The capital city of Devon, Exeter, is an energetic city with a rich historical heritage. The history of this bubbling city pre-dates the Roman, and this is evident in some of the city’s landmarks like the Exeter City Walls surrounding the city’s center, the Gothic Exeter Cathedral, the Exeter Castle and a host of others. Even with such a rich history on display, the region is filled with modern buildings, successful companies, impressive museums, trendy boutiques and stores, and a host of other state-of-the-art facilities. This eccentric mix of historical heritage and urban growth has made the location a fantastic place to visit. You get to experience all the fun and engaging activities the city offers. If you visit towards the end of the year, Exeter has a lot of Christmas markets you can visit and get into the holiday spirit. Here is a list of the top Christmas markets in Exeter, UK, that you must visit.
1. Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
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Held on the grounds of the majestic Exeter Cathedral, this Christmas market is an excellent place to do your festive shopping. The market is home to about 50 stalls and wooden chalets and features the best of local and international crafts, food, drinks, and of course, Christmas gifts. The vibrant atmosphere, coupled with the regular carols and events that go on inside the cathedral, gives the market a great ambiance. Inspired by German Christmas markets, this spot also features Bavarian-style bars, delicious fresh food stalls like the Christmas Pudding Fritter Shack, and even live music performances.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Address: Cathedral Yard, Exeter EX1 1HB, United Kingdom
Website: Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 10am - 7pm; Thu - Sat: 10am - 9pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm (Nov 16 - Dec 19)
2. Westpoint Exeter Christmas Shopping Fayre
One of the UK’s biggest festive shopping shows, Westpoint Exeter Christmas Shopping Fayre, is a beautiful spot. This shopping Fayre has been held annually in Westpoint for over 20 years, offering the city’s locals and visitors a magical place to shop for Christmas items. The marketplace features a wide range of items and exhibitions, offering everything you may think about for a great Christmas shopping experience. Held within a 50,000 square feet (4,600 square meters) hall, there is always something interesting to see here with entertaining performances, celebrity appearances, and a fabulous Santa’s Grotto.
Westpoint Exeter Christmas Shopping Fayre
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 9am - 5pm; Sun: 9am - 4pm (Nov 29 - Dec 1)
Price: 4 - 5 USD
3. Powderham Castle Michaelmas Fair
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Powderham Castle is the site of one of the most remarkable Christmas fairs in the entire city, the Michaelmas Fair. This fair offers you a chance to tick some items off your Christmas shopping list while enjoying the sights of this magnificent castle. You will find a plethora of stalls set up on the castle’s ground floor and displaying wares ranging from fresh food to jewelry, Christmas decorations and cards, gifts, and even chocolate pizzas. You can bring some of your valuable items like silver, militaria, jewelry, or watches to be evaluated by Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood here.
Powderham Castle Michaelmas Fair
Address: Church Rd, Exeter EX6 8JQ, United Kingdom
Website: Powderham Castle Michaelmas Fair
Opening hours: Thu: 10am - 3pm (Nov 14)
4. Saltram Christmas Festival
This was us all set up Saltram - National Trust christmas festival earlier...the tent is full now! Really busy so far!Posted by Lost Treasure on Saturday, 26 November 2016
If you are looking for where to get some unusual Christmas gifts, then you should head to Saltram Christmas Festival. This festival offers you a great atmosphere to shop, wine and dine while getting your holiday spirit reawakened. The stalls here offer you exceptional items like hand-crafted decorations, beautifully made gifts, delicious local food, and even Christmas trees. The festival features a garden surrounded by a Fairy house trail where kids can play and have fun. And on weekends, a live music band performs to entertain all the visitors at the festival.
Saltram Christmas Festival
Address: Saltram Estate, Devon, UK
Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 10am - 4pm (Nov 15 - Nov 17)
5. Bideford Christmas Market
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See some of the very best local arts and craft items at Bideford Christmas Market. This excellent market boasts of having up to 100 stalls and features an impressive spread of decorations, gifts, cards, and food for you to buy. You also enjoy a different shopping experience as the market features exciting rides to try out, engaging games, bars with mulled wine and cider, and even more food.
Bideford Christmas Market
Address: Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping, Clovelly Road, Bideford, Devon, EX39 3QU
Opening hours: Sat: 12pm - 8pm (Nov 30)
6. Magic of Christmas Food and Craft Fair
The delightful RHS Garden Rosemoor is the site of a magical Christmas fair aptly named the Magic of Christmas Food and Craft Fair. This fair is one you should not miss when you visit Exeter. It features several carefully selected craft traders from all around the region, displaying their unique wares and items. With the wide variety of gifts, decorative items, and souvenirs, you’d quickly find something special to kick start your Christmas festivities. The fair also features many food stalls, so you don’t get hungry while shopping.
Magic of Christmas Food and Craft Fair
Address: Rosemoor Garden, EX38 8PH Great Torrington, Devon, UK
Opening hours: Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 10am - 4pm (Dec 14 - Dec 15)
Price: 13 USD
7. The Big Sheep Christmas Market
Come and enjoy the vibrant feel of a beautiful country Christmas market in the Big Sheep Christmas Market. Held in a large indoor barn, this market is the biggest indoor food market in the entire South West region. The market boasts of an impressive array of items on display for you to buy, including Christmas trees, handmade jewelry, and locally crafted Christmas decorations, organic meats, free-range turkey, cheeses, cakes, etc. The fair is split into two parts; the Food Market and the Craft Market.
