Christmas on the Waterfront 2017

There’s so much going on this year on Plymouth’s Waterfront to celebrate Christmas.

The festive celebrations on the Waterfront begin with The Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On, taking place on Sunday 26 November at 4pm, on The Parade. Round up the family and await the exciting arrival of Santa and his Elf who will be travelling by RNLI Lifeboat to join the Lord Mayor on The Parade for the official lights switch on.

Enjoy the traditional Christmas celebrations with a spectacular stage programme, with performances from local community groups, theatre groups and schools. Why not get into the Christmas spirit and join in the best dressed elf competition, taking place in front of the stage after the switch on of the tree lights.

The event will also see a number of stalls on The Parade including, arts and crafts, face-painting and mince pies, plus the Screech Owl Sanctuary will be bringing along several owls for visitors to see and find out how they provide care to these elegant wild owls. Santa’s Reindeer will also be making an appearance on the day – definitely a spectacle not to be missed!

Find the Snowflakes

The Waterfront Snowflake trail will be returning following its success last year. The trail is a great activity for families to enjoy, walk across Plymouth’s stunning Waterfront whilst following the trail card to locate the Snowflakes. Collect ten Snowflake names to enter into the free prize draw to win some fabulous prizes. The trail will run for six weeks, from Sunday 26 November to Sunday 7 January and the trail cards will soon be available to download from or from the Tourist Information Centre and participating businesses from mid-November.

The Spirit of Christmas!

For those looking for something a little different The Barbican Theatre will deliver the wonderful Christmas Carol walking Tours around The Barbican on Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 November, and Saturday 9 to Sunday 10 December. These tours provide a perfect way to enjoy the historic cobbled streets of Plymouth and get into the festive spirit. Follow actors in Victorian costume as they re-enact the tale of a Christmas Carol, and once you’re done you’ll have the opportunity to explore some of the fantastic independent shops and boutiques, or enjoy a nice warming drink in one of The Barbican’s gorgeous cafes, restaurants or pubs.

Scrumptious Food!

Royal William Yard will be celebrating Christmas with their delicious food market on Saturday 2 December to Sunday 3 December, where you are sure to find some tempting treats and gifts.

On Saturday 16 December to Sunday 17 December, will be the Native Makers Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, where local artisan makers will be showcasing their fabulous crafts, with, of course, plenty of festive sparkle! The perfect opportunity to find those extra special and unusual gifts.


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