Where's Santa in Devon?

Read on for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam and Santa's workshops in Devon in 2019...

At this time of year Father Christmas becomes an incredibly busy man, but as he’s so friendly and thoughtful he will always find time to listen to your wish lists.

There’s nothing that Santa loves more than talking to children, so he uses his super magical powers to whizz all over the county and can be in many places often at the same time!

You’ll find Father Christmas in cosy cabins, in sparkly grottos, on festive trains and on horse-drawn sleighs in town centres, shopping centres, garden centres and family attractions. As Santa gets exceedingly hungry on his travels he even turns up for breakfast and lunch at some places!

So, along with his many helpers, do look out for Santa at the following locations in Devon this festive season…

PS. Don’t forget to leave out a treat or two for Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve. The cheeky elves have told us he likes smelly socks, but we think he would rather tuck into a tasty mince pie!


Places to See Santa in Devon in 2019

From Saturday 16 November

Also, 17, 23, 24, 30 November; 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa’s Christmas Grotto at the House of Marbles

House of Marbles, Near Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9DS


This Christmas, cheeky little munchkins will simply love the Grotto at the House of Marbles. There will be lots of naughty and nice sights to be seen, and a mischievous elf will be the guide. Santa will be visiting every weekend, plus Monday 23 December – so don’t miss him! To make a booking call 01626 835285.


From 23 November

Also 24 and 30 November, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Father Christmas visits Pennywell Farm

Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0LT


Pennywell Farm will be transformed into a real winter wonderland in time for the Nativity plays in December. After the play, every child meets Father Christmas and receives a present. Booking is essential.


From 23 November

Also, 24 November

Santa at the Donkey Sanctuary’s Christmas Fair

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU


Santa will pay a special visit to the sanctuary, taking residence in his Grotto and will be providing little ones with a magical Christmas experience to remember (including a small gift). Tickets will be available to purchase each day on a first come, first serve basis. Call 01395 573156.


From 28 November

Also, 29 and 30 November, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

The Polar Express™ on Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway, Seaton, EX12 2NQ


Journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express by tram. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, speak to Santa and admire the awesome lights. Each child will receive a special gift from Santa. Pre-booking is essential - dates are already selling out. Call 01297 20375.


From Friday 29 November

Also, 30 November, plus 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa on the Train to Christmas Town

Dartmoor Railway, Station Road, Okehampton EX20 1EJ


Take a train journey to the North Pole. When it reaches Christmas town Santa will be waiting to hop aboard and join the fun alongside his cheeky elves who will be singing and dancing. All children will be greeted by Santa and presented with a special Christmas gift.


From Friday 29 November

Also, 30 November and 1 December

Santa Claus at Westpoint

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ


Do all your Christmas shopping under one huge roof at Westpoint. Whilst there, take the children to the free grotto to see the great man in red.


From 30 November

Also, 1 December, 7 & 8 December, 14 & 15 December, 21 & 22 December

Audience with Olde Father Christmas at Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, PL20 6EY


A very special visitor will be popping into Buckland over the Christmas period to spread some festive cheer, as Olde Father Christmas tells tales of Christmases gone by. Every child will receive a special keepsake gift to take home.


From 30 November

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

Christmas at Woodlands

Woodlands Family Theme Park, Near Dartmouth, TQ9 7DQ


Meet Santa in his magical grotto. A visit to see Santa includes a mesmerising walk through Santa’s Workshop before meeting Santa and receiving a very special gift.

Grotto tickets include a magical interactive journey through 9 rooms, a free gift from Santa, free reindeer food to take home, a sweet treat and entry to Woodlands.


From Saturday 30 November

Also, 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas at Killerton

Killerton, Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE


No trip to Killerton at Christmas would be complete without a visit to Father Christmas in his magical grotto. Meet Father Christmas dressed in his festive and traditional green suit. A gift will be given to every child aged 8 or under. For full opening times or to book tickets for Father Christmas call 01392 881345.


From Saturday 30 November 2019

Also 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 to 23 and 24 December

Santa Claus at Crealy

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


Santa will take centre stage in his own magical performance Santa’s Magical Show Time where he will delight audiences at intervals throughout the day and Mary Christmas is returning to the park to her festive bakery. Santa’s Toy Factory will be up-and-running at the theme park where his dedicated team of toy making elves will help children choose something from a vast array of toys. Tickets are now available - book now to get the best times and dates.


From Sunday 1 December

Also, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa in Kents Cavern

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF


The special Santa in the Caves is a truly wonderful experience. Join in the fun at this hour-long Panto style adventure around the caves, featuring some of the best Christmas characters. Tickets include; a promenade performance, a personal visit with Santa, Christmas presents and more.


From 1 December

Also, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 December

Storytime with Father Christmas

Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 1UH


Sit down and join Father Christmas in the stables as he shares magical stories and some festive songs. After story time each child receives a special keepsake to pop onto their Christmas tree. For details call 01752 333500.


1 December

Santa Visits Dawlish Christmas Market

The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PS


Santa will be paying the children at Dawlish Christmas Market a very special visit from 11.30am. Plus, on the lawn there will free rides for children, entertainment and live music. For details call 01626 863388.


