Location Details

  Post Code: PL6 8LL
  Distance from park: 3.5 miles
  Web site: Visit Web Site


The countdown to Plymouth’s most spectacular Christmas yet is underway with a packed advent calendar of joy. 

Plymouth, the South West’s wonderful maritime gem, is set to sparkle with fabulous festivities this winter. 

From Santa’s waterborne arrival on the RNLI Plymouth lifeboat to tempting Christmas markets, superb shopping, choirs and entertainment, there’s something for everyone. 

The magic starts on Thursday 16 November with the spectacular Plymouth City Centre Christmas Lights Switch-on, with Santa and special guests, festive entertainment - including singing, theatre and dance productions - plus live music from the ten-piece funk, disco and soul band, Ocean City Groove. The fun kicks off at 4pm and Santa will be there for the big switch-on moment between 6 and 6.30pm. 

Two days later The Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-On illuminates the historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour. This afternoon of family fun, from 12noon to 6pm, includes music and magic, plus a dog show and of course, Santa, who will arrive by lifeboat – but watch out for the Grinch! The lights switch on ceremony takes place at approximately 5.30pm. And, throughout the holiday season, take part in the Reindeer Trail, a free family activity.   

From 30 November to 17 December, the Piazza in the city centre is the setting for Plymouth Christmas Market, a gorgeous village of more than 50 beautifully decorated cabins offering unique gifts and Yuletide treats. Enjoy live entertainment, warm up with some mulled wine and tuck into delicious festive food.  

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