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Ultimate family guide to Christmas 2019 in and around Plymouth

With Christmas just around the corner and so many events going on in and around Plymouth, it’s hard to know which ones to take your children to.

Do you do a grotto, a Santa train or take them to a Christmas show? And once you’ve decided that, WHICH grotto, Santa train or Christmas show do you choose? There’s so much choice!

To help you out I’ve created a (rather extensive) list of things you may want to do. Most are for children and families, with the odd wine night or carol concert thrown in for good festive measure! But at least you can’t say you didn’t know what was happening in this wonderful city of ours.

GROTTOS

Father Christmas Grotto
Chaplins Grotto

Plymouth Market

Children can meet Santa this December at Plymouth Market in the city centre. On Saturday December 7 they can enjoy a free storytelling session with him from 11am to 2pm, then on Saturdays December 14 and 21, and Sunday December 22, they can meet him in his grotto from 11am to 4pm. His elves will be on hand to do special Christmas crafts too.  Read more here.

Endsleigh Garden Centre

Another popular choice for Plymouth folk, is the grotto at Endsleigh Garden Centre. But there’s more than one chance to meet Santa – as well as the grotto you can also have breakfast or tea with him. It’s loads of fun! Find out more and book here.

Chaplins

The Plympton store is renowned for its Christmas Grotto – with festive scenes to walk through before meeting the big man, my boys love this one. Santa arrives at 10.45am on Saturday November 9 so be sure to put a visit in your diary. More info here.

Boringdon Hall Hotel

If you fancy something a bit different for your older children that is still magical, head to The Snowman themed Santa’s Grotto at Boringdon Hall Hotel. Visitors will be dazzled by a dance performance and then enjoy a festive afternoon tea before getting creative with Christmas activities including gingerbread decorating. They then get to meet Santa Claus himself. It runs at 12.30pm and 4pm on December 8, 15 and 22. Read all about it here.

Woodlands Theme Park

Now THIS is the one I’m really excited about (seeing as I’ve booked for us to go!). Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands! A visit to see Santa includes a mesmerising walk through Santa’s Workshop and NINE rooms of festive fun before meeting the big man. As well as a gift and sweet treat, children get free reindeer food and adults get a festive drink. Win win! Kids can also take their pre-written Christmas letters to be posted to Santa in his very own personal postbox. It runs on selected dates from November 30 to December 23. Find out more details about it here. And have a look at this fabulous video by my lovely fellow Devon blogger Tin Box Traveller.

How amazing does this look?

Tamar View Nurseries

Pop along to Tamar View Nurseries in Carkeel to see Santa at his Grotto as well as all his festive friends. The singing reindeer were a huge hit with my boys last year! The grotto opens on Saturday November 16 and is open on selected dates until Christmas Eve. Have a little look here to find see what it’s all about.

Eden Project

If you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing grotto experience head for the Eden Project in Cornwall. I’ve taken my boys for the last two years and the 45 minute session really is fabulous. Inside Santa’s cosy tend children will get to see ‘behind the scenes’ including the elves’ bunkbeds, the pigeonholes full of children’s letters and all the stockings laid out ready for the big day. Children are entertained by the elves, and after settling down for a story beside an open fire, each child can enjoy a special moment with the man in red. If your kids are anything like mine, getting a memorable picture of the whole thing might be a bit tricky.  Find out how to book here.

Eden Project Christmas grotto
So glad the kids looked happy at Eden…

Otter Garden Centre

Okay, so there’s not strictly a grotto here, but if you’re like me and need ideas of somewhere to take the pre-schoolers on a miserable December morning, it’s well worth a visit. The Christmas section has loads for the children to see, and previous years I’ve spent pretty much a whole morning watching my boys mesmerised by singing reindeer/snowmen or dancing Christmas trees. And there’s a cafe for that all-important coffee, so what’s not to like? Way better than a morning of soft play hell. Have a read of this to find out more.

