Santa in Devon 2018

15th October-24th December 2018

Venue: Various Grottos, Cabins, Children's Attractions, Railways in Devon


Father Christmas will be visiting Devon very soon! 

Read on or click here for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam,  Santa's workshops and more...

You can see Santa in cosy cabins, in sparkly grottos, on festive trains and on horse-drawn sleighs in town centres, shopping centres, garden centres and family attractions. 

 

Where to see Santa in Devon 2018

2018

 

From Saturday 17 November

Also, 18, 24, 25 November; 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa’s Christmas Grotto at the House of Marbles

House of Marbles, Near Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS

https://www.houseofmarbles.com/about/family-fun-devon/events/9/

Santa's Grotto is returning for Christmas 2018! Grotto entry costs just £6.99 per child and includes a free balloon, badge and gift from Santa. Plus, there will be quizzes with prizes for adults and children. To make a booking call 01626 835285.

 

From 24 November

Also, 25 November and 8 and 9 December

Santa visits IKEA

IKEA, 1 IKEA Way, Exeter, EX2 7RX

www.IKEA.co.uk/Exeter

Join in with the festive fun when Santa goes to visit IKEA! Whilst there, mums and dads can buy a real Christmas tree too.

 

From Saturday 24 November

Also, 25 November, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Nativity Plays and Santa Visits at Pennywell

Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT

http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/buy-christmas-nativity-tickets

Watch a magical Nativity performance featuring real animals before visiting Father Christmas in his festive grotto. Plus, options to have breakfast and cream teas with Father Christmas on set dates. Booking essential. For more details 01364 642023.

 

From Saturday 24 November

Also, 25 November

Santa at the Donkey Sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Santa and his reindeer (who look like donkeys) will pay a special visit to the sanctuary and take residence in his Grotto. Tickets will be available to purchase each day on a first come, first serve basis. Call 01395 573156.

 

From Friday 30 November

Also, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa on the Train to Christmas Town

Dartmoor Railway, Okehampton Station, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1EJ

www.dartmoorrailway.com/train-to-christmas-town

Along with storytelling, singing and dancing with the elves, passengers will meet a very special guest when the train stops at Christmas Town. Santa Claus will climb on board to meet each child and give them a special gift. Booking highly recommended. Call 08000 232383.

 

From Friday 30 November

Also, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 to 24 December

The Polar Express™ on Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ

https://www.tram.co.uk/ThePolarExpressSeaton

Journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express by tram. Sing along to the songs, drink hot chocolate and meet Santa and his happy bunch of elves. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa. Pre-booking is essential - dates are already selling out. For more details call 01297 20375.

 

December

From Saturday 1 December

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 December

Santa at the Crealy Christmas Spectacular

Crealy Great Adventure Park, Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR

https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

With 9 new Christmas attractions featuring the South West’s first ever Christmas Ice Show, Mary Christmas’ Bakery, reindeer food making station, Santa’s post office, the singing snowmen, Christmas craft and entry into Santa’s Magical Toy Shop featuring over 30,000 gifts! Booking essential.

 

From Saturday 1 December

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas at Killerton

Killerton, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton

Tucked away within the stables find Father Christmas waiting in his magical grotto. Enter the festive grotto to meet him dressed in his traditional Victorian green suit. A gift will be given to every child. Booking is essential. Call 0344 249 1895.

 

From Saturday 1 December

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa by Steam

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0DZ

www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

Refreshments will be served by Santa’s helpers onboard Santa's special grotto train. Each child will meet Father Christmas in his wonderful magical grotto and receive a Christmas present. All the trains start and finish at Buckfastleigh. Advanced booking is essential. Ring 01364 644370.

 

From Saturday 1 December

And 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December

Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands

Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ

www.woodlandspark.com/event/christmas-at-woodlands/

A visit to see Santa includes a mesmerising walk through Santa’s Workshop before meeting Santa and receiving a very special gift. Includes free reindeer food, a free sweet treat and free photo opportunities.

