We’re into the first weekend of December, which means only one thing, it’s (nearly) Christmas! Whether you’re looking to take the family out, do some Christmas shopping or get a bite to eat, we have plenty of suggestions.


Watch the Barbican Christmas Lights get switched-on

Having previously been arranged for 27 November, the Barbican Lights Switch-on has been rescheduled for this Saturday 4 December. Expect an afternoon of festive fun and entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including children entertainment, Christmas Parade, and the finale of the beautiful lights switch on with the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Santa and our local Community Heroes.


Get festive at the Christmas Market

The Plymouth Christmas Market, which opened on Thursday, offers a fully festive experience. Enjoy the open air festive bar, food and drink, plenty of artisan gift stalls and live music and entertainment – it’s the perfect place to get into the Christmas spirit. Don't miss the new beautiful lights on the Piazza, including the Christmas bauble, wave arch, tree decorations and curtain of lights.


Experience the Northern Lights

Starting this Saturday and taking place throughout December, visit Devonport’s Market Hall for a breath-taking 360-degree view of the Northern Lights as you travel straight into the heart of the boreal forest.

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Indulge in seasonal favourites with The Club House’s new festive menu

‘Tis the season to celebrate, so why not head to The Club House and experience their new Christmas menu with some delicious seasonal dishes, including turkey and trimmings hanging kebabs, festive hot boards to share (vegan board option available!) as well as Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cookie dough desert and plenty more.


Buy some gorgeous gifts and tasty treats 

Royal William Yard's festive market is back this Sunday, featuring a selection of the region's most exciting independent artisan traders. From tantalising treats to tasty tipples, the festive markets will offer a wide range of locally sourced goods and handcrafted gifts. If you can’t make this one – don’t worry, the Market will be running on Sunday 12 and 19 December too! 

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 gwr.com/sleeper for more details on times and how to book.

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



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