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Saturday 29


Bovey Tracey, House of Marbles, TQ13 9DS


Father Christmas in his Gotto. Also 30 November and 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Visit a very happy Santa in his cosy grotto. Cost: £5.99 per child – this includes a gift, a badge, balloon, drink and a discount voucher. For more details visit or call 01626 835285






Wednesday 3


Newton Abbot, St Leonard’s Clock Tower, TQ12 1JR


Santa’s Grotto. At 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Also 6 and 13 December from 11am to 1pm, 17 December from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and 20 December from 11am to 1pm. Each child will have an opportunity to have a chat with Santa and receive a small bag of sweets. Santa will arrive at his Saturday grotto (6, 13, 20 December) in the Clock Tower on his sleigh. For further details go to or call 01626 201120




Saturday 6


Exeter, Harlequins Shopping Centre, EX4 3EW


Santa’s Grotto.  From 10am to 3pm. This Christmas at Harlequins, there’s a new free to visit Grotto with a special post box where the children can send their Christmas wishes to Santa. There’s also a Christmas treasure hunt to win a chocolate Santa. Entry to the Grotto is free - any donations made will be given to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. For more information visit




Near Exeter, Killerton, EX5 3LE


Victorian Father Christmas. From 11am-4pm. Also 13 and 20 December. Meet Father Christmas all dressed in green, as he would have been in Dickens’ time. There will be a gift for every child aged 8 or below. Cost: £3 per child plus normal admission applies. Go to or call 01392 881345 to find out more.


Exeter, Magdalen Road, EX2 4TA


Christmas Fair. From 2pm to 6pm. Featuring fairground rides, a raffle, live music and fun activities.  For more details call 01392 274667


Buckfastleigh, South Devon Railway


Santa by Steam. Also running on the 7, 13, 14, 19 to 23 December. See Santa on board his special grotto train! He will be handing out a Christmas gift to every child who travels, while there are mince pies and mulled wine for the grown-ups. Booking for all Santa by Steam trips is essential. Call 0843 357 1420 or visit


Buckfastleigh, Pennywell Farm, TQ11 0LT


Santa and Christmas at Pennywell. Also 7, 13, 14, 19-24 December. Children will be able to visit Father Christmas and receive a gift in his festive Grotto after the nativity performances. Santa's family of reindeer will be in the farmyard to meet their Christmas visitors. Call 01364 642023 or visit for details


Sunday 7


Kents Cavern, Torquay, TQ1 2JF


Santa in the Caves. Also 13, 14 and 20 to 24 December. Santa returns to Kents Cavern again this year and he's joined by some very unexpected and magical friends. Get caught up in the magic as another exciting Christmas adventure ensues full of Christmas spirit, fun and laughter for all the family. A truly wonderful experience that brings out the child in everyone and puts the joy and wonder back into Christmas. Cost: £9 - includes an hour long show, a personal visit with Santa, fantastic Christmas presents, mulled wine (for parents!) and mince pies. Each child (2-12) meets Santa and receives a wrapped quality present. Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3pm. For more details go to or call 01803 215136


Saturday 13


Paignton Zoo, TQ4 7EU


Santa at Paignton Zoo. Also 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Times: 10.30am - 11.30am; 12pm - 1pm; 2pm - 3.30pm. Santa's lost his reindeer - visit Paignton Zoo this Christmas to help him find them! Go on a festive adventure around the Zoo, meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a great present, then ride the Jungle Christmas Express to spot all the reindeer – and receive a special Christmas goody bag. Cost: Children (up to 15 years) £8, Adults and seniors go free. This price does not include entry to the Zoo. Pre-booking is essential. The Santa ticket includes a train ride for children; adults will need to pay for a ticket. For more details visit or call 0844 474 2222


Near Drewsteignton, Castle Drogo, EX6 6PB


Father Christmas visits Castle Drogo. From 11am – 4pm. Also on Sunday 14, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 December. Father Christmas will be making a very special visit to Castle Drogo this December. Follow the trail through the garden to find him and receive a special present. For more information call 01647 433306 or visit


Paignton, Queens Park Station, Dartmouth Steam Railway


The Santa Express – featuring Cinderella. Young and old children are needed to help drive away the Ugly Sisters and welcome Father Christmas and his helpers on the Santa Express. This fun, festive train will run three times a day on the 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Children will receive a visit from Santa at their seat. Visit to book your tickets and find out more


charges apply. Booking is essential. For more details call 01271 850296






Torquay, Living Coasts, TQ1 2BG


Brunch with Santa at Living Coasts. Also 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Visit Living Coasts this Christmas and enjoy a festive pancake brunch before meeting Santa in his magical Grotto. Children will get to decorate their very own Christmas pancakes with all sorts of sweet treats, take part in a craft activity and meet Santa to receive a special present. Booking is essential. For more details call 0844 474 3366 or go to


Saturday 20


St Marychurch, Bygones, TQ1 4PR


Victorian Christmas: Have breakfast with Santa. Until 24 December. Witness the transformation of the Victorian Street into a snow covered wonderland. Plus have breakfast with Santa at 9.30am. Cost: £12.50 for 1 adult and 1 child. Book early to avoid disappointment. After breakfast spend as much time as you like in Bygones and enjoy the Christmas displays. For more details visit or call 01803 326108


Sunday 21


Ottery St Mary, Escot, EX11 1LU


Christmas Tea and Fireside Tales with Father Christmas. From 4pm - 5.30pm. Enjoy children’s Christmas tea in the Coach House Restaurant and take part in a lantern procession to Yurt Village where Father Christmas will be waiting in his armchair by the log fire ready to read some Christmas tales to the children. Cost: £9 per child (accompanying grown-ups free). Places are limited and pre-booking is required. For more details visit or call 01404 822188


Wednesday 24 – Christmas Eve


Plymouth, Armada Gardens, PL1 2AA


Christmas Eve breakfast with Santa at the outdoor ice rink. From 8.30am. Breakfast includes skating with Santa, a gift and a choice of hot dog, muffin, giant cookie and a hot or cold drink - all will be served by the great man in red plus his mischievous elves. Price per child: £12.50 and price per adult: £10. To make a booking or for more details visit