Bedruthan Steps Hotel

A bit further out but apparently well worth a visit is the Sugar and Spice Grotto at Bedruthan. Children can go on a magical adventure meeting friendly elves Tomte and Astrid and the loveable reindeer in Tummetott village. They enter Festlig Wood lit by candlelight and decorate beautiful wooden Christmas tree decorations to take home. Little ones can visit the Ice Queen in her snow cavern, throw snowballs and make snow angels. After making their way through the frozen forest, they get to meet Father Christmas in his Sugar and Spice Grotto. Read more here.

Trago Mills

Santa is being kept very busy racing between all the Trago stores, but you can catch him at either the Liskeard or Newton Abbot stores on selected dates from Saturday November 24. Ride the North Pole Express to visit Santa, see the famous model railway and join the elves in their workshop. You can also have breakfast with Father Christmas. Check out the details here.

Crealy Christmas Spectacular

If you’re looking for an entire day of Christmas-based fun, head to Crealy near Exeter. You’d be hard-pushed to not be festive by the end of it with activities including decorating gingerbread in Mary Christmas’ Bakery, creating your very own blend of reindeer food to take home at Rudy’s Reindeer Food Making Station, take home a present from Santa’s Toy Factory, take a letter ready to send off at Santa’s Post Office, sing along with the Singing Snowmen, join Santa and his most senior elf ‘Jingles’ in Santa’s Magical Showtime, and make your own tree decoration or personalised present tag in the Decoration Station. And new to the Crealy Christmas Spectacular this year is the Christmas On Ice Show – The Snow Globe Adventure. The fun starts on November 30. Find out more here.

Pennywell Farm

If you’ve not taken your children to Pennywell Farm at Christmas you really should. Not only do they get to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto (if you’re a regular Pennywell Farmer he *may sound familar…) the little ones can also dress up and take part in the fabulous nativity plays with real animals. It’s such a lovely experience. This year you can also have breakfast or a cream tea with Santa too. Christmas arrives at Pennywell on November 23. More details are here.

Little boy at a reindeer grotto
Pennywell peekaboo

House of Marbles

Father Christmas will be popping in to spread his festive cheer at the House of Marbles at Bovey Tracey. Children will receive a gift and balloon from Santa, whilst the whole family have the chance to win prizes by taking part in a quiz. The grotto is open every weekend between 10am and 3pm from Saturday November 16. Details are here.

Kents Cavern

Families can join Santa and his friends in a magical underground adventure at Kents Cavern this year. The pantomime-style adventure around the caves lasts an hour and is full of Christmas spirit, fun and laughter for all the family. Tickets include the promenade performance, a personal visit with Santa, Christmas present, mulled wine and mince pies, and a return adult ticket to the caves in January. Read more about it here.

Morwellham Quay

Families can ride the train to an underground grotto to visit Santa at Morwellham Quay this year. They can also make their own chocolate lolly, bake their own Christmas roll, or paint their own tree decoration. Book tickets here.

CHRISTMAS TRAINS

Boys enjoy a trip on a santa train at christmas
Cousins loving the Plym Valley North Pole Express

Plym Valley Railway

Catch the North Pole Express from Coypool to the er, North Pole throughout December. Meet Father Christmas and his elves on the steam train journey to the Arctic, then visit his grotto when you get there. It’s on every weekend in December. See you there! Buy tickets here.

South Devon Railway

Children can meet Father Christmas in his own onboard Grotto on Santa By Steam. They can travel from Buckfastleigh to Totnes and back in traditionally decorated carriages, meet the elves, and enjoy festive refreshments on the journey. There are even evening trains for an extra special experience. Trains depart on selected weekends in December. Find out details here.

Dartmoor Railway

It’s the one they all talk about. The Train to Christmas Town from Okehampton Station is set to bring the spirit of Christmas to life in style. There are fabulous characters to meet and interactive entertainment on the 1.5 hour trip. The elves and conductor will entertain with singing, dancing and storytelling on the way to collect Santa. Kids will be introduced to new characters inspired by The Train to Christmas Town book, and will love munching on chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate. On arrival at the North Pole at Christmas Town, Santa will climb aboard with his naughty Dancing Elves, ready to greet each child with a gift. Those cheeky Dancing Elves will then have the whole carriage singing and dancing along to Christmas song favourites. How flippin’ awesome! Trains depart on selected dates from November 29 to Christmas Eve. Get your tickets here.

