If you’re looking for a Christmas break then look no further.  There’s a whole range of things to get you in the festive mood;

Visiting Santa is a must and what better way than by steam.

The South Devon Railway offer a wonderful trip, departing from Buckfastleigh, with presents for all the children (even the under ones) and mulled wine (or a non-alcoholic alternative) and mince pies for the grown-ups. Light refreshments are available from the buffet on the train.

Dartmouth Railway & Riverboat Company  are calling all children (young and old!),  help to drive away Scrooge and welcome Father Christmas and his helpers on the Santa Express. Three trains a day on each of the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December. Arrive at Paignton where log fires will be burning strongly. Board the train to Kingswear and return. During your journey a festive mince pie and a glass of mulled wine can be enjoyed (by the adults!). Children will receive a visit from Santa at their seat – make sure they chase off Scrooge and they will receive a gift!

All Aboard! The Polar Express comes to life this festive season as the Dartmoor Railway rolls out of Okehampton Station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to leisurely enjoy our festively-decorated train! And, bring your camera! What better place than The Polar Express™ to snap that favourite family photo!

Christmas Open Air Markets

As the days get shorter and Jack Frost nips at our toes, what better way to spend the seasonal holidays than in the festive atmosphere of the Exeter Christmas Market, 21st November – 19th December 2013

Set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Christmas Market promises to engage and excite visitors and shoppers alike. Combining products from local traders and traders from around the globe, the market will offer a veritable feast of quality fayre.

Plymouth Christmas Market will transform Armada Way into a bustling Winter Wonderland offering a variety of traditional Christmas treats and gifts.

From homemade arts and crafts to festive food and drink, the Christmas Market is a great place for shoppers looking for something different to give to their loved ones this year.

And if that wasn’t enough, Thursday 14th November is the start of late night Christmas Shopping. With the Christmas Market in Armada Way and a variety of shops open until late every Thursday up until the 19th December, it’s a great way to start your Christmas shopping!


At the Theatre Royal you’ll find Robin Hood from 20th December til 25th January 2014

Princess Theatre Torquay’s production is  Jack and the Beanstalk running from 13th December til 5th January 2014

Dick Whittington is gracing the stage at the Barnfield Exeter from 20th December til 4th January 2014