 

From 1 December

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 December

Woollys Christmas Wonderland

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP

www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Children will have a truly magical Christmas experience at The Big Sheep and can meet Santa in his wonderland at weekends and during the school holiday. Meet Santa in his Grotto, see Santa’s Magical Light Show and play in the Ewetopia Indoor Playground.

 

Saturday 1 December

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 December

Christmas Grotto Weekends at Lady’s Mile 

Lady's Mile, Exeter Road, Dawlish Warren, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 0LX

www.ladysmile.co.uk

The friendly team at Lady’s Mile are fanatical about the festive season, so are inviting local families to visit its Christmas Grotto Weekends! Santa will be with at Lady’s Mile in his magical winter wonderland, so be sure to take a trip to Dawlish to meet him. 

 

From 1 December

Also, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Storytime with Father Christmas

Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1UH

Join Father Christmas in the stables as he shares magical stories and some festive songs. Includes a special keepsake. Booking essential. Call 01752 333500.

 

From 1 December

Also 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas with a Twist

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY

See the Lord of Misrule who will be telling Christmas tales of life on the high seas and handing out a special gift to those who join in with the merrymaking. Booking essential. Call 01822 853607.

 

 

2 December

Santa Visits Dawlish Christmas Market

The Strand, Dawlish, Devon, EX7 9PS

www.dawlish.gov.uk

Santa will be paying the children at Dawlish Christmas Market a very special visit at 12.30pm. Don’t miss him!

 

From Sunday 2 December

Also, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa in the Caves

Kents Cavern, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF

https://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/events/detail/santa-in-the-caves

Join Santa in this Panto style adventure around the caves. Includes an hour-long promenade performance, a visit with Santa, and a Christmas present for all children aged 2-12 years. Booking essential. For details call 01803 215136.

 

From Tuesday 4 December

Also, 11 and 18 December

Santa’s Grotto in Totnes

Civic Hall, Market Square, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SG

www.totnesnightmarket.co.uk

Visit Father Christmas in his splendid festive grotto as part of the town’s Christmas market. For details ring 01803 863168.

 

From Saturday 8 December

Also 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Dartmouth Steam Railway’s Santa Express featuring Snow White

Queen’s Park Station, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6AF

www.dsrrbchristmas.co.uk/santa-express

Be entertained by close-up magic and a two-part mini pantomime Snow White, before getting a visit from Father Christmas. All children will receive a gift. This is a fully ticketed event so pre-booking is essential.

 

From Saturday 8 December

Also 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Roaming Santa at Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village, Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LA

https://www.model-village.co.uk/christmas-at-the-model-village

See what magical delights you will find on the Christmas Labyrinth Trail and have fun finding Santa as you explore the Model Village. You may need to go around twice to find him. There will be a small gift for children for do find him!

 

From Saturday 8 December

And 9, 15 and 16 December

Santa at Bernaville Nurseries

Bernaville Nurseries, Cowley, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 5EU

https://bernaville.co.uk/santa-bernaville-nurseries/

Experience the festive magic at Bernaville Nurseries by visiting Santa’s grotto and receive a gift. Don’t forget to take your letter for Santa. this December. Booking essential – places are selling out already! Booking online is essential. For details call 01392 851326.

 

From 8 December

Also, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas visits Knighthayes

Knighthayes, Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes

Father Christmas will be visiting Knightshayes in the run up to the big day and will be handing out keepsakes in his workshop. Learn about Christmas traditions and write a letter to send to the North Pole. For more details call 0344 249 1895.

 

From 8 December

Also, 15 and 22 December

Father Christmas visits Greenway

Greenway, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Father Christmas and his helpers will be meeting children and sharing out keepsake gifts. Santa’s helpers will be there to tell some festive stories and help children to write their letters which can be popped in the Greenway post. Call 01803 842382.