Bodmin and Wenford Railway

When he’s not driving the sleigh with Rudolph, Father Christmas travels by steam train, and families have the chance to join in at Bodmin and Wenford Railway this festive period. Mince pies, seasonal drinks and carols can be enjoyed on the platform, before visitors climb aboard for an hour-long return journey on the steam locomotive. During the journey, kids can visit Santa, take plenty of photos and make Christmas memories. It runs on selected dates in December. Read more details here.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ONS

Plymouth Barbican lights switch on
The Barbican Lights Switch On. Pic by Visit Plymouth

Plymouth City Centre

Always one for the calendar, Plymouth City Centre’s Christmas Lights switch on will take place on Thursday November 14 from 4pm. The event on the Piazza marks the start of late-night shopping and there will be a whole host of entertainment from Radio Plymouth, local schools, theatre groups and the Party Princesses. Four-piece indie, rock and pop band The Sound will close the evening’s programme with tracks from The Killers, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Snow Patrol and Mumford & Sons.  The lights will be switched on by Santa himself with a hand from the Party Princesses and the city’s new Mayflower Town Crier at 6.30pm. Read more here.

The Barbican

Father Christmas will be arriving on the RNLI lifeboat to switch on the lights at the Barbican and Sutton Harbour on December 1. But you need to watch out as the Grinch will also be roaming the streets ready to cause chaos at the event. Cheeky! Children’s activities and entertainment will start from 12pm on Southside Street, with the switch on taking place at 5pm. Find out all about it here.

Saltash Christmas Festival

Up to 5,000 people are expected at this hugely popular Saltash event on Saturday December 7. It will include the lights switch on in Fore Street, santas on bikes, stalls, entertainment, a lantern parade, and even fireworks. Sounds awesome!  Read more details here.

Plympton Lights Switch On

Light Up Plympton will take place on The Ridgeway on Monday November 25. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event to see the lights turned on, enjoy entertainment and browse the stalls. Find out more here.

Frozen giants at a Christmas lights switch on
Plympton Lights Switch On. Pic by Plymouth Herald

Plymstock Lights Switch On

The Broadway shopping centre is set to be lit up on Wednesday November 20. Stalls and entertainment will be on from midday until 7pm. More details are set to be updated here.

Crownhill Village Lights Switch On

Crownhill Village Switch On – The Christmas lights will be switched on in Crownhill village on November 29. The event will include choirs, a brass band, music, characters, a Christmas tree and stalls. Read more here.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

Plymouth Christmas santa fun run
City Centre Santa Run – it’s like a Christmas version of Where’s Wally? Pic by John Allen at Plymouth Herald

Santa Fun Run

You may think your eyes are playing tricks on you, but it’s certainly a sight to behold when hundreds of ‘Santas’ run through the city centre in the annual Santa Fun Run. This year it’s taking place on Sunday December 8, and people of all ages are encouraged to take part in walking, jogging or running either a 4km or 2.5km loop of the city centre. You can sign up now to take part, and to receive your free Santa suit and medal. Or just pop along to watch from 11am to get into the festive spirit. Find out more here.

Penguin Trail

The LEGO brick penguins are back! It was such a success last year, the penguins have decided to return to Plymouth again this Christmas. From November 30 to January 5, there will be 20 penguins hiding in shops throughout the city centre to find. There are 19 Rockhoppers and one extra special Emperor to find. If you find all of them you could be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes including a family trip to Legoland or a penguin feeding experience at Living Coasts. Read more about it here. Happy hunting! 

Illuminate Festival

Not strictly Christmassy, but you’ll still get all the festive feels at this year’s Illuminate light-based festival at the Royal William Yard. It runs from November 28 to December 1, and will launch the Mayflower 400 commemorative year during Thanksgiving. You can expect light projections, installations, performances and interactive activities that will enchant the whole family for free. And it’s not just restricted to the RWY this year, there will also be bits going on at Mount Edgcumbe and the Barbican. Find out more here.

