What’s On in Exeter this Christmas?

Short answer. There’s loads on in Exeter over Christmas 2021.

Here’s an attempt at rounding up at least some of the Christmassy events on in or near Exeter.

5 November 2021 (09:00) till 6 January 2022 (16:00) – Follow the Glow at The Donkey Sanctuary

From the website.

Join our magical star on a journey of discovery, shining a light on the stories of donkeys all around the world. 

Find the 9 boards located around the sanctuary and using the clues to help you, spot the Christmas items hidden on each board to complete the Christmas crossword. When completed, the crossword spells out a special phrase that describes something you all have! 

You’ll finish the trail at our ‘Glow Room’, where you’ll discover a fairytale ending for our three little donkeys, Gilly, Holly and Snowy. Once you’ve followed the star that glows in your eyes, head to the Gift Shop to collect your prize.

Read more at the Donkey Sanctuary website.

Costs 5 pounds per trail. I wonder if there are some lights involved, but that’s based on nothing apart from the name.

17th November till 2nd December – The Exeter Winter Wonderland

Set in the heart of the city centre, Exeter’s Winter Wonderland is the latest festive event in Devon and a magical day out for the whole family to enjoy. With plenty of exciting rides and attractions, an abundance of locally-sourced festive refreshments and a giant Santa’s Grotto, this year’s Winter Wonderland is not to be missed.

Check out exeterwinterwonderland.co.uk for more.

It looks like its free to enter with tickets needed to see Santa, and to get on the Ice Rink.

Thursday 18 November till Saturday 18 December 2021 – The Exeter Christmas Markets

Its Christmas.

They are markets.

It feels Christmassy.

Its all a bit pricey. (But free to enter)

But also Christmassy.

The Cathedral is also open for free during these dates as well.

Check out the website for more info.

Sunday, 28th November 2021 – Clovelly Christmas Light Switch On

No where near Exeter.

But look at the place!

4th December – Go See Santa at Bicton

Looks like Santa is popping in at Bicton Park during various dates to say hello to Bicton Members. Check out the Bicton website for more information.

Saturday 4 December until Monday 3 January – Help Percy at Castle Drogo

From the website
Based on the beloved books from writer and illustrator Nick Butterworth comes a festive outdoor trail with Percy The Park Keeper. There’s lots of work to be done in the garden at wintertime, and Percy’s needs some help. So why not step into his wellies and become his helper for the day? Armed with clues and help from his woodland friends, there’s tons of fun to be had as you get closer to nature on this outdoor trail. 

Read more on the National Trust website.

Sunday 12 December – The Exeter Nativity

The Exeter Nativity is returning to The Cathedral, who have “plans for a full scale production with actors and animals, a slightly rebellious heavenly host, music to enjoy, and carols to sing.”

The action will begin in the Cathedral at 3pm on Sunday 12 December.

See the website for more.

Wednesday 15th December – Christmas Carols at Darts Farm.

Darts Farm is inviting everyone for “an evening of Christmas carols outside by The Shack, with the Christ Church Woodbury and the SW Comms Band Enjoy the festivities and keep warm with a delicious mince pie and mulled apple juice! Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book!

The shops will also be open giving a chance to catch up on Darts farm related Christmas shopping during the evening.

Friday 17th December – Night in the Cathedral for Families

it looks like an event featuring all sorts of activities, Christmas Tree’s, stories, crafts, and dress up.

Could be one way to start the Christmas holidays?

Does cost 8 quid a ticket. Check out the website for more information

Thats a small selection of what’s on in Exeter.

I might come back here and update some more – are there any you would add?

Please add them below! (Bonus points if they dont cost a lot!)

One thought on “What’s On in Exeter this Christmas?

  1. Exeter Children’s Orchestra – 18th December – The Snowman (and various other festive things).
    A short matinee concert for families at 4 pm and a full evening concert.
    Tickets available from the Northcott Theatre booking office – prices vary according to seating.

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