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Light up your Christmas at Devon's Top Attractions!

If you are looking to visit Santa and want to enjoy a festive family day out with the lead up to Christmas, then look no further than a visit to one of Devon’s Top Attractions. The top 40 attractions have over 90 special seasonal treats, packed full of wondrous holiday magic and all wrapped up and waiting for you and your family.

Simon Fishwick, Chairman of Devon Association of Tourist Attractions, said “I am astonished at how many different festive experiences that the attractions are offering this year.  They have come up with every conceivable celebratory Christmas treat possible.  Devon must surely be the top place to get into the true Christmas spirit.”

Santa Claus is not just coming to town this Christmas but he will be making special appearances right across every corner of the county.  Why not light up your Christmas and take breakfast or afternoon tea with Santa at Bicton Park from the 5th December and other attractions?  You could choose to sail with Santa aboard one of Stuart Line Cruise’s festively decorated boats, selected dates from 6th December. Maybe you would like to step back in time and enjoy a festive journey and see Santa by Steam with South Devon Railway, during weekends from 5th December. There is more holiday magic waiting underground at Kents Cavern where you can see Santa in the caves from 6th December.

Out at The Big Sheep, Bideford they have their sensational ‘Woolly’s Winter Wonderland’ during weekends in December. Busting with seasonal entertainment, including Winter ice skating, tobogganing, snowboard simulator and a Christmas light show as well as a visit to good old Santa. They also have their Big Sheep’s Christmas farmers’ market on the 5th December.

On the 5th - 6th December at Quince Honey Farm, you can ride a donkey to the Grotto to see Santa. Crealy Adventure Park are inviting you to enjoy story time with Santa in his cosy grotto. Find out how he manages to read all of those letters he receives and how he gets ready for the big day, during selected dates from the 5th December. Why not enjoy a day out at one of Dartington Crystal’s Santa Sunday Spectaculars? You can visit Father Christmas and see their amazing frozen themed grotto.

Enjoy Christmas at Killerton with the magical world of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The house has been transformed into scenes from the classic fairytale and there will be the opportunity to meet their traditional Victorian Father Christmas. Killerton also offer a late night opening on Fridays and Saturday evenings in December. Rediscover the Christmas magic at Buckland Abbey and see their Elizabethan inspired festivities and discover the twelve days of Christmas in a way never been seen before.

‘Tis the season to be jolly’ so why not recapture the true spirit of Christmas at Pennywell Farm and take part in one of their famous Nativity plays. Set in a cosy barn with an authentic manger scene and real animals, it is the perfect start to your Christmas celebrations. After the performance the children can meet Father Christmas and receive a gift whilst the adults can enjoy homemade treats in the café.

The festive fun continues after Christmas too when you can take one of the ‘Mince Pie Specials’ steam train at South Devon Railway, which are running from Boxing Day to the 1st January.  Also on Boxing Day is the hugely popular Clovelly Barbeque.  Join them on the quay with live music, mulled wine and a treasure hunt.  There’s also FREE entrance into the village on this day. Why not enjoy a Winter walkabout around Buckland Abbeys’ estate from 27th December to 2nd January? Or celebrate the start of the New Year and join Seaton Tramway for their special New Year’s Day Opening.  There’s even a FREE glass of bubbly on offer for the adults and a soft drink for the children.

So, before you hang up your stocking and get out the treats, make sure you enjoy a wonderful pre-Christmas treat and celebrate the festive season with Devon’s Top Attractions.

To find out where all of this festive magic is taking place and for a full list of their Christmas events, please see their website: www.lotstodo.co.uk/events and LIKE their Facebook page.

Written by Anne Blackham

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