The school term is nearly over and this time next week it will be Christmas Eve! Here’s five things you can do in Plymouth this weekend to get you in the festive spirit.

Immerse yourself in festive fun

Cuddle up on a beanbag for some festive immersive fun at Market Hall in Devonport. The Alien Who Stole Christmas is an immersive experience in the Market Halls 15 metre dome.

Take a spellbinding journey through the winter’s evening sky and accompany Santa and Mr Freep, the friendly alien as they explore different planets through our solar system.

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Catch a festive show

Looking for something to help you get into the Christmas mood? Barbican Theatre has the answer.

Sleighing It, on at Barbican Theatre from 15-18 and 20-23 December will feature professional and emerging artists from the Plymouth and Devon/Cornwall area performing a light hearted festive cabaret style show. See amazing comedy, dancing, musicians and magic.

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Last weekend of the Christmas Market

Still looking for those all-important Christmas gifts? This weekend is the last weekend to visit Plymouth’s Christmas market in the city centre. Wrap up warm and head in for a wander around the festive stalls before a spot of gift shopping in the city centre and waterfront.

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Wrap up warm for Wonder Nights

Wonder Nights returns from this Friday at Mount Edgcumbe. Take a magical journey with Father Christmas, an adventure Segway to the Northern Lights or wander along the World of Make Believe Garden Trail.

For extra magic catch the Cremyll Ferry which has extended its served to 7pm between 17-24 December to allow you plenty of time to experience Wonder Nights after dark.

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Visit a festive market

This Sunday (19 December), the Market Hall is going back to its roots. The former fruit and vegetable market will be transformed this festive season to welcome a whole host of local traders and small businesses.

Get Christmas all wrapped up, browse a selection of thoughtful gifts by local makers, enjoy festive food and drink as well as experiencing spectacular choir performances on the iconic Market Hall stair case.

So, grab a mulled wine, mince pie, browse the stalls, and get in the festive spirit!

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Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.

Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes. 

Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit for more details on times and how to book.

We recommend using to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and book in advance for the best price. 



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