Gandy Street's Countdown to Christmas

Gandy Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3LS

Tel: 01392 276665

(c) Sebastian Christopher


As the trees begin to turn red, gold and russet to ring in autumn, there already is a growing buzz of activity in Gandy Street. The plans for Countdown to Christmas are underway and this year, this winter festival will be bigger, snowier and even more Christmassy than ever. 

Amid the snow (and how many Christmas events can GUARANTEE snow?!) there will be free samples galore, tastings of prosecco, champagne, mince pies and scrummy bites from the restaurants and bars, not to mention the outrageous offerings from the two best chocolate houses in the southwest! 

Sponsored by the Exeter Bid, our favourite and most talented entertainers will be there, including fabulous acts from the Music In Devon initiative, the effervescent Victorian Fairy, Betty Twinkle on her Giant Robin and the magical twists of Oz Symons Man of Magic. There will also be some stunning live acts playing outside Exeter Phoenix. And there will be a charity raffle for Children's Hospice South West. There are already some incredible prizes coming in for this – keep an eye on the website to find out what you could win. Organiser Philippa Rutherford, BID Representative and Mantis Owner, is anticipating a great night: 

“It’s fast becoming a tradition in Gandy Street to herald in Christmas with this fabulous festival – we’re really grateful it also gets great support from the Exeter BID”, she says. 

“Gandy Street is such an explosion of creativity with its eclectic and artisan independents, all of whom sell things you’ll find nowhere else. We always see it as a great opportunity to celebrate and recognise our wonderful customers and see in the festive period together”, she adds. 

In addition to creating this wonderful party, Gandy Street traders will be giving out goody bags, special offers and promotions all designed to make the Christmas shopping experience a festive delight and lighter on the purse. And all under the twinkling lights of Gandy Street and of course a light dusting of Christmas Snow – don’t miss it!!

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Road Directions

Gandy Street can be accessed from the High Street and Queen Street. It is pedestrianised. Parking available in Guildhall and Mary Arches Car Parks.

Public Transport Directions

Central station is a 5 minute walk away and most buses stop in the High Street which is also a 5 minute walk.

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