Christmas in Exeter is a magical time with plenty to do with your family and friends. This year will be better than ever, with all the festive favourites such as the Christmas markets, late night shopping and pantomimes going on across Exeter, plus some new and exciting events for 2018! 

Meet Santa in Princesshay

For the first time ever, Santa and a few of his elves will be stopping in Exeter for a magical Arctic adventure. Take a photo in Santa’s sleigh, make and take home a snow globe decoration, then meet Santa himself.

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

All proceeds to FORCE Cancer Charity.

Exeter Christmas Market

For the 2nd year in a row, Exeter Cathedral present the Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green. This year there are some wonderful new additions to the market, including new traders and an improved layout. The Oddfellows are back with the Cathedral Tavern offering a selection of local ales. New for 2018 is their Mulled Wine Shack, serving mulled wine, cider and apple gin!

Meet the real St Nicholas

Did you know that the real Bishop Nicholas originated from Greece in the 3rd Century? Join Exeter Cathedral where their St Nicholas will tell the story of his life and how his persona has changed over the years to become the Father Christmas we know and love today.

From 1 November. Booking essential.

Exeter Picturehouse - National Theatre Live : Antony & Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

Get over to the Exeter Picturehouse on 6 December for the live broadcast at 7pm or 20 December at noon for the encore.

Crealy Christmas Spectacular

There are nine exciting new events happening this year at the Crealy Christmas Spectacular. 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 to join Mary and her team of merry cookie makers and 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.

Topsham late night shopping evening

Head over to Topsham for a magic night of Christmas festivities, from independent, unique shops, to vibrant Christmas street lights, seasonal treats and live music. 10am - 9:30pm,Tuesday 4 December. 

Gruffalo in Guildhall

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

Princesshay’s late night shopping evening 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

Christmas at RAMM 

There are lots of special Victorian themed Christmas events happening at RAMM this winter as part of their 150th anniversary. Enjoy getting crafty with some Christmas decoration making and traditional wreath making, enjoy some exciting story telling sessions, listen to some time-honoured Christmas carol classics or even take the 12 Days of Christmas’ trail around the museum, there’s something for all the family. Keep an eye out as Father Christmas will also be popping by to join in with all the exciting festivities.

Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience

A treat for all fans of the hilarious 70s sitcom, be waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel in a fully immersive, highly improvised and site-specific comedy theatre style event at Exeter Northcott, three course meal included with ticket. Why not spend Christmas or New Year at the Fawlty Towers Restaurant?
 

For more information of events going on in Exeter click here.

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Meet Santa in Princesshay
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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.

Exeter Christmas Market on Cathedral Green
Market
Exeter Christmas Market

This year's Christmas Market will run from Thursday 15th November until Sunday 16th December organised by Exeter Cathedral. The market support local businesses and performers, with an exciting mix of continental and local, independent traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. The west front bandstand showcases local bands, carol singers and choirs able to bid for free slots to entertain traders and customers.

Exeter Cathedral - Meet the real St Nicholas
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Exeter Cathedral - Meet the real St Nicholas

Did you know that the real Bishop Nicholas originated from Greece in the 3rd Century? Join us at Exeter Cathedral where our St Nicholas will tell the story of his life and how his persona has changed over the years to become the Father Christmas we know and love today. He will also explain how Saints are made, help your youngster think about offering up a good deed over the coming season and leave then with a super gift to inspire creativity.

Exeter Picture House - National Theatre Live : Antony & Cleopatra
Cinema & Film
Exeter Picture House - National Theatre Live : Antony & Cleopatra

Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

Crealy Christmas Spectacular
Christmas
Crealy Christmas Spectacular

With 10 new Christmas attractions there’s even more to do with a full day of indoor and outdoor family fun! Featuring the South West’s first ever Christmas Ice Show and entry into Santa’s Magical Toy Shop, where every child gets to choose their own present from one of thousands of wonderful hand picked toys and gifts!

The Gruffalo visits Exeter for Christmas
Children's
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.

Christmas Late Night Shopping at Princesshay
Christmas
Christmas Late Night Shopping at Princesshay

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

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