Where to see Santa in North Devon

If you’re coming to stay with us this month and have little ones with you, then here is our guide to the area’s Santa hot spots.

This way no one misses out on seeing the big fella before Christmas Eve and being sure he knows what they are wishing for:

Santa Sundays are back at Dartington Crystal in Torrington on December 2 and 9, when Father Christmas will be on-site from 11am – 3pm. This time he’s in his Mary Poppins themed grotto. There will be grotto gifts, free face painting, glass painting, live music, a free prize draw, festive food and mulled cider for the adults. 

Father Christmas will be dropping in at The BIG Sheep near Bideford and setting up his grotto in the attraction’s Woolly’s Winter Wonderland too. A visit to the grotto includes a train ride. Santa will be available at weekends in December until December 24. 

Meet Santa, explore Buzzlewick’s Elf Emporium, decorate gingerbread and make reindeer food at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Bideford this month. Father Christmas will be in his grotto at the award-winning, all-weather family attraction on December 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23. Booking essential. 

Father Christmas will be at Arlington Court this December as well. He’ll be visiting on Saturdays and Sundays, December 15–23 in the afternoons from 12noon. Here he has his festive grotto in the stables at the Carriage Museum and will be dressed in his traditional green attire. £5. Admission applies. Booking recommended. 

Santas on the Run comes to the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Garden Rosemoor near Torrington for the first time this year. Top Santa’s good list by raising money to support Children’s Hospice South West at Rosemoor on Sunday, December 9. You can run, jog, skip or walk your way around the festive 2k course. The fun starts 10.30am and the race begins at 12:30pm. The event includes face painters, tombolas, entertainment and music. There will also be food and refreshments. If you’re taking part, your event registration fee also covers the cost of entry to Rosemoor. Spectators can watch for just £5 admission. All children (15 years and under) and RHS members have free entry. 

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