Plymouth's Illuminate Festival
The Royal William Yard’s llluminate Festival. Pic by One Plymouth

Real Ideas Organisation Events

As part of this year’s Illuminate, the Real Ideas Organisation is holding a couple of workshops to work alongside another of its programmes called Future Make. They take place on November 16 and 23 at Ocean Studios at the Royal William Yard and are ideal for children aged between 5 and 12. It is an opportunity to design tech, create a digital immersive experience and design engineering structures – and are part of the iMayflower project. Find out more here.

Ocean Studios’ Planet Christmas – which is trying to get people to have a more sustainable Christmas – will also see a string of festive sessions down at the Yard for anyone wishing to get creative. Every Saturday until December 21, there will be Mini Maker sessions from 10am to 12pm which are creative sessions designed to unleash children’s inner artistic talent. The sessions are free, but organisers are hopeful visitors will make a £1 donation. On December 11 there is a Wild and Dried Alternative Wreath Workshop using locally grown natural materials. You can make your own angel decoration on December 17, 19 and 20, or decorate your own wooden Christmas ornament with a personalised message on December 19. There’s loads going on so check it all here.

Tavistock Christmas Festival

If a visit to Tavistock’s Christmas Festival on Sunday December 15 won’t get you into the festive spirit, nothing will! Organisers are offering a fun day out for all the family and a chance to pick up last minute gifts. There will be music from local choirs, mulled wine, street food and Christmas performances. Over 60 artisan, food and gift exhibitors will be selling their goods in the Butchers Hall and Pannier Market from 11am to 4pm. All the details are here.

Rotary Club Santa’s Sleigh

When I was a child, it wasn’t Christmas until I’d seen Santa’s sleigh ‘fly’ past my house. The wonderful tradition, by the Rotary Club of Saltram Plympton is still going and will see volunteers help Father Christmas collect money for local charities from Wednesday December 11. Find out where it’s going here.

Hugs Christmas Jumper Day

On December 6 Plymouth children (and adults) are being encouraged to wear their Christmas jumpers and donate £1 to the well-known local children’s cancer charity Hugs from Henry. Whether they do it by themselves or have an organised event, everyone is welcome. Money will go to support local families dealing with childhood cancer.  See how to get involved here.

Plymouth City Centre Christmas Market

There’s a chance to buy some unique gifts at the Plymouth Christmas Market from November 28 to December 19. Traders from across the South West and beyond will be selling their wares from seasonal stalls and log cabins, with the chance to pick up anything from handmade jewellery and clothing to artwork and homewares, as well as have a sneaky tipple from the Bavarian Bar and snap a selfie in front of the giant illuminated bauble. There will also be entertainment from gospel choirs and vintage vocalists. Read more about it here.

Plymouth Christmas market and lights
Bavarian tipple at Plymouth Christmas Market, anyone? Pic by Penny Cross at Plymouth Herald

Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival

If you want to see how they’re really supposed to look, take a trip to Tavistock Christmas Tree Festival in Tavistock Parish Church from November 29 to December 8. More details are here.

Polar Bear Explorer Trail

If penguins aren’t enough, then head off around Plymouth’s Waterfront in search of 20 polar bear cubs on this explorer trail. They will be hidden in businesses from the Barbican down to the Royal William Yard from December 1 to January 1. It’s a chance for kids to learn about climate change along the way, and by finding the cubs, you’ll be in with a chance of winning some great prizes.

Polar bears line up for a Plymouth trail
Ready to spot a polar bear?

Santa’s Christmas Party Cruise

If you fancy something a bit different, ready your sea legs and head for Santa’s Christmas Party Cruise on Saturday December 14. The 1.5 hour long boat trip is offering festive fun for all the family including a glass of mulled wine and mince pie for the adults, and a soft drink and toy for each child. There will also be festive music and face painting. More details are here.

