• Christmas in Plymouth

    Celebrate the festive season with unmissable events, shopping and experiences

Christmas in Plymouth 2020

Celebrate the festive season with unmissable events, shopping and experiences


Plymouth Christmas Markets

With 60 log cabins and other seasonal stalls, decorated with fairy lights, traders from the South West and beyond sell everything from handmade jewellery and clothing to artwork and homewares.  You can even pick up a Christmas tree.

Some of the region's favourite food and drink traders will also be returning to The Market, including smoked cheese and meats, spirits and liqueurs, and fudge. Pick up unique gifts for friends and family, with everything from handmade jewellery and artwork to sweet treats to choose from. Warm-up with a mulled wine from the Bavarian Bar, tuck into festive food from one of the many street food stands and snap a festive selfie in front of the giant illuminated bauble.

With entertainment including gospel choirs and vintage vocalists, your visit to the Christmas market will certainly put you in the festive spirit!

The Plymouth Christmas Market will be held from - 2020 dates to be confirmed

Christmas Shopping in Plymouth

Completely rebuilt after the Second World War and primarily pedestrianised in the early 1990s, Plymouth is traditionally the leading shopping centre of the South West. The Plymouth shopping experience is a mix of big-name brands and unique independent shops. With such a wide variety, there really is no need to go anywhere else.

Plymouth's premier shopping venue is Drake Circus, which has more than 70 stores all undercover.  During the late-night shopping season, the shops and eateries are open until 9pm and the car park remains open until midnight for a flat fee (in 2019 this was £4). With everything from real snow, local choir performances and Santa's grotto, Drake Circus has everything you'd expect at Christmas and more!

Your guide to shopping in Plymouth

Christmas Lights Switch On

The Christmas Light Switch On, on Armada Way, marks the start of late-night shopping on Thursday 19th November 2020.  This event will be a part of the wider Mayflower 400 commemoration event.

Barbican Light Switch On

Head to the Barbican from midday until 6pm for the annual Christmas Lights Switch On, featuring family-friendly entertainment, free activities and some very special guests.

The entertainment starts at midday in the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican, with Christmas biscuit decorating with CaterED. On Quay Square, you can find a Christmas Grotto, and throughout the afternoon groups will perform along Southsode Street to get the crowd feeling festive.

From 3pm everyone’s favourite festive anti-hero, the Grinch, and partner Martha May Whovier will be roaming the streets. You might just spot Elf Stiltwalkers too. Father Christmas himself will arrive on the RNLI lifeboat around 4.30pm and at 5pm will help the Lord Mayor switch o the Barbian's Christmas Lights.

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Barbican Christmas Light Switch On, taking place on Sunday 1st December 2020.

Tavistock Christmas Festival

Taking place on (2020 date to be confirmed) the Tavistock Christmas Festival can be found in Butchers Hall and Pannier Market.  It is a fun day out for all the family and is a chance to pick up those last-minute gifts.  There will be music from local choirs, street food, mulled wine and performances.  With over 60 artisans, food and gift exhibitors, plus free entry too.


What is more traditional than a Christmas panto? Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and lack of rehearsal time, there will be no Panto in 2020. However, there are some festive shows you can see at the Theatre Royal Plymouth.

Slava's Snowshow

Running the 1st-6th December 2020, the show will be enjoyed by adults and families. Slava's Snowshow has entertained audiences in over 80 countries so far, including New York, Hong Kong and Paris. It will touch your heart and your funny bone, and the even culminates in a blizzard that will leave you knee-deep in the show.

White Christmas The Musical

The timeless romantic comedy features the classic sones Blue Skies, Sisters and the most famous festive songs of all White Christmas. The production comes direct from the West End and can be seen between 8th-12th December 2020.

Christmas at Future Inn Plymouth

Enjoy a hassle-free Christmas celebration and rely on our team to take care of all of the important details that will guarantee a fantastic Christmas event;

  • Festive lunch or dinner
  • Private party nights
  • Tribute nights
  • Christmas Day lunch
  • Festive breaks
  • Twixmas
  • New Year's Eve celebrations 

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Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

Future Inn Plymouth is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including rooms that can sleep up to four adults or a family.  Perks include free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. Every day the team serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday.  A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails all of which are £7. Under 5's eat for free with a paying adult, and the offer is extended to under 12's during the school holidays. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or fishbone@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online:


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