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Christmas Events On The English Riviera

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Calendar iconPosted 29th Nov 2023

Save yourself a trip to Lapland and join us on the English Riviera this Christmas where you’ll find a fabulous sprinkling of festivities for all the family. From the return of the hugely popular Illumination Trail lighting up Torquay Seafront to a chance to bust some moves in an after-hours silent disco at Paignton Zoo, get booking a cosy break with Beverley Holidays and make this Christmas one to truly remember…


Hot foot it to Paignton Zoo and enjoy an after-hours visit celebrating its centenary year in illuminated style until 2 January 2024. This Christmas, the award-winning attraction hosts its biggest-ever festive event entitled GloWild – an immersive light experience that shows the zoo and its’ animal residents in a whole new light. From a giant interactive storybook, lit-up trees, tunnels and magic wishing well, there’s also a chance to get down at a silent disco.

Train Of Lights

Forget the Polar Express, the hottest train ticket in town this Christmas is the English Riviera Train of Lights. Hop onboard the historic steam train as it transports you on a magical journey along the Torbay coastline in carriages adorned with twinkling lights until 30 December 2023. Hold on to your Santa hat as you journey through a 450-metre Greenway tunnel towards an enchanted forest, and have your camera at the ready to capture the lights reflected on the river Dart.

Bay of Light Illumination Trail

This Christmas sees the return of the hugely popular Bay of Light Illumination Trail – a free route running from Torre Abbey to Torquay town centre that shines a light on some of Torquay’s sights. A 12-metre-high Christmas tree will have you feeling festive with its spectacular light show, while a huge light tunnel covered top to toe in lights brings some illuminated magic to the town from 1 December to 3 January 2024.

Model Village Miniature Christmas

Sometimes the best gifts come in small packages and Babbacombe Model Village certainly packs a big festive punch with its miniature Christmas displays until 31 December 2023. Discover seasonal scenes of a titchy world where the residents are no bigger than your thumb, including Santa himself. Grab yourself a Christmas character spotter sheet for some added festive fun, and be sure to swing by its new enchanted mythical kingdom – home to a flurry of fairies and cheeky elves.

Carols In The Caves

For a truly memorable experience this Christmas head along to the prehistoric caves of Kents Cavern which echoes with festive sounds until 14 December 2023. Wonder through the amazing caverns – the perfect acoustic setting for carols sung by candlelight. Then warm the cockles with a mulled wine and hot chocolate – the perfect Christmas accompaniment to a two-hour experience like no other.

Christmas At Beverley

Spend the season of goodwill right here at Beverley Holidays where you can wake up on Christmas morning to frosty sea views and magical memories you’ll treasure forever. Our cosy caravans and snug-as-a-bug lodges make a great festive retreat where you can spend quality time together surrounded by all the comforts of home but with the added bonus of being right in the heart of the English Riviera. For those who’ve made it onto Santa’s goodlist, treat yourself to a hot tub stay and soak up the bubbles overlooking the festive lights of Torbay.

We also offer an amazing New Year’s Eve break. Three nights of exhilarating family fun, brimming with laughter, live music from renowned artists, and non-stop excitement delivered by our amazing entertainment team spread across our 2 great venues, Starlight Bar and Saltwater Pub.

Book your festive break with Beverley Holidays here, call us on 01803 843887 or speak to us on LiveChat.

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