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Christmas in Exeter

Published: 27 November 2019

Where to see Santa in Exeter Christmas in Exeter

Exeter’s compact city centre makes it ideal for Christmas shopping. An eclectic mix of shops can be found within easy walking distance of each other, from the big names in the High Street and Princesshay, to independent and vintage fashions, jewellery, crafts and gifts in the cobbled Gandy Street and quirky West Quarter.

Browse for unique and artisan gifts from local retailers and enjoy festive food and mulled wine at the atmospheric Christmas Market on Cathedral Green, open from 16 November until the 19 December.

In the lead up to Christmas, shops will be open late every Thursday with evening street entertainment in Princesshay.

Enjoy a family day out and continue getting into the festive spirit with RAMM on 21 and 22 December as they have A Musical Christmas with festive music held throughout the museum!

When you’re shopped out, cosy up with a real ale in one of Exeter’s historic pubs, or seek out one of the city’s speakeasy-style cocktail bars for a seasonal concoction. This should get you in the mood for a festive sing along to this year’s pantomime performance of Beauty and the Beast at the Exeter Northcott, 30 November - 5 January.

All of the city’s historic attractions are open year round. Escape the bustle of Christmas shoppers to explore beneath the city’s streets on a guided tour of Exeter’s medieval Underground Passages, or join a free guided walking tour of the city with the Red Coat Guides. Don’t miss RAMM, Exeter’s award winning museum, where you can explore 16 galleries of local and national touring exhibitions, also completely free of charge. See more things to do in Exeter here.

Find more Christmas events on the Visit Exeter website, and check out their picks of Christmas offers & packages in Exeter to make the most of your visit. 

View a copy of the Christmas in Exeter Guide visit the Visit Exeter Christmas page.


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