Big Doggy Day Out Christmas Festival

And just when you thought the world couldn’t get any more bonkers, there’s now a Christmas festival FOR YOUR DOG! Take your four legged friends along to the Big Doggy Day Out Christmas Festival at Tavistock Pannier Market and Butchers Hall on Sunday November 3. The idea is dog-owners can combine buying Christmas gifts with activities for your dog and you to enjoy. Stalls will be selling everything from dog accessories to food, and to keep the pooches happy there will be all sorts of Christmas games for them to enjoy including a snowball run and advent adventure, a special doggy cafe and fun dog show. There will even be a Santa Paws Christmas Grotto where you can take home a picture of the big man himself with your dog. The mind boggles to be honest! Read more about it here.

CHRISTMAS AT THE NATIONAL TRUST

Christmas trees lit up at Saltram
Loving the Christmas trees at Saltram

Saltram House

If you follow my blog or social media channels you’ll know Saltram is basically my favourite go-to place, so obviously I’ll be heading there this Christmas. And there’s plenty to do! The beautiful Enchanted Saltram lights are back with the Illuminated Gardens and House from November 22 to December 30 from 12-8pm. Or enjoy Storytime with Father Christmas in the stables as he shares magical stories and songs about what some of his fairytale friends got for Christmas. It’s on selected dates from December 1 to 23 with showings lasting about 45 minutes on at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm.

And the hugely popular Christmas Craft and Food Fair will take place on November 15, 16 and 17 with the very best in local crafts and food on sale to give you Christmas gift ideas. Children can enjoy the fairhouse trail around the garden, and Saltash Town Band will be making the atmosphere even more festive on the Saturday and Sunday. Find out more details about all the events here.

Buckland Abbey

Buckland’s Christmas Food and Craft Fair is taking place in the Great Barn, Ox Yard, School Room and craft marquee with over 45 stalls of locally produced crafts and tasty treats. You can enjoy a hot chocolate whilst listening to the live brass band in the courtyard. It takes place on November 8 – 10. Details are here.

Cotehele

Cotehele’s famous Christmas flower garland is being prepared over 10 days in early November and is expected to be the biggest and best yet. It’s definitely worth a visit, and the gardens are great for the kids to run around in. The garland will be on display until January 5. Find out more here.

THEATRE AND CONCERTS

Looking forward to seeing the Elves and the Shoemaker. Pic by Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth

There’s loads of Christmassy stuff on at TRP this year. Nativity! The Musical is back from November 26 to 30, and is bringing with it all those fab, catchy musical numbers with it. I literally just have to look at the DVD box and I’m singing Sparkle and Shine for the next three days. This time it stars Love Island’s Dani Dyer and loads of talented children from Plymouth. It’s going to be popular! 
Elves and the Shoemaker is perfect for the little ones, designed for those aged three and above, and is a hilarious retelling of the much-loved classic tale by the Stuff and Nonsense theatre company. The hour long performance is full of wit, charm and surprising puppetry apparently. It’s going to be my twins’ first trip to the Theatre Royal so I can’t wait! It’s on in The Drum from December 3 to January 18.
This year’s pantomime is Cinderella, starring TV’s funnyman Brian Conley. It’s set to be full of laugh-out-loud comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, stunning song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses. It runs from December 20 to January 18. Check out all the details here.

Barbican Theatre Plymouth

Swashbuckling family comedy Treasure Island is being performed at the Barbican Theatre this Christmas by popular foursome Le Navet Bete. The hilarious rip-roaring comedy adventure encounters pirates, tropical islands and high seas. It’s recommended for children aged 6+ and is on from December 12 to January 5. Book tickets here.

Soapbox Children’s Theatre

Stiltskin Theatre company is performing The Curious Tale of Jack Frost from December 7 to 24. Described as a magical festival delight for all the family, the show will discover the artist behind the patterns Jack Frost leaves behind on a nippy morning. There will be under 5 shows, and performances for over 5s. Read here for tickets.

Above Bounds Theatre Collective

Above Bounds, a collective of artists based in Plymouth, is holding a Christmas storytelling event at Ocean Studios in the Royal William Yard on Sunday December 22 at 1pm. The story is Twas’ The Night Before Christmas and is ideal for all the family. Book tickets here.

