Choose Your Christmas Tree
Whether you’re choosing pre-cut or selecting a ‘live one’, make an experience out of starting your home Christmas decoration. Little ones will be more inclined to help decorate the tree knowing they’ve chosen it, and it’s a great way to teach about the cycle of planting trees. Find a Christmas tree farm near you: www.pickyourownchristmas tree.org.uk
Meet the Reindeer
Head to Cotley Farm, near Whimple, and meet the very special new addition to the family-run farm as, this year, a baby reindeer was born and welcomed to the herd. Meet the new arrival from now until Christmas Eve for a truly magical experience. Feed the reindeer Norwegian lichen in the barns, and watch them graze happily in front of rolling countryside views. What’s more, if you buy a Christmas Tree your entry ticket will be refunded. Book your visit and find out more at www.cotleychristmas.co.uk
Christmas Light Trails
Brighten the dark nights with a festive light show!
Go back in time to enjoy Christmas at the Castle (27 November – 30 December) as Powderham becomes aglow, or travel further afield to RHS Garden, Rosemoor, for their fantastic ‘Glow’ event from 16th November – 30th December, which this year has been extended into the woodland. With light and atmospheric soundscapes, Christmas foodie treats, and plenty of family entertainment, it’s a spectacle for all. You could also try Paignton Zoo’s brand new ‘GloWild’ interactive light experience (17 November – 2 January) for a dazzling adventure through story and light.
Looking for free options? Torquay’s Bay of Lights offers over a mile of tunnel lights to walk through. Otherwise, why not take a local walk around your town or village, or a neighbourhood nearby, to see some impressive homemade efforts.
See a Christmas Show
Whether it’s the classic Dick Whittington, some Disney magic, or homage to the hilarious Nativity Christmas Musical, a Christmas show is a great way to unite the family. See our What’s On guide for shows happening near you!
Rejoice at the sound of a local chorus singing your favourite Christmas songs. The awe-inspiring Carols in the Cathedral (13 – 14th December) is a popular one, or get the
full manger experience with a magical evening at Carols by Candlelight at Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary (8th December).
Festive Fun Runs
Why not replace your usual run with a Christmas fun run? Exeter is hosting a 2.5k and 5k run on 3rd December or head to the beach (yes in December) for Age UK’s Exmouth Santa Run on 10th December. Need a longer route? Try the ‘Extremely Jolly’ 10k at Escot on 9th December – with 30m waterslide finale!
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This manageable there and back route offers easy walking and wheeling along the eastern side of the reservoir and to the dams, plus additional access to the wildlife trail in the Burrator Arboretum