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Christmas markets in Devon 2024

Christmas markets in Devon 2024

Where better to start your Christmas shopping than at one of the many Christmas markets in Devon this year? In this festive guide I’m sharing where to pick up unique gifts, enjoy winter treats and soak up all the sparkle this season can offer.

PLEASE NOTE: this guide is under construction for Christmas 2024 as dates for many events are still to be announced. Read on to find out what was on last year.

You might also like to check out my guide to Christmas days out in Devon to find the best places to meet Santa, Christmas events at family attractions, winter wonderlands and festive illuminations. Or my guide to free things to do in Devon this Christmas.

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Devon Christmas markets happening this year

Some festive shopping events were still to be confirmed as I hit publish but I will be adding updates.

Child eating sweet treat at Christmas market in Devon

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Here’s the Christmas markets happening around the county:

Christmas markets in East Devon

Tick some treats off your Christmas shopping list at these markets:

Exeter Christmas Market – 17 November to 17 December 2023

What’s on

Located in the heart of the city at Cathedral Green Exeter’s Christmas Market is the ultimate Christmas destination for shoppers and tourists. 

This year there will be Bavarian-style chalets offering global cuisine, pop-up bars, local traders and craftspeople selling unique gifts and decorations  – all accompanied by a programme of live entertainment.

Where

Exeter Cathedral Green, EX1 1HS

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Exeter Christmas Market

Light Up Axminster Christmas market and parade – 25 November 2023

Axminster’s Christmas lights will be lit alongside a Christmas market and a lantern procession taking place between 4pm and 7.30pm in South Street.

There will be food stalls, children’s entertainment and live music.

Find out more on the Light Up Axminster Facebook page.

Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint, Exeter – 1 to 3 December 2023

What’s on

Browse through more than 250 exhibitors’ stalls who transform Westpoint into an Aladdin’s cave of wonderful gift ideas and essential Christmas items.

There’s also music, the entertainment and a free Santa’s grotto.

Where

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DJ

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Christmas Shopping Fayre

Christmas Craft Fair at Exe Valley Farm Shop – 2 December 2023

What’s on

Visit the farm shop to find local homemade crafts, wreaths, trees and Christmas gifts while treating yourself to a mince pie and mulled wine.

Santa will also be visiting on 3 December fort breakfast. Advance booking is essential.

Where

Exe Valley Farm Shop, Silverton, Exeter, EX5 5LZ.

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Exe Valley Farm Shop

Late Night Shopping and Craft Fair at Bicton Park Gardens – 8 December 2023

What’s on

Find craft stalls in the garden grounds.

Where

East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Exeter, EX9 7BJ

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Bicton Park Gardens

Christmas markets in West Devon

Find the perfect present at these markets:

Tavistock Love Local Christmas Market18 November and 10 December 2023

What’s on

Pick up gifts, Christmas cakes, candles and cookware as well as cards, home furnishings and handcrafted decorations from the best local traders in the South West.

Entry is free.

Where

Butchers Hall Dairy, Tavistock, PL19 0AE

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Tavistock Christmas Market

Moretonhampstead Christmas Market – 25 November 2023

What’s on

Supporting local, independent businesses at this market in The Square from 2pm until 6.30pm. Stalls will have hand crafted gifts, Christmas decorations, candles, wood craft, pottery and sweet treats. 

Throughout the afternoon, there will be entertainment leading up to the grand Christmas light switch on at 6pm followed by the Primary School choir.

Father Christmas is looking forward to meeting children in his grotto at Baskervilles ice cream parlour from 4 until 7pm.

Where

The Square, Moretonhampstead

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Moretonhampstead Christmas Market

Christmas markets in South Devon

Get in the festive spirit at these Christmas shopping events:

Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle – 2 November 2023

What’s on

The yuletide spirit starts early at the home of the Earl of Devon, Powderham Castle. The fair is in aid of the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

There will be a wide array of things not found on the high street from jewellery and Christmas puddings to homewares and spirits.

Buy tickets in advance for the best price.

Where

Powderham Castle, Kenton, EX6 8JQ

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Michaelmas Fair at Powderham Castle

Lanterns, Lights and Luminations in Brixham – 24 to 25 November 2023

What’s on

There will be market stalls and much more as part of this popular event in South Devon. Enjoy a magical lantern parade, a firework display, live music, street entertainment, and a Christmas shopping.

This event is free to attend.

