Temperatures are dropping, the woolly scarves are coming out and mince pies are lining supermarket shelves: Christmas is just around the corner.
In the coming weeks North Devon will get well and truly into the festive spirit, with a calendar jam-packed with events – from Christmas vintage fairs to carol concerts.
So whether you’re looking for family fun, ways to celebrate the Christmas countdown with friends or just somewhere to do your shopping in style, North Devon has it covered.
BIG Sheep Christmas Farmers Market
For many of us, Christmas is about enjoying good food – and lots of it! So what better way to spend a day than stocking up on locally-produced culinary delights for the occasion?
At the South West’s largest farmers’ market you’ll be spoilt for choice – peruse more than 50 stalls selling cheeses, free range turkeys, Christmas cakes, seasonal delicacies, smoked salmon and chutneys.
The Christmas markets run in Abbotsham on December 1, 8, 15 and 22.
Information about the 2012 market will be published here nearer the time.
Christmas Lights in aid of the R.N.L.I.
Nothing says ‘Christmas’ quite like the warm glow of lights, so the illumination of the village of Clovelly isn’t to be missed.
On December 2 a local brass band will lead a procession down to the harbour as Christmas carols are sung by the Torridge Male Voice Choir.
Then enjoy a hog roast, punch and mince pies, before Father Christmas makes a surprise visit.
And the icing on the cake – the village and harbour will be lit up at 5pm, followed by fireworks.
There will be admission charges from 3pm for donation to R.N.L.I.
The date and event content may be subject to change, so visit the website for the latest details.
Dickension Christmas at Bideford Pannier Market
Be transported to the Victorian streets of Dickens’ time at this special Christmas market. Enjoy mulled wine and roasted chestnuts and peruse a wide range of stalls, with stall holders dressed in period costume.
Meanwhile keep the little ones entertained with children’s workshops.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or just some culinary delights, this market on December 8 isn’t to be missed.
Click here for more information.
Nutcracker at Queens Theatre
The world-renowned Moscow Ballet – La Classique return to the Queen's with their production of the Nutcracker.
A timeless classic, the Nutcracker evokes the magic of Christmas for both old and young.
Whether you’re a family getting into the festive spirit, or a couple or a group of friends looking for a fun night out, this show on November 2 and 3 is not to be missed.
For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Christmas Vintage Fair
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift with a twist, you’ll find no shortage of inspiration at the Country House Vintage Christmas Vintage Fair.
Peruse a wide range of vintage items while snacking on delicious hot food and taking in live Christmas tunes.
Held at South Molton Assembly Rooms, the fair will run on December 8 to 9.
Christmas Choral Celebration at Barnstaple Museum
If there’s one thing guaranteed to get you in the mood for Christmas, it’s carols. So what better way to spend a chilly December evening than at a carol concert at Barnstaple Museum?
On December 22 North Devon’s community choir the La La Voices will bring you the carols we all know and love.
The museum itself will also be open for viewing, so why not make an evening of it? Plus, those who arrive early can enjoy mulled wine and mince pies.
Admission is free, although donations are welcomed.
North Devon Hospice Christmas Fayre
‘Tis the season of goodwill, so why not support a worthy cause by visiting the North Devon Hospice Christmas Fayre?
With stalls, a raffle and tombola and mince pies a’plenty, this is the perfect way to get in the Christmas spirit.
The fayre will be held at Durrant House Hotel on November 15.
Decking your halls is a sure-fire way to get into the Christmas spirit, but why not make the most of it by making the decorations yourself?
At Rowan Tree Studio you can learn how to make traditional wreaths, floral table arrangements, personalised stockings and tree decorations, as well as embroided Christmas cards, soaps, candles and bath products.
Admission prices include tea, coffee and cake, and you’ll take home decorations you can treasure.