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Where to see Father Christmas in Devon 2020
This page is to update with the information we have for 2020. It is likely that many events will be cancelled this year due to the guidelines around Covid-19. We have added in red the latest information that we can find as of 14th Oct 2020, but please note that information is changing regularly,
Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
Otter Nurseries have decided not to run their Magical Kingdom for 2020, so there will be no Santa's grotto this year.
Visit Santa’s magical kingdom at Otter Nurseries for a special Christmas experience. Take a journey through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and meet his friendly elves. Tickets can only be bought in advance and are £16.99 per child, including a gift and magical reindeer food. Sign up to their newsletter to hear first when tickets are released.
House of Marbles, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS.
There is no grotto for 2020 but House of Marbles have a special postbox from Santa where the children can post their letters to him. Every child that posts a letter will receive a free goody bag and it is free to take part.
Bow Garden Centre, Crediton, EX17 6LA
Bow Garden Centre have announced that they will be running a Santa's grotto for 2020 with safety measures put in place. Tickets are £7.99 per child including a gift, craft activity, paper chain kit to take home and a treasure trail.
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT
The information below is from 2019. Pennywell say on their website that they are running their Christmas events for 2020 but there are a few changes to keep everyone safe.
Treat your children to a nativity play at Pennywell followed by a visit to Santa’s Grotto where they will receive a special Christmas gift. They can also meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy homemade Christmas biscuits and squash in the café (there will be mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies for the adults!) On selected dates, visitors can enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas followed by the nativity play.
Morwellham Quay, Nr Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL.
Cancelled for 2020.
At Morwellham Quay visitors can take a special mine train journey to visit Santa in his underground Grotto, then warm up in front of the fire with some mince pies and a warm drink.
Drakes Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA.
No details yet for 2020.
Santa’s Grotto at Drakes Circus, check www.drakecircus.com for details and to book.
Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR.
The Bygones website says that their 2020 events are temporarily suspended.
Bygones are offering visitors the chance to have breakfast or lunch with Santa. Both options include entrance into Bygones, visiting Santa in his workshop and a traditional present for children. Booking is essential.
Kents Cavern, Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF.
Cancelled for 2020.
Meet Santa in his underground grotto at Kents Cavern. Guests can enjoy an hour-long show, a personal visit with Santa, a Christmas present, mulled wine and mince pies!
Seaton Tramway, Harbour Rd, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ.
Planning to go ahead for 2020. Tickets available to book.
Join Seaton Tramway for a special Polar Express Tram Ride! Based on the book and Christmas movie, this trip to the ‘North Pole’ invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram. Listen to and sing along with all the songs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing chefs and meet Santa and his elves. Each child receives a gift from Santa and you are welcome to wear your pyjamas onboard, just like in the film!
Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ.
Cancelled for 2020.
The Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint boasts 3 days of festive shopping, all under one roof. Admission costs £4 for adults (16 and under are free) and includes the free Santa’s grotto.
Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9JL.
Does not appear to be running in 2020.
Meet Santa, receive a present, tuck into a delicious meal, decorate your own Gingerbread and enjoy festive fun activities.
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
Planning to go ahead for 2020 and tickets available to book.
Join South Devon Railway for The Polar Express! 2020 is South Devon Railway's first year running The Polar Express and it looks set to be magical. Trains leave Buckfastleigh Station after which they theatrically recreate the film for passengers. Booking is essential.
Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU.
Below are details from previous years. 2020 information not yet available.
Father Christmas will be at Escot in his Christmas Grotto with presents for visiting children. There will be activity stalls with things for children to make and decorate. In the park you can see the otters receive their Christmas presents and enjoy traditional Yuletide fare in the outdoor Christmas Kitchen and Coach House Restaurant.
Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR.
2020 information not yet available.
Crealy has loads going on during thier Christmas spectacular event: Christmas On Ice, Mary Christmas' Bakery, Santa's Magical Toy Store, The Elf Academy, Rudy's Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa's Post Office, The Singing Snowmen, Buddy & Blossom's 'Jingle Bell Rock' and Christmas Craft Creators. Children can meet Santa and receive a gift to take home.
Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP.
Information for 2020 not yet available.
Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. Tickets cost £6 per child and include a present. Booking is essential and provides you with a 30 minute time slot.
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple, EX31 4RA.
2020 Special events are cancelled until further notice.
Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Children can experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receiving an individually named present. Booking essential.
Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU.
Calendar of 2020 events currently unavailable.
Go on a festive adventure at Paignton Zoo. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a present, then ride the jungle polar express! Follow the gingerbread trail and pick up a special gift from the elves as you leave.