The Big Sheep Christmas Market
Address: The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP
Website: The Big Sheep Christmas Market
Opening hours: Sat: 9am - 2pm (Dec 7, 14 & 21)
Price: 10 USD onwards
8. Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington
The Shops at Dartington is a fantastic mall to shop, but as the holiday season approaches, it transforms into something unusual. The Shops at Dartington turn into a hub of Christmas activities, with the Christmas Fair being the highlight. The fair at this award-winning shopping village offers you several different items for you and your entire family, including gifts, decoration items, and a lot of seasonal food and drinks. There is even a Santa grotto here for the kids to visit.
Christmas Fair at The Shops at Dartington
Address: Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6EL
Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 9:30am - 5pm (Dec 14 - Dec 15)
9. Plymouth Christmas Market
Plymouth Christmas Market is a popular event in the region. Situated in the city center, this German-style spot feature over 60 wooden stands and cabins decorated with colorful Christmas lights with different traders selling all kinds of items. You can shop for some extraordinary gifts and other items ranging from Christmas trees to sweet treats for kids, and handmade jewelry at this market. As with most Christmas markets, this place also offers yummy street food and refreshing drink stands as well as some live music performances to enjoy.
Plymouth Christmas Market
Address: Armada Way, City Centre, Plymouth, Devon
Website: Plymouth Christmas Market
Opening hours: Nov 28 - Dec 19
10. Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre
Home to up to 80 amazing stalls selling a fantastic collection of merchandise; Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre should be your number one stop for quality Christmas shopping. Enjoy the best entertainment as the fayre features street dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers as well as choirs and live music bands. Visitors here can sip a cup of mulled wine as they stroll through the market and buy all they want to buy. And if you are with kids, you can give them a treat and let them enjoy thrilling ‘Reinpony’ rides in the Parade Ring.
Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre
Address: Newton Rd, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AF, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 4pm (Dec 7)
Price: 3 USD
11. North Devon Christmas Market
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North Devon, every year, plays host to the biggest and perhaps the best outdoor Christmas market in the entire region. The North Devon Christmas Market is home to a large number of stalls (over 150) that display an interesting mix of food, drinks, arts and crafts, gifts, and so much more. The site also has stunning rides and even games for you to participate in and have an exciting time here. A visit to this market is an excellent way to spend an afternoon in Devon.
North Devon Christmas Market
Address: North Devon District, UK
Opening hours: Sat: 12pm - 9pm (Dec 7)
12. Tavistock Warm Up to Christmas Market
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The quaint city of Tavistock is our next stop. This city offers you a fantastic way to usher in the Christmas feeling with their “Tavistock Warm Up to Christmas Market.” Find a wide variety of wares and goods; from cakes to kitchen utensils, candles, home furnishings, Christmas cards and gifts, different types of handcrafted decorations, and several other intricately made local craft products. Make sure you give yourself a yummy treat as there will be lots of food stands and performances by street dancers too, so shopping doesn’t get boring.
Tavistock Warm Up to Christmas Market
Address: Tavistock Town Hall Bedford Square, PL19 0AE Tavistock, Devon
Opening hours: Sat: 10am - 4pm (Nov 9)
13. Totnes Late Night Christmas Market
Magical Totnes We've loved going to the late night Christmas markets & it was great to go inside & see the old cinema coming on and looking so beautiful in the high street. Well worth a look! Totnes MarketPosted by Wildflower Devon on Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Totnes Late Night Christmas Market is an incredible night market run by the city’s market traders. It hosts a unique combination of traders, entertainers, and producers to give you a fabulous Christmas feeling. The market features activities like lantern parades, performances from community choirs, schools, local bands, drummers, etc. The location also features a Santa’s grotto, delicious food stands and stalls where you can get local cider and mulled wine. It is held in the market square and is the most significant event in Totnes every year.
Totnes Late Night Christmas Market
Address: St. Peters Quay Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5EW
Opening hours: 3pm - 9pm (Dec 3, 10 & 17)
14. Candlelit Dartmouth Mayflower
Enjoy shopping for your Christmas supplies in a beautiful and magical market in the center of the town. Held in the town’s Royal Avenue Gardens, the market has a series of events lined up for you to enjoy. From musical and entertaining performances to a grand Santa arrival by boat to the opening ceremony, the market also features a beautiful traditional lantern procession and a great atmosphere all round. The gifts, crafts, food, and other products on sale here are of the highest quality too.
Candlelit Dartmouth Mayflower
Address: Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 4pm - 8pm (Nov 29 - Nov 30)
15. Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
The town of Kingsbridge celebrates Christmas with a day of festivities and entertainment at its Christmas market. The market, set-up in the town’s square, offers a place for Christmas shoppers to buy all the goods they want to buy with several items on sale here. Featuring stalls owned by different traders from all around the region, this Christmas shopping location also offers hot food, gift stands, and a variety of live entertainment to keep its visitors thoroughly enchanted and entertained throughout the day.
Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
Address: Kingsbridge Information Centre, Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
Opening hours: Sat: 9am - 6pm (Dec 7)
Get into the Christmas spirit in Exeter
Visiting and spending time shopping at Christmas Markets is one of the best ways to kick off the festive fun during the holiday season. And the fantastic Christmas markets in Exeter, UK, make the region one of the best places to visit and spend some quality time shopping and getting into the Christmas spirit. So don’t wait anymore. Visit Exeter and get that holiday groove on!
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