Category: Things to doChristmas

The weather may be a tad colder and the nights may be drawing in sooner, but there is still plenty of things to do for all the family this month in Plymouth. 

Whether you celebrate the start of the festive events calendar with the Christmas Lights switch-on, or you're brimming with excitement for Bonfire Night on Plymouth Hoe, there is plenty you can get up to this November in Plymouth!

Here are some of the events we think you must have in your diary!


Bonfire Night, 5 November 

Remember remember the fifth of November! It's that time of year again (it really has flown by!) as we prepare to celebrate Bonfire Night on Plymouth Hoe. 

The evening's entertainment starts at 4pm when The Hoe is transformed into a playground of fun with fairground rides suitable for people of all ages on offer set across the front to get the night off to a great start. 

Then for the big event at 7:30 for the lighting of the big bonfire on the Hoe. Gather round and gasp at the enormity of the fire which will be topped by the one and only Guy Fawkes. 

Attention turns to all things fireworks from 8pm as the Plymouth sky is lit up with rockets, fountains, firecrackers and more from the Plymouth Citadel. 

Find out further information about Bonfire Night 2023 in Plymouth. 

Firework display for Bonfire Night on Plymouth Hoe


Christmas Lights Switch-On, 16 November

The first day of the Christmas calendar in Plymouth gets underway on Thursday,16 November with the Christmas Lights Switch-On in the city centre. 

A fun-filled programme of free family entertainment starts at 4pm on stage in the Piazza. There will be festive treats including performances from local dance, theatre and singing groups.

From 6.20 pm Santa and his Elves will be on stage with special guests, who will be joining the Lord Mayor in switching on the city centre's colourful Christmas lights - celebrating the start of Christmas in Plymouth!

Further details about the Christmas Lights Switch-On in Plymouth


Exhibitons at The Box

Visit the latest exhibits at The Box Plymouth this month. Check out End of Empire which depicts two dapper figures with globe heads on a steam-punk seesaw, as well as Dutch Flowers which sees stunning Dutch flower paintings brought from the National Gallery to Plymouth for the very first time.

Exhibitions at The Box this November


Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-On, 18 November

If one Christmas Lights Switch-On wasn't enough to get you in the festive spirit then head to the Barbican Lights Switch-On on Saturday, November 18. 

An afternoon of fun is in store from 12pm until 6pm at the Barbican and Sutton Harbour with family fun activities set to take place throughout the day. 

Keep an eye out for the festive bus on Southside Street, where you can meet some special guests, including the mischievous Grinch who will turn on the Christmas lights at around 5.30pm.

Make sure you are ready as Santa will be arriving on Commercial Wharf, later on in the afternoon! Plymouth Soundhouse Brass Band will be playing there from 4 pm ready for Santa’s arrival.

Find out more about stall traders and afternoon entertainment at the Barbican Christmas Lights Switch-on


Plymouth Christmas Market, 30 November 

The last day of the month will mark the opening of the Plymouth Christmas Market in the city centre. 

More than 50 Christmas-decorated cabins will sell a wide variety of unique crafts and festive