 

From Saturday 15 December

And 16 December

Santa visits Bygones

Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR

www.bygones.co.uk

Santa will be paying a very special visit to Bygones from 11am to 2pm and will be handing out early Christmas presents! Plus, there will be fun Gingerbread decorating at no extra cost. Booking highly recommended. Call 01803 326108 or email info@bygones.co.uk

 

From Saturday 15 December

Also, 16, 22, 23 and 24 December

Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo, Paignton, TQ4 7EU

https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events/detail/christmas-at-paignton-zoo-2

Meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a fantastic present. Hop aboard the Christmas train and follow the gingerbread trail. Children who have booked to meet Santa will pick up a special gift from the elves as they leave. Pre-booking is essential. Call 01803 697500.

 

From Saturday 15 December

Also, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 December

Santa Specials at Pecorama

Pecorama, Underleys, Beer, Devon, EX12 3NA

http://www.pecorama.co.uk/special-events/

Ride on the Pecorama Santa Special before meeting Santa in a winter wonderland and receive a special Christmas treat. Afterwards children can use the indoor soft play area. Pre-booking strongly advised. Call 01297 21542.

 

From Saturday 15 December

Also, 16, 22 and 20 December

Father Christmas visits Castle Drogo

Castle Drogo, Near Drewsteignton, near Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/a4dbb165-5765-4983-8aa8-d0ad9f8bead9/pages/details

Father Christmas will be making a very special visit to Castle Drogo. Follow the trail through the garden to find him and receive a special present. Cost: £3.50 to see Father Christmas plus normal admission applies. Call 01647 433306.

 

From 15 December

Also, 16, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas visits Arlington Court

Arlington Court, Near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum

Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. All good girls and boys will receive a present. Booking essential. Call 0344 249 1895.

 

16 December

Breakfast with Santa at Woollys Christmas Wonderland

The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP

www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Children will have a truly magical Christmas experience at The Big Sheep and can have a very tasty breakfast with the great man in red at this special event. Plus, see Santa’s Magical Light Show and play in the Ewetopia Indoor Playground.

 

Tuesday 18 December

Santa by Steam in the Dark

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

A special evening train, leaving Buckfastleigh at 5.45pm, will be running for those who would like to experience the magic of travelling by steam train in the dark! Advanced booking is essential. Ring 01364 644370.

 

From Wednesday 19 December

And 20, 21 and 22 December

Supper with Santa

Planet Play, Westward Business Park, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1HB

www.planet-play.co.uk

Have a tasty supper with Santa at this fun indoor play centre. Includes a festive buffet, a Santa’s Grotto and fun activities. Cost: £10 per child. Booking essential. For details ring 01363 774626.

 

From Thursday 20 December

Also, 21, 22 and 23 December

Breakfast with Santa

Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Hill, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG

https://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events/detail/breakfast-with-santa

Experience the magic of Christmas at Living Coasts by sitting down to breakfast with Santa.  For this exclusive NEW event you’ll get the opportunity to meet Santa at breakfast time where you’ll get to decorate and enjoy your very own pancakes.; receive a special present from Santa himself; make some presents for the penguins and say hello to the happy elf who will then deliver your presents to the playful penguins

 

From Saturday 22 December

And 23 and 24 December

Breakfast and Lunch/Brunch with Santa at Bygones

Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR

www.bygones.co.uk

Breakfast and lunch will be served on 22 and 23 December; breakfast and brunch will be served on 24 December. Booking is essential. It includes entry to Bygones, a breakfast, brunch or lunch and a present from Santa! Call 01803 326108 or email info@bygones.co.uk

 

22 December

Also, 23 December

Santa’s Grotto at the Zoo

Shaldon Zoo, Ness Drive, Shaldon, Devon, TQ14 0HP

www.shaldonwildlifetrust.org.uk

See Santa in his grotto for just £5 and receive a special early Christmas present. You can also enjoy a discounted trip to the zoo with entrance that weekend just £1.50 per person. Call 01626 872234

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