From 1 December

Also 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Santa at Marldon Christmas Tree Farm

Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, Totnes Road, Marldon, TQ3 1RR


Visit Santa in his twinkling grotto, see the animals that stay at Marldon including the special guests, Santa’s Reindeer. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas market or take the children to the immersive Breakfast with Santa experience.


From 7 December

Also 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas at the Milky Way Adventure Park

Milky Way Adventure Park, Higher Clovelly, Bideford, EX39 5RY


Meet Father Christmas, decorate gingerbread, write a special letter, make reindeer food and enjoy a magical fun filled day at The Milky Way Adventure Park. Kids will love the unique Buzzlewick's Elf Emporium and meeting Santa at this award-winning attraction. All Christmas visits must be booked online.


From Saturday 7 December

Also 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December

Santa’s Grotto at Bernaville Nurseries

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


Experience some festive magic by visiting Santa and his elves in his beautiful grotto at Bernaville Nurseries this December. Santa visits are truly special, and all children will receive a present, a keepsake book to remember the visit, games, colouring material and a polaroid photo. There is also a photo opportunity for an Elfie Selfie and a chance to make some reindeer food. Booking essential – places are selling out already! Booking online is essential. For details call 01392 851326.


From 7 December

Also, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December

Breakfast with Santa

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


Meet Santa at breakfast time where you’ll get to decorate and enjoy pancakes; receive a special present from Santa; make some presents for the penguins and see the happy elf who deliver your presents to the playful penguins. Booking essential.


From 7 December

Also, 8 December

Christmas Festivities and Santa Visit

Quince Honey Farm, South Molton, EX36 3AZ


Visit Father Christmas in his festive grotto and tell him your present wish list before enjoying some fun and games in the Play Hive. Plus, take a magical donkey ride through the winter gardens.


From 7 December

Also, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 December

Father Christmas visits Knighthayes

Knighthayes, Bolham, Tiverton, EX16 7RQ


Meet the jolly man in green! Father Christmas will be visiting Knightshayes in the run up to the big day and will be handing out keepsakes in his workshop. For more details call 0344 249 1895.


7, 14 & 21 December

Father Christmas visits Greenway

Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, TQ5 0ES


Father Christmas and his helpers will be stopping off at Greenway in the run-up to Christmas. He'll be meeting children and sharing out keepsake gifts. Father Christmas's helpers will be there to tell some festive stories and help children to write their letters to Father Christmas. Call 01803 842382.

From 7 December

Also, 8, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa by Steam at South Devon Railway

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ


Father Christmas is visiting the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh again and is looking forward to welcoming all the boys and girls on to his special grotto train, where he’ll be handing out presents galore. Advanced booking is essential. Ring 01364 644370.


From Saturday 7 December

Also, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December

Santa Claus at the Exeter Corn Exchange

Exeter Corn Exchange, Market Street, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1BW


Guaranteeing a fantastic Christmas treat, the Corn Exchange is offering a free Santa's grotto for audiences to the Snow White Pantomime.


From Saturday 7 December

Also, 14, 21 and 23 December

Santa at Wildwood Escot

Wildwood Escot, Escot Park, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1LU


Meet Santa and get an authentic taste of yuletide in the Saxon village. Santa will be available at intervals between 10.30am to 3.30pm. Meeting Santa is free. Plus, there will be Christmas wreath making, wood- carving and much more.


From Sunday 8 December

Also, 15 and 22 December

Father Christmas Grotto at Cockington Court

Cockington Court, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6XA

Email: bibbidi.bobbidi.boo@live.com

Join Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo this Christmas for a magical experience at its first-ever Christmas Grotto in Cockington Court, Torquay. Your little ones will get the opportunity to meet Father Christmas, every Sunday from 8 December, for story time before joining Mrs Clause in her workshop to make reindeer food using elf magic, hot chocolate pots and to decorate gingerbread biscuits. Tickets cost £13 per child.


From Sunday 8 December

Also 15 and 22 December

Breakfast with Santa at Bernaville Nurseries

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


Book Breakfast with Santa! Share a home-cooked breakfast with Santa in the Lilypond Restaurant and visit Santa and his elves in his festive grotto at Bernaville Nurseries. Booking is essential and is available via the website - https://bernaville.co.uk/santa-bernaville-nurseries/


From 14 December

Also, 15, 20, 21 and 22 December

An Audience with Father Christmas at Castle Drogo

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


A very special treat is in store for children after they have followed the trail through the garden. Includes story time in the Library before visiting Father Christmas. Cost: £5 to see Father Christmas plus normal admission applies (includes a non-wrapped gift). Call 01647 433306.


From 14 December

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

Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo, Paignton, TQ4 7EU


Meet Santa in his magical grotto at Paignton Zoo and receive a fantastic present. Follow the snowman trail and pick up a special prize of a chocolate snowman upon completion. 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 14 December

Also, 15, 21 and 22 December

Father Christmas visits Arlington Court

Arlington Court, Near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP


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. Plus, enjoy the festive decorations and be inspired to make your own. Booking essential. Call 0344 249 1895.












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