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Top 10 Things to do at Christmas in the South West

Make Christmas in the South West extra special by joining family and friends in a few of our favourite things to do when celebrating in December.

 

Make Christmas in the South West extra special by joining family and friends in a few of our favourite things to do when celebrating in December.

10. Go to a show

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a Christmas panto. Find out what's on at theatres in the South West.

9. Take a Christmas dip

It's traditional – and it's good for you (apparently). There are plenty of beaches to choose from. (We recommend finding one with a good pub nearby for a post-swim warm up in front of the fire.)

8. Stock up the Christmas larder

Treat yourself at local farm shops, traditional butchers, grocers and farmers' markets. Perfect for the turkey and all the trimmings.

 

7. Festive days out

Christmas is the best time to see the South West's stately homes decked out in all their finery. These National Trust properties will be decking the halls for Christmas: Cotehele, Trerice, Lanhydrock, Knightshayes, Castle Drogo, Saltram and Killerton. Find out more at www.nationaltrust.org.uk

6. Post-roast rambles

There are miles of paths to choose from. Ideal for walking off the roast potatoes, turkey and wine. Amble along the beach. Vault over stiles to a country pub. Blast along the cliffs. Walks in the South West.

5. Get your skates on

The Eden Project ice rink is back again this year. We'll be lacing up our boots and doing our best to pull off some Torvill and Dean-inspired moves.

4. Late night shopping

The streets buzz with choirs, Morris dancers, musicians and performers. If you're in the area, try Dulverton by Starlight or Dunster by Candlelight.

3. Carol services

Drop in to Exeter, Truro or Wells cathedrals or the Abbey at Sherborne to listen to some out-of-this-world singing.

2. Christmas lights

Whales, giant snowmen and the loch ness monster are some of the weird and wonderful eye candy at the Mousehole harbour lights.

1. Traditional street parties and festivals

Christmas parades, carols around the tree and ancient Pagan celebrations intermingle in the towns and villages dotted across the West Country. In Cornwall's far west, Montol, the Midwinter solstice, is celebrated with lantern processions, the burning of the Yule log and the Penglaz 'Obby 'Oss.

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