Victorian Christmas Concert

The University of Plymouth Choral Society will put on a Christmas concert on Saturday December 7 in the Minster Church of St Andrew on Royal Parade. For tickets have a look here.

Snowman and deer Christmas lights

Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

Returning to the Plymouth Pavilions again this year, this popular event will feature some of the finest seasonal music from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth. On Saturday December 7 they will perform Christmas music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. I can feel my toes start to tap already! Book tickets here.

Phoenix Chorale Christmas Concert

“Christmas is Here’ will be performed by the Phoenix Chorale at St Peter’s Church, Wyndham Square on Saturday December 14. For tickets click here.

Christmas in the City

The South West Philharmonia and Chorus will be performing Christmas in the City at the Minster Church of St Andrew on Saturday December 21. Book tickets here.

CHRISTMAS FAIRS AND MARKETS

Toddler and Father Christmas
Er mummy, who’s the dude lurking behind me?

Plymouth Christmas Show

Santa will be putting in an early appearance at the Plymouth Christmas Show in The Guildhall on Saturday November 16. Stalls will be offering everything you need to make your festive season including Christmas cards, gifts, seasonal fashion and decor, as well as entertaining tips. Find out more here.

Mount Edgcumbe Christmas Fayre

This popular event is taking place on December 7 and 8 in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park. It will feature cookery demonstrations from leading West Country chefs, local produce, crafts, stalls, entertainment and Christmas carols. Read more here.

HonkyTonk Christmas Drinks Fayre

Okay, so not one for the kids, but who wants them around when you’ve got wine to drink, anyway? Head to the fabulous HonkyTonk Wine Library on Sutton Harbour for their Drinks Fayre on Sunday November 24 from 1pm to 7pm.. On offer will be local chocolates, deli food hampers to pre-order, wine hampers to pre-order, over 40 local and international wines, plenty of rum and ports, and gins from Barbican Botanicals (another one of my favourite places), beers, flowers, and luxury spa gift sets. Definitely sounds like my kind of event! Read all about it here.

Woodside Animal Welfare Trust Fair

Woodside are holding their annual Christmas fair at the animal sanctuary near Plympton on Sunday November 24 from 10.30 to 4pm. There will be stalls selling gifts, cake, tombola, lucky dip, and refreshments. Find out more here.

Etsy Made Local

If you’re looking for homemade, unique gifts, then this is the place to go. Etsy Made Local will be at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel on Sunday December 1 from 10am, and will see a whole host of local craft sellers, entertainment and music. There’s even going to be mulled wine and mince pies, so what’s not to like! Belle and Cinderella party princesses will also be putting in an appearance. All the details are here.

stockings on a fireplace
Can’t beat homemade stuff…

Plymstock Albion Oaks Rugby Club Christmas Fayre

There’s a chance to do some Christmas shopping or just have a look around the arts and crafts, and gifts stalls at this Christmas Fayre on November 3 between 1pm and 4pm. It will raise money for the Wallace and Gromet Grand Appeal which raises money for Bristol Children’s Hospital, after local 11 year old Oliver Brown was treated there for an extremely rare form of blood cancer. The event is organised by the Plymstock Albion Oaks RFC and Kayan Joah Cafe at Horsham Fields, Staddiscombe.

Elburton Primary School Christmas Fair

Obviously I had to include this one – seeing as this is my little boy’s school! Their Christmas Fair is taking place at the school in Haye Road South from 5pm to 7pm on Friday December 6. There will be fabulous festive stalls keeping the children entertained, as well as a raffle.

Hooe Primary Christmas Table Top Sale

Local stalls selling preloved items and crafts will be at this event on Saturday November 30 between 10am and 1pm at Hooe Primary Academy. 

Betts Sparkly Christmas Fair

Girlguiding Plympton Division are holding their Christmas Fair on Wednesday December 4 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. There will be crafts, foods, treats and games – and even a visit from the big man himself! It will raise money for local Girlguiding and take place at Betts Guiding Centre at the bottom of Station Road in Plympton. More details are here.

Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home

Father Christmas will be popping along to Gables Farm in Plympton on Saturday November 30 from 11am to 3pm. There will also be homemade cakes and refreshments. Read more here.

toddler next to Christmas tree
Step away from the tree…

Jeremiah’s Journey Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre

There’s a chance to browse for that perfect Christmas present at the same time as supporting an amazing children’s bereavement charity at Boringdon Park Golf Club on Sunday December 1. Entertainment includes Santa’s Grotto, gift and craft stalls, a raffle, refreshments, children’s craft workshops, and singing and dancing from local choirs and groups. More details are here.

Bebek Boutique Bay and Children’s Christmas Market

The Christmas-themed market will take place at Plymstock Community Centre on Saturday December 21. Local businesses will be hosting a variety of stalls including pre-loved items. Read more about it here.

Christmas Book Sale and Arts Fair

The Marine Biological Association is holding a Christmas book sale and arts fair on December 5, 6 and 7. It’s an ideal chance to grab that perfect present at The Laboratory, Citadel Hill. Find out more here.

Warm Up To Christmas

Tavistock Town Hall will play host to this Warm Up To Christmas event on Saturday November 9, where you’ll have a chance to get in the festive spirit and start/continue/finish your Christmas shopping with choices ranging from jewellery, Christmas cakes, candles, home furnishings, cards and cookware. Read all about it here.

TODDLER GROUPS AND CHILDREN’S PARTIES

Babies dressed as Father Christmas and an Elf
Pahahahahaha! #sorrynotsorry

Toddler Sense South Devon

Little ones will be treated to adventure play, multi-sensory activities, snacks and a gift at the Toddler Sense Christmas parties this year. They are being held at Christian Mill Business Park on December 7 and 8, with the 10am session on both days for 1 to 2.5 year olds, and the 11.30am session for 1 to 5 year olds. A Christmas afternoon tea will also be available from the cafe when booked in advance. Booking details are here.

Hartbeeps Christmas Party

Hartbeeps Plymouth and Saltash Christmas party will be taking place on the afternoon of Saturday December 7 at the Woolwell Centre. There will be two parties – one for non-walking children, and one for walking little ones. Children will be able to explore the festive winter wonderland where they can play, discover and make magical festive memories. More details here.

Eggbuckland Children’s Christmas Party

Frog Fest Events are holding a Christmas party for kids at St Edwards Church on Saturday December 21. There will be a disco, games, food and refreshments, sweets, biscuit decorating, a fancy dress competition, and a gift from Santa. Entry is free but you must book a ticket. There are still some available for the 2pm – 4.30pm party. Read more about it here.

Cleft Lip and Palate Association Christmas Party

CLAPA is holding its Christmas party at Jump on Saturday November 30. It’s a chance to meet other families affected by cleft lip and palate and for children to have fun. Details are here.

CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND WREATH-MAKING

Wreath making
I did make it all myself. Honest.

Christmas Craft Workshops

Crafts By You in Moon Street are holding a series of Christmas workshops, kicking off with a decoration-making one on Saturday November 2 from 2pm to 5pm. You can create a beaded tree decoration or Christmas lantern, with all materials provided. There is also an afternoon tea and festive treats included in the event. Other workshops running during the festive season include a Christmas edition of ‘Drink n Paint’ night on November 29, a Christmas Paper Crafting workshop on December 7, and a Christmas Wreath-making session on December 10. More details and how to book can be found here.

Primrose Foundation Wreath Making

A Charity Christmas Wreath Making workshop will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday December 4 at the Boathouse, Commercial Wharf on the Barbican. Book onto it here.

Christmas Table Arrangement Workshop

This workshop at Fort Stamford in Turnchapel includes lunch and a free guest pass to the spa (kids, what kids?). It’s on Tuesday December 10.  Find out more here.

Boringdon Hall Christmas Wreath Workshop

It doesn’t get much more festive than a beautifully decorated Boringdon Hall, so head along to make your own decorative wreath with award-winning florist Hannah Burnett. Book a place here.

So just a few things for you to choose from. Hope you find something you fancy and have a great time!

If you have an event that you’d like me to include, email me the details at helen@twinstantrumsandcoldcoffee.com.

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