Where

Brixham Habour, The Quay, Brixham, TQ5 8AW

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Lanterns, Lights and Luminations

Wintertide in Buckfastleigh – 25 November 2023

What’s on

More than 30 artists, designers, makers and creators from all around the South West will be attending this market at Devonia Sheepskins Yard.

As well as stalls there will be hands-on creative workshops including Naturemake where you can create your own nature inspired magical structures and model making with Jim Parkyn of Aardman Animations.

You can also buy food and drink from a range of traders, including freshly baked sweet treats and wood fired sourdough pizza.

The event is free to attend with parking on-site and disabled access.

Where

Devonia Sheepskins Yard, Mardle Way Industrial Estate, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0AG

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Wintertide at Devonia Sheepskins Yard

Devonmade Christmas Market at Palace Theatre, Paignton – 25 to 26 November 2023

What’s on

Devonmade is bringing together 40 stalls of handmade crafts and gifts from local makers and small businesses.

Stalls include everything from crochet and crystals to coffee, cards and stationery – all locally made.

The market is open from 10am to 3pm each day and entry is free.

Where

Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton, TQ3 3HF

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Devonmade Christmas Market

Christmas Gift & Craft Fayre at Pavilions Teignmouth – 25 to 26 November 2023

A gift wrapped chocolate Santa Claus with red bow on Christmas market stall

What’s on

There will be more than 40 stalls with local crafts and gifts at the Pavilions Christmas event. 

Where

Pavilions, Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG

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Christmas Fayre at Pavillions Teignmouth

Winter Fest in the Barn at Torre Abbey, Torquay – 25 November to 3 December 2023

What’s on

This atmospheric gift and craft fair returns to the stunning setting of the Spanish Barn as part of Torre Abbey’s programme of Christmas events.

Expect unique handmade Christmas gifts and all sorts of other festival treats on offer including hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Where

The Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, The King’s Drive, Torquay, TQ2 5JE

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Winter Fest in the Barn

Plymouth Christmas market – 30 November to 17 December 2023

snowman toy decoration on christmas market

What’s on

Head to the Piazza where you’ll find Plymouth’s Christmas Market. This year there will be an open air festive bar, food and drink, and plenty of artisan gift stalls run by traders from the South West and beyond.

Where

Piazza, Plymouth, PL1 1HH.

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Plymouth Christmas Market

Dawlish Christmas Street Market – 1 to 3 December 2023

What’s on

Dawlish Christmas street market will follow the town’s light switch on which takes place on 25 November.

There will be a range of stalls as well fun activities on the lawn in the centre of Dawlish.

Where

The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PW

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Dawlish Christmas Street Market

Newton Abbot Good Food Sunday Christmas Food Fair – 2 December 2023

Strawberry biscuits on market table

What’s on

Good Food Sunday will be back at Newton Abbot Racecourse for a day of festive food, gifts and fun.

Where

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Rd, Kingsteignton, TQ12 3AF

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Good Food Sunday

The Great Hall Craft Fair at Dartington – 1 to 3 December 2023

What’s on

There will be more than 40 ceramics, jewellery and textiles makers from Devon and beyond as well as live music, workshops and food to enjoy over the weekend.

Where

The Great Hall, Dartington, Totnes, TQ9 6EL

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Dartington Craft Fair

Bovey Tracey Christmas Market – 2 December 2023

What’s on

The market has gift and craft stalls, street food, mulled wine, kiddie rides and Christmas carols. Father Christmas will also be waiting in his grotto.

The Christmas lights will also be switched on.

Where

Fore St, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AD

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Bovey Tracey Christmas Market

Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas – 2 December 2023

What’s on

Take a trip to Kingsbridge for a thoroughly festive day with market stalls selling scrumptious hot food and gifts ranging from metal garden ornaments to Salcombe Gin.

Father Christmas will also make a special appearance and there will be a free grotto.

Where

Fore Sreet, Kingsbridge TQ7 1PP

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Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas

Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair – 2 to 3 December 2023

Knitted winter animal toys - Abigail North
Picture credit: Charlie Matts – Wagtail Toymakers

What’s on

Meet and chat to some of the best South West-based makers and see a diverse range of beautiful handmade contemporary craft, including toys!

A cafe open throughout the weekend and there will be face painting for children in return for a charitable donation to this year’s benefitting charity, Cruse Bereavement Support (Devon).

Where

Jubilee Hall, Chagford, TQ13 8HS.

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Wonderworks Contemporary Craft Fair

Royal William Yard Christmas market – 3 December 2023

Christmas food on stall at Royal William Year market
Picture credit: Royal William Yard

What’s on

The Good Food and Craft market is coming to Riyal William Yard this December. There will be festive wares and unique gifts, Christmas lights, a choir and children’s crafts adding to the atmosphere.

