Paddington Bear on 19th December between 11am and 4pm, keep an eye out for the marmalade workshop too!

Carnival Christmas at Las Iguanas

Book a table at Las Iguanas to catch up with your friends before Christmas. They serve 2-4-1 cocktails every day, plus they have an exciting menu costing £19.95 for two courses or £24.95 for three!

Alpaca Punch

Merry Christmas from the Visit Exeter Team!


Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral West Front

Medieval cathedral. Fine example of Gothic Decorated style. Longest unbroken stretch of Gothic vaulting in the world. Image screen on West Front, Minstrels' Gallery and tombs. Expert guided tours, trails and activities for the family

Exeter Corn Exchange
Event Venue
Exeter Corn Exchange

The largest venue in Exeter city centre, Exeter Corn Exchange is probably the ideal location for your event - whatever it may be.

Exeter Barnfield Theatre
Exeter Barnfield Theatre

A varied programme of events, alternative theatre and concerts. An intimate atmosphere. Bar and cafe.

Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter Northcott Theatre

The Exeter Northcott Theatre has been the home of high-quality professional theatre in Exeter and Devon for 50 years. The varied programme includes drama, dance, opera, ballet, music, workshops, community and educational events.

Mercure Southgate Hotel
Southgate Hotel

The Mercure Southgate Hotel is an ideal base for both the business and leisure traveller. Close to what all the city centre has to offer. An outstanding blend of traditional English style and modern living.

The Stable
The Stable

Exeter you lucky folk, we’ve got the finest pizza, pies salads, cider and beers known to man, lady and dog. Outdoor heated rooftop terrace complete with two caravans!

Hotel Du Vin
Hotel Du Vin

Take a step inside this iconic building, formerly the West of England Eye Hospital, where historic walled gardens and striking architecture create the backdrop for a truly special experience.

Wear Park Restaurant at Exeter Golf and Country Club
Wear Park Restaurant at Exeter Golf and Country Club

Located on the ground floor of our Georgian manor house, with views across the putting green and 18th, you can choose to dine in the bar, restaurant or outside on the veranda or terrace. The relaxed elegance of the restaurant means it’s the perfect choice for lunch with friends or during a spa day at Wear Park Spa. The restaurant is also popular for more formal occasions such as annual dinners, Christmas celebrations and weddings. We have private dining options available.

The Guildhall Shopping Centre
Outdoor Market
The Guildhall Shopping Centre

From fashion to food, to booking that perfect family holiday, everything you need can be found at Guildhall Shopping Centre, being home to brands such as Sainsbury’s, Wilko, Primark, WH Smith, Superdrug, Mothercare and Jigsaw, amongst others. Whilst shopping, don’t forget to check out the eight new restaurants at Queen St Dining!

Las Iguanas Exeter
Chicas Cocktail Club

Las Iguanas Exeter is home to fresh & authentic Latin American food & cocktails. Here you’ll discover the finest Latin American dishes with unique flavour blends & inspiring recipes from Brazil, Mexico, Peru and beyond. The menu comes to life with quality, fresh ingredients, cooked with passion, love & lots of Latin magic. Eat Latin, Drink Latin!



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