Santa will be making his way around Devon in the run up to Christmas, offering some unique experiences sure to create wonderful memories for your little ones. Let us be your one-stop guide on where to see Santa in Exeter this Christmas...

Santa will be cycling (yes cycling) around Princesshay on the 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd December handing out festive bells as he goes along!

Santa in Princesshay

The Donkey Sanctuary will have a special visit from Santa on 23rd and 24th November at their Christmas Fair. Tickets here are only £4, however there is a £2.50 entry fee for over 13s to the fair (but this includes a complimentary prize draw entry)!

Another amazing experience is a ride on The Polar Express™ which will be at Seaton Tramway from 28th November all the way to 24th December, for only £24.95-26.95 per person. Enjoy the magical tram ride to Santa's home at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated single deck tramcars, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a delicious treat, speak to Santa and admire the awesome lights whilst you walk around the North Pole. On the return journey there will be carol singing!

Crealy Theme Park & Resort are joining in on the magic again from 30th November to the 24th December with their Christmas Spectacular from £7-£19.95 per person dependent on age. Check out the brand new festive attractions, with an all-new Christmas on Ice Show. Featuring Santa’s Toy Factory and Santa’s Magical Show Time, every child will get to choose their very own present to take home from thousands of wonderful hand-picked toys and gifts.

Crealy Christmas Spectacular!

You can even Sail with Santa on 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd or 23rd December with Stuart Line Cruises, for only £10 per person (under 1s are £4). These hour-long cruises set sail from Exmouth Marina and sail up the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe. The lower deck gets transformed into the perfect Santa’s Grotto where the children have the chance to meet the man himself, tell him all about their year and receive a special gift. Expect plenty of fun with balloon modelling, face painting, the hilarious Punch and Judy show and conditions permitting, a boat driving lesson!  The grown-ups can enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine with a mince pie!

A magical experience South Devon Railway are offering for 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th and 18th-24th December is to meet Santa by Steam! Tickets for this range from £9 to £18 but under 1s go free. Step aboard the traditionally decorated carriages and stations as you take a warm and cosy journey to Totnes behind a majestic steam locomotive. Enjoy festive refreshments in your seat as the beautiful Devon countryside passes by the window and visit Father Christmas in his Grotto carriage with a gift for every child.


Visit Killerton between Saturday 23 November and Sunday 5 January 2020 to see the Georgian mansion’s decorations inspired by Clement Clarke Moore's popular festive poem, 'Twas the night before Christmas', then meet their traditional green Father Christmas on weekends in December and Monday 16 to Monday 23, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Christmas at Killerton

For a full list of Christmas events visit our Christmas page.


The Donkey Sanctuary
Animal Collection
Family enjoys meeting donkey

Bring out the best in your herd and make memories that last a lifetime at The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet hundreds of adorable rescue donkeys for FREE and discover so much more besides.

Stuart Line Cruises
Boat Trip
Geology Day Trip

A family owned passenger boat business operating from Exmouth. With sailings along the East & South Devon coastline & River Exe. A large variety of trips available from scenic river cruises to all day excursions. Operating all year round.

Seaton Tramway
Seaton Tramway

For a great day out in Devon, visit Seaton Tramway a attraction featuring a narrow gauge electric tramway running 3 miles from Seaton to Colyton via Colyford.

Crealy Theme Park & Resort
Theme Park / Waterpark
£15 weekend tickets at Crealy

Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great Adventure Park!

Christmas Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary
Christmas Fair at The Donkey Sanctuary

Kick-start your Christmas shopping and bring your little ones to meet Santa at The Donkey Sanctuary's fabulously festive Christmas fair in Sidmouth, Devon.

Sail with Santa - Stuartline Cruises
Sail with Santa - Stuartline Cruises

While Father Christmas checks who’s been naughty or nice, parents enjoy mulled wine & mince pies, Glitter & tinsel sparkle away, the crew are in costume for this festive day! Into the Grotto children try to peek, to see if Santa is fast asleep, Ah ha, he’s awake and he’s getting ready, to give them toys, books or even a teddy, An hour later & the trip’s all done, by the looks on their faces they’ve all had fun! They wave goodbye full of festive cheer, we’ll Sail with Santa again next year!

Seaton Tramway : The Polar Express
Seaton Tramway : The Polar Express

Based on the best-selling book by Chris Van Allsburg and everyone's favourite Christmas movie, this trip to the North Pole invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram.

Crealy Spookfest
Spookfest Logo

The Crealy SpookFest is back for another year this October half term and is set to be more spooktacular than ever before with a range of Halloween activities and events for the whole family to enjoy! Plus, with free pumpkins for every child, you’re in for a treat, not trick, this Halloween!

South Devon Railway
Steam Railway
South Devon Railway

The South Devon Railway is a seven mile steam railway running between Buckfastleigh and Totnes. At Buckfastleigh, there is a play area, gardens, museum, workshop and cafe.

Santa by Steam - South Devon Railway
Santa by Steam - South Devon Railway

Come and join Father Christmas for an enchanting experience at the South Devon Railway this Christmas.



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