Where

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP.

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Royal William Yard

Late Night Shopping and Christmas Markets in Totnes – 5, 12 and 19 December 2023

What’s on

There will be food, festive entertainment and artisan stalls throughout the town on three Christmas market and late night shopping dates in December.

As well as shopping there’s a special food court area between Heath’s Garden and the Market Square offering everything from churros to world food.

Be there on 19 December for a special lantern parade.

Where

Stalls and entertainment throughout the town.

Find out more

Totnes Christmas Markets

A Very Christmas Fair at Flavel Theatre in Dartmouth – 16 December 2023

The Flavel’s auditorium will be full of stalls from crafters and artisans all over the South Hams while the top floor studio will have crafting activities.

There will be drop-in wreath making sessions for adults (for a suggested donation) and children’s crafting and activities as well as story-telling, a children’s quiz and a Splat the Sprout game.

Entertainment will be provided by a Christmas choir and local musicians.

Where

Flavel Theatre, Flavel Place, Dartmouth, TQ6 9ND

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A Very Christmas Fair

Christmas markets in Mid Devon

Find your perfect Devon gifts at this market in Mid Devon:

Tiverton Christmas Markets – selected dates from 25 November to 23 December 2023

What’s on

Find quality West Country crafts, homeware, Christmas wreaths, decorations, and food and drink at these annual Christmas Markets held on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays in the run up to Christmas.

At the Electric Nights Street Food Christmas Special on 25 November the town lights will also be switched on and there’s a Santa’s grotto.

Where

Tiverton Pannier Market, Fore St, Tiverton, EX16 6NH

Find out more

Tiverton Annual Christmas Market

Christmas markets in North Devon

Here’s where to find Christmas markets near you:

Affinity Christmas Market 11 to 12 November 2023

What’s on

Head to Affinity Devon Shopping Centre for a traditional Christmas Market alongside big name brand outlets.

At the market you’ll find Christmas-themed stalls, music and entertainment.

Where

Clovelly Rd, Bideford EX39 3QU

Find out more

Affinity Christmas Market

Magic of Christmas Craft and Food Fair, RHS Rosemoor – 23 to 25 November and 2 to 3 December 2023

What’s on

Meet some of the best artisan traders from around the Westcountry and get your Christmas shopping done before the December rush.

Normal garden entry prices apply.

Where

RHS Rosemoor, Great Torrington, EX38 8PH

Find out more

RHS Rosemoor

Combe Christmas Market – 24 November 2023

What’s on

There will be craft stalls and late night shopping in Ilfracombe High Street and at the War Memorial as the town switches on its Christmas lights..

Where

High Street, Ilfracombe.

Find out more

Combe Christmas

Barnstaple Christmas Fayre – 30 November 2023

What’s on

As well as stall selling crafts and festive food and drink in the Pannier Market, there will be a chance to see Father Christmas and his Elves at the Guildhall.

Enjoy Carols from the Mayor and Councillors, and local Male Voice Choir and Ladies Voice Choir before the Christmas lights are switched on.

Where

Barnstaple Pannier Market, Butchers Row, Barnstaple, EX31 1SY.

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Barnstaple Christmas Fayre

Christmas markets at Woolley Animals Farm – selected dates 2 to 20 December 2023

What’s on

Visit the farm to see the barn decorated for Christmas with animals to meet and plenty of picture opportunities as well as a covered market with crafts, refreshments and festive food.

Entry to the farm including the market costs £4 per person. You can also book to Visit Santa in his grotto for an additional charge.

Where

Woolley Animals Farm Park, just outside Winkley, What3Words location: ///monkeys.snowboard.fools

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Woolley Animals Farm

Christmas Market at The Big Sheep – 2, 9, 16 and 23 December 2023

What’s on

The BIG Sheep at Bideford is where you’ll find the South West’s biggest Christmas market.

There will be free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, fresh fish and Christmas trees to name just a few of foodie delights delights.

Entry is free on four dates in December.

Where

The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham Road, Bideford, EX39 5AP

Find out more

The BIG Sheep Christmas Market

Christmas markets at South Molton Pannier Market – TBC

What’s on

There will be a range of yuletide shopping opportunities happening at South Molton’s pannier market in the run up to Christmas.

Enjoy festive food and drink, a Christmas flea market and late night shopping.

Where

South Molton Pannier Market, Broad St, South Molton EX36 3AB.

Find out more

South Molton Pannier Market

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