2021 Christmas Markets and Events in Devon

This year many Christmas Markets and Events are returning for 2021. We have included all the events we have information for as of 1 October 2021 but be sure to check with the venue or event directly before travelling as information is subject to change.

Devon is bursting with Christmas events and activities, from meeting Santa, Christmas shopping or watching the magic of a Christmas light switch on. There is plenty going on in Devon to entertain the whole family. Christmas markets and late night shopping where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls, local food and drink and entertainment are becoming more and more popular each year. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Christmas market nearby and its bound to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas markets in Devon 2015

If you want some Christmas fun, ideas for things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas in Devon. As we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.

And if you’re looking to send a loved one a true taste of Devon this year, don’t forget our delicious Christmas Devon food hampers

Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

  • Thursday 18 November 2021 - Plymouth City Centre Christmas lights switch-on
  • No information for 2021 as yet – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on
  • Saturday 20 November 2021 - Torquay Christmas lights switch-on. There will be no big celebrity “switch on”, as the lights will appear when each trader switches on their lights.
  • Saturday 20 November 2021 - Tavistock Christmas lights switch-on, 4pm onwards with lights switch-on at 5.45pm
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Newton Abbot Christmas lights switch-on (usually 5.30pm Clock Tower)
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Barnstaple Christmas lights switch-on ( 5 - 7pm, Pannier Market).
  • Friday 26 November 2021 - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch-on (Time to be confirmed)
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Light-up Tiverton (6pm for light switch on)
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Cullompton Christmas festival and lights switch on)
  • Friday 26 November 2021, 4.15pm onwards - Topsham Christmas lights switch-on
  • Saturday 27 November 2021 - Plymouth Barbican lights switch-on
  • Saturday 27 November 2021 - Brixham Quay, Lanterns Lights and Luminations Christmas lights switch-on, 10am-8pm
  • Saturday 27 November - Christmas in Crediton, Christmas lights switch-on 5pm
  • Sunday 28 November 2021, 3.30pm onwards - Clovelly Christmas lights switch-on
  • Saturday 4 December - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on (usually 3pm - 6pm)
  • Sunday 5 December 2021 - Bideford Christmas lights switch-on (The Quay 12 - 7pm) 

Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • Thursday 4 November 2021 - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter, Michaelmas Fair, 10am-3pm
  • Saturday 6 November 2021 – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market, Tavistock Town Hall 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 18 November – Saturday 18 December 2021 – Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Christmas in Langtree, North Devon - Gifts & Crafts (Parish Hall, 11-5pm)
  • No information for 2021 as yet - The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth - Festive Fair (9am-4pm)
  • Saturday 20 November 2021 (Yet to be confirmed for 2021) - Torquay Christmas Carnival (usually from 4.30pm)
  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November 2021 - Pavilions Teignmouth - Christmas Gift & Craft Fayre, 10am onwards
  • Saturday 27 November, 1pm - 6.30pm - Christmas in Crediton, Crediton Town Square. Theme ‘Santa’s Super Heroes’
  • Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November 2021, 10am - 5pm - Torre Abbey, WinterFest Christmas Fair
  • Postponed for 2021 - Totnes Christmas Festival evenings
  • Saturday 27 November and Sunday 28 November 2021 - Dawlish Christmas Street Market & Festive Fun
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Bovey Tracey Christmas Fayre (Bovey Tracey Methodist Church 10am-12noon)
  • Tuesday 2 December to Friday 19 December 2021 - Plymouth Christmas Market - City Centre (all day).
  • Friday 3, Saturday 4 December 2021, 11am to 7pm. Sunday 5, 10am-4pm - RHS Rosemoor Christmas Celebration Craft Fair
  • Saturday 4 December 2021 - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • No information for 2021 as yet - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • No information for 2021 as yet (TBC) - Harbertonford’s Craft and Art Fair - Village Hall, 10.30am-4.30pm
  • Tuesday 7 - Sunday 12 December 2021 - Connaught@Christmas, held at Sidmouth Connaught Gardens. Creative light displays, local crafts & food.
  • No information for 2021 as yet (TBC) - The Shops at Dartington Christmas Fair
  • Friday 10 December - Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Late Night Shopping & Craft Fair
  • Sunday 12 December - Newton Abbot Good Food Sunday Christmas Food Fair, Newton Abbot Racecourse
  • Sunday 19 December - Plymouth Good Food Sunday Christmas Food Fair with Complimentary Craft, Home Park Stadium

Devon Heaven Christmas Hampers

Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 

  • 28th Nov - 31st Dec 2021 - Powderham Castle, Christmas at the Castle (12pm-4pm) or (5pm-9pm)
  • 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 November and 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 15 to 23 December 2021 - South Devon Railway, Polar Express
  • 24 November - 30 December (Train of Lights) & 3 to 23 December (Train of Lights with Santa) 2021 - Dartmouth Steam Railway Christmas Train of Lights (Booking open. Book early to avoid disappointment)
  • No information for 2021 as yet (TBC) - Candlelit Dartmouth
  • Saturday 27 November 2021 - Lanterns, Lights and luminations, Brixham
  • Final details for 2021 coming soon! - Christmas at Pennywell Farm

Santa Grotto's In Devon

Late night shopping in Devon this season

  • Totnes late night shopping 2021 – The traditional festival is cancelled for 2021 but see Totnes Town Council website for latest information on Christmas lights switch-on and late night shopping
  • Exeter late night shopping 2021 – Every Thursday evening
  • Plymouth late night shopping 2021 - Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout December

Previous Christmas Events that we can't find any details on and may not be on this year:

  • Plymouth Outside Ice Rink
  • Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street (Thursday’s 9am-9pm, Friday/Saturday 9am-5pm )
  • St Marychurch Christmas Street Party (Midday until 7.30pm, St Marychruch Precinct)
  • Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, Plymouth

8 comments


  • Hello
    Would you be able to email me a list of your craft fair events in deon for 2017 please?
    Many thanks
    Julie stephens

    Julie stephens on

  • Hello

    I would be very grateful if you could include our Christmas events in Dawlish in your listing. We have a whole weekend planned Saturarting with our lights switch event on Friday 2nd December from 4.30pm – 6.00pm our lights will be turned on by John Ayres from BBC Spotlight and our Mayor Cllr Angela Fenne.

    Saturday 3rd December 10am-4pm Family Day
    Street Market in the Strand, Family Christmas Jamboree in the Strand Centre, Ice rink and inflatable slide on the Lawn, live music throughout the day in the Strand and on the bandstand, street entertainers and visits from Peppa Pig, Olaf & Elsa.

    Sunday 4th December 10am-4pm Victorian Christmas Market
    Street Market in the Strand, Family Church Service on the bandstand, Ice rink and inflatable slide on the Lawn, live music throughout the day on the Strand and on the bandstand, father Christmas Grotto, Street entertainers.

    Alison Holmes on

  • Please can you add Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on and Street Fayre to your list of events this year.
    This event is on 3rd December between 3pm and 6pm and is focused around the Christmas tree in the centre of the town.
    Santa is arriving on his carnival float and will help the Primary school children switch on the lights on the Christmas tree, to a count down by the public. Carols will then be sung by the local primary school around the tree whilst the Street fayre is taking part. Santa then proceeds to his grotto where he will welcome children of all ages with a small gift.
    We have many craft stands and gifts stands for christmas shopping along with street food vendors. Caterers include Lemon Jelli, Not just Sushi (Japanese street food), Home farm Cafe (run by Ashburton cookery school) Hot dogs and burgers, Jacket potatoes, Doughnuts, Hot chestnuts and of course candy floss for the children. Mulled wine is provided by Jaded Palates and free photo opportunities provided by Jolly Roger Life size Models (who’s figures regularly appear on Strictly Come Dancing)
    Attractions included are some fairground rides for smaller children and pony rides.
    More stall holders are coming forward daily and it is hoped the the local church will be leading a candlelight carol procession, although this has not yet been confirmed.
    Last year’s event was very well attended

    Julie Arnold on

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