Christmas in East Devon

There is something special about Christmas events that bring out the crowds and puts a smile on our faces. For most of us Christmas is not just about one day of the year, but as the saying goes “tis the season to be jolly”. 

So why not join in with the celebrations this year and support your local town with it’s independent shops, cafes and talented crafts people.  Here’s a round up of what you can expect for Christmas in Seaton and Axminster this year, where locals come together to enjoy and support these well loved East Devon towns.

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Seaton Christmas Lights Switch on and Markets 

Christmas officially starts in Seaton on Saturday 1st December with all sorts of lovely events. Here’s a round up of the day.

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In Windsor Gardens next to the Christmas tree from noon to 8pm.

Join the fabulous foodie market under the twinkling lights of Windsor Gardens to sup on German sausages and Persian chicken wraps, hot chocolates and mulled cider.

As well as some of the favourite food vendors who have been at Seaton Eats over the summer, for those looking to get into the Christmas spirit, there will also be a bar stocked with Gluhwein, mulled cider, festive punch and hot chocolate!

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Artisan Market

Artisan Market at Windsor Gardens 4pm till 8pm

Featuring traders from Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the market highlights the best arts, crafts, businesses and unique products in the area. Entry is free and is the perfect opportunity to start (or finish) your Christmas shopping. 

Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are being switched on at the Town Square at 5.50pm and for those that are keen to carry on shopping, many of the independent retailers will be staying open late.

Christmas Carnival

To top off the festivities, at 6pm the impressive floats from the Christmas Carnival will begin gliding through the streets of Seaton leaving a trail of Christmas spirit. The carnival will commence from Harbour Road, travel up the Underfleet, down through Fore Street and then on to the Esplanade. This year’s line-up will be led by the Fire Brigade, Seaton Majorettes and the royal float featuring a prince and two princesses. Last but not least, Father Christmas will be at the end of the parade and will be stopping in the square to greet children.

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Axminster –  Lantern Parade, Entertainment and Street Market

Light Up Axminster

On Saturday 1st December there will be a magnificent festive celebration taking place all along South Street in Axminster.

The Winter Sprites have fallen asleep and while they snooze winter is delayed and the Christmas Lights can’t be switched-on. Come along and help the town wake them!

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The festivities will take place between 4pm and 8,30pm   There will be a lovely lantern parade and the street will be lined with food and drink stalls, Christmas gifts, music stages, and children’s entertainment. There will be arts and crafts for children at the Library, ‘Get in The Picture’ as well as The Axminster Lions Father Christmas Float.

Christmas Lights

The Christmas lights will be switched-on at approximately 7pm.

So head along to Axminster and help celebrate as Axminster Lights Up.  Here’s a little video from last year. 

Axminster Lions –  Santa Sleigh

Axminster Lions will be visiting with the Santa float on the following dates and places:

Tuesday 11th December
Cridlake, Loretta Road, Lyme Road
Castle Hill, North Street, Willhayes Park
Thursday 13th December
Millwey Estate
Tuesday 18th December
Woodbury park

Thursday 20th December


Saturday 8th December

10:00 – 12:00 Tescos store

Saturday 15th December

10:00 – 12:00 Axminster Square.

Plus Saturday 1st December
– Light Up Axminster.

Axminster Lions club hope you can visit Santa and Rudolf and support the Club generously.

Other Events in the Axe Valley

Seaton Wetlands

Escape the hustle and bustle of Christmas with a walk around Seaton Wetlands. Take a stroll, join in the bird watching sessions or even volunteer.  There is an outdoor club for over 55’s and festive wreath making sessions on Saturday 7th December which are booking up fast. 

For the children why not try out the Snowman Challenge (see how many wooden snowmen can you find hiding around the nature reserve) from  

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Seaton Wetlands Reindeer Trail

On Saturday 15th December, children can help to find Father Christmas’ missing reindeer, in time to deliver his presents by following clues around the wetlands.

As well as the trail, enjoy Christmas crafts in the Reed Base. Make a range of festive-themed crafts including ‘stick’ Father Christmas’, magic reindeer flying powder and tree cookie stars! Perfect for decorating your home or giving as Christmas gifts. £3 per child (cash only).  –  

Warm-up with hot drinks and refreshments, including mince pies from the Discovery Hut, which is open 10am to 4pm throughout the Christmas holidays. 

Ride the Polar Express and Meet Father Christmas

Seaton Tramway is transformed as children and their families can be taken in a magical tram ride to Santa’s home. The special  Polar Express trams run throughout November and December. Meet Santa, sing Christmas carols, enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie. For those who believe there’s a special gift for each and every passenger. Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas! The whole expeerience takes about 2 1/2 making this a lovely relaxed family activity.

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Enjoy Christmas in East Devon

I hope you enjoy the lead up to Christmas and all the lovely events that are taking place.

Have a look at my Events listings for more days out and local Christmas Fairs. I share more ideas on my Facebook page  (did you know you don’t have to be a member of Facebook to see a page).

So whose already got their Christmas tree up!   Thank you so much for following my blog,


This post has been sponsored with advertisements from local independent businesses Brogan Buzec and Khushi Kitchen. 

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