Make the festive season magical for your little ones this Christmas with lots of exciting events happening in and around Exeter. Here is our pick of the top 10 family events.

Exeter's Santa Fun Run 2018 

Grab a beard, throw on a Santa suit and get your running shoes on for the yearly Santa Run on  December 2.

Kick off Christmas in style along with hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers from across Exeter and the surrounding area. Age and ability is not a barrier.  So sign up today, bring your friends and family along, and get dressed up to raise some money for a great case.

Exeter Cathedral - 12 Days of Christmas Trail

Grab a trail map and seek out the hidden treasure chests to discover what Exeter Cathedral gave on each day of Christmas, just like the famous song. Take your answers over to the Cathedral shop for a festive gift to take back home with you.

From November 24 -  December 29.

Exeter Northcott - Jack and the Beanstalk

Get ready for a giant family adventure this Christmas with The Northcott.

Expect plenty of laughs, fun, live music and audience participation, this show is perfect for all the family.

Running from December 3 to Janurary 6. 

Magdalen Road Christmas Fair

Get into the Christmas spirit at Magdalen Road’s Christmas fair on December 1 and enjoy a whole host of festive activities, fun for all the family. There will be food and drinks available, live entertainment from bands and singers, fairground rides, opportunities to pick up presents for the loved ones in your life and lots of other festive fun for the whole family. 

Meet Santa in Princesshay

For the first time ever, Santa and a few of his elves will be stopping in Exeter for an Artic adventure that will be magic for all the family. Take a photo in Santa’s sleigh or make and take home a snow globe decoration. 

December 1, 2, 8 and 9. 

Entrance: £4 for child for Santa’s Meet and Greet, including a special gift.

All proceeds to FORCE Cancer Charity.

Late night shopping entertainment

Get into the magic of the Christmas season with Princesshay’s free, festive entertainment this winter.

Come along and get into the festive spirit with Late Night Thursdays, where there will be a number of fantastic street entertainment and displays to really light up your late night shopping experience from balletic aerialist flying high on a gravitating giant balloon, a glow show, , illuminated roller skating presents, a visual show, a real life snow queen in a snow globe and light walkers illuminating the streets.

22 November Heliosphere performing at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm

29 November Halo performing at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
6 December Spark performing at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm
13 December The Living Snowglobe & Lightwalkers performing between 5pm – 8pm
20 December Roller skating presents performing at 5pm, 6pm & 7pm

Crealy Christmas Spectacular

There are nine exciting new events happening this year at the Crealy Christmas Spectacular. You can join Otto the Elf and his toy dog Rusty on their magical Christmas adventure back to the North Pole at the South West’s first ever Christmas on ice show. Head over to Mary’s Christmas bakery where you could Join Mary and her team of merry cookie makers and learn how to decorate festive Gingerbread treats. There’s even a special stop to Santa's Magical Toy Shop where you can choose a special present from over 30,000 brilliant toys and gifts.

Aladdin at Corn Exchange

Join Aladdin and a whole host of classic characters on a magical adventure at Exeter Corn Exchange this Christmas. The show runs from 8 December to 1 January and offers audiences lots of merriment, slapstick fun and silly sing-along songs.

Carols by Candlelight at Donkey Sanctuary

Sing-a-long with some donkeys this December 14 at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Carols by candlelight. There will a host of merry tunes, followed by a 45 minute Christmas carol service. Festive refreshments will be available, as well as the gift shop for lots of lovely Christmas gifts. 

Click here for more information. 

Gruffalo visits Guildhall

Pop down to Market Square at Guildhall Shopping Centre, on December 15 and meet The Gruffalo. You can also have some fun photos as there will be plenty of photo opportunities.

There is a whole array of exciting Christmas events, fun for all ages in Exeter 


Exeter's Santa Fun Run 2018
Participatory Event
Exeter's Santa Fun Run 2018

The great Santa Run is back!  With hundreds of runners, joggers and walkers from across Exeter and the surrounding area taking part this is a great way to kick of Christmas 2018. and a chance to enter our 2.5km Fun Run and join in the Festive Fun by completing the course in your very own Santa Suit.  You can set your own bar, run for fun, run to reach a goal, run competitively, run to be healthy or run to raise awareness.

Exeter Cathedral - 12 Days of Christmas Trail
Exeter Cathedral - 12 Days of Christmas Trail

Purchase a trail map from the Welcome Desk for £2.50 each and seek out the hidden treasure chests. They will tell you what Exeter Cathedral gave on each day of Christmas, just like the famous merry rhyme. Take your answers to the Cathedral Shop for a festive gift to take home.

Exeter Northcott - Jack and the Beanstalk
Exeter Northcott - Jack and the Beanstalk

Get ready for the climb of your life next Christmas, as Exeter Northcott Theatre presents a GIANT of a family pantomime for Christmas and New Year 2018/19. The team behind 2017’s ‘Simply genius’ (Devon Live), smash-hit production of Dick Whittington are back again with a HUGE adventure that’s perfect for the whole family!

Magdalen Road Christmas Fair
Magdalen Road Christmas Fair

This year's Magdalen Road Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 2nd December, 2 - 6pm. The road will be closed and the fantastic shops and restaurants of Magdalen Road will spill out onto the street and be joined by 50 stalls from all over the West Country.

Meet Santa in Princesshay
Meet Santa in Princesshay

The whole family can enjoy a brand NEW Arctic adventure on Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 December and Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 10am-4pm in Princesshay!  Even Santa Claus himself will be joining in the fun and visiting the children (and Mums and Dads) helping to raise funds for Cancer Charity Force.

Christmas (Light Up Late Nights) in Princesshay
Christmas in Princesshay

Come and experience all that Princesshay has to offer in late night shopping and entertainment for the whole family this Christmas. You will be assured of a great welcome and be amazed by great street entertainment for all the family where sparks will certainly fly!

The Donkey Sanctuary Carols by Candlelight
The Donkey Sanctuary Carols by Candlelight

Get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy a special evening of carol singing by candlelight with the sanctuary's resident donkeys and Santa himself. Setting the scene and adding a touch of magic to the evening's proceedings, the sanctuary in Sidmouth will be spectacularly illuminated by thousands of candles. 20 jazz saxophonists from the Saxminster Band will then begin the festive celebrations with a host of merry tunes, before the 45 minute Christmas carol service commences at 5pm in New Barn surrounded by lots of friendly donkeys – who may even join in! There will also be Christmas wish trees in The Hayloft where you can help decorate them with special messages to loved ones, friends or the sanctuary's donkeys and don't forget to purchase

The Gruffalo visits Exeter for Christmas
The Gruffalo visits Exeter for Christmas

Come and meet The Gruffalo in Exeter's Guildhall Shopping Centre this Christmas.  The loveable character from the much enjoyed children's books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Bring your children along anytime from 11am - 3.30pm.  No pre-booking is required or admission charge.



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