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Christmas in Exeter

What to expect in Exeter this Christmas

Christmas in Exeter is a wonderfully atmospheric time of year.

Visit the Cathedral Christmas Market on the Cathedral Green from Friday 17 November to Sunday 17 December, to explore a labyrinth of winding lanes, festooned with fairy lights and laced with the seasonal sights and smells of festive chalets. 

Don't miss the chance to meet Santa in Princesshay, from Thursday 30 November until Christmas Eve in the Christmas Lodge on Bedford Street. Princesshay will also host a new classic, cosy and beautifully decorated Christmas bar from 16 November to 23 December. Plus, there will be a Christmas Market with an eclectic, ever changing range of gifts from local traders.

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, Princesshay, Guildhall Shopping Centre, to independent and vintage fashions, jewellery, crafts and gifts in the cobbled Gandy Street and quirky West Quarter.

Just a short train trip from Exeter, the beautiful estuary town of Topsham offers a wonderfully eclectic Christmas shopping experience. With over 50 independent shops and services across town, you’re sure to find a unique gift. Visit during their Christmas shopping evening to soak up the festive atmosphere. Find out more on the Love Topsham.

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When are the Exeter Christmas events?

This year you can experience Christmas happenings in Exeter from 17 November until late December.

How to get to the Exeter Christmas events

Getting to Exeter by train is easy. The closest station is Exeter Central. Mainline trains from London and Cornwall stop at Exeter St Davids. You can either change for a train to Exeter Central from here, or it’s a 20-minute walk to Exeter city centre.

Christmas market in Exeter at night