Get festive in Exeter

Exeter has everything you need this winter to get you in the festive spirit

Join us inExeter as we mark this winter season with festivities, sparkling illuminations, destination shopping, and a variety of restaurants, arts, entertainment and performances.

Christmas Lights Switch On

See the city of Exeter sparkle at the annual Christmas Lights Switch On event on Thursday 16th November from 4pm – 7pm in Princesshay Square.

Hosted by Radio Exe favourites Ashley Jeary and Ben Clark, the popular ceremony will officially mark the countdown to Christmas.

Visitors to the city will be treated to a festive programme of entertainment from local artists and performers.

Radio Exe Open
Exeter Cathedral Choristers
Exeter College Performing Arts / Taiko drumming
Live Music / Radio Exe
Festive House Band
Bike Shed Theatre/ Journey to the Impossible

Light switch on with Aviva Premiership Exeter Chiefs players
Jonah & The Superband

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Festive Fun and Entertainment

There are so many things to see and do in Exeter this Christmas from panto to carol singing, we’ve put together the ultimate what’s on list.

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Christmas spirit in Exeter

The city will be alive with festive entertainers taking to the streets to entertain shoppers every Thursday evening and Sunday from 23November until 21 December click here to find out more

Go shopping in Exeter this Christmas

Many of the shops will be staying open late in the run up to Christmas and on other days immediately before giving shoppers plenty of time to buy all of those all-important Christmas gifts from loved ones.

Exeter’s retail offering includes big name brands, chic boutiques, designer fashions and exciting independent shops, whether you’re after vintage, antique and retro, or modern, mainstream and on-trend, Exeter has it all. With a festive atmosphere, stunning cathedral and Christmas market, it’s easy to see why you would choose to go shopping in Exeter.

To help you find the stores you wish to visit when you come to Exeter this festive season click here

Dining in Exeter

Whatever kind of food or drink takes your fancy, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink in the centre of Exeter this Christmas. Exeter has it all, from award-winning restaurants and quirky cafes to enticing delicatessens and bars.

So take a break from all the shopping and festive fun to sit back and refuel.

To help you find the perfect pit stop when you come to Exeter this festive season click here

Getting here this Christmas

Wherever you’re travelling from this Christmas, Exeter is easy to get to. By road, train or bus there are plenty of ways to get to the city.

For more information on travel into the city including times over the festive period click here

The ultimate guide to Christmas

Be in the know with all of the festive activities in the city with the In Exeter guide to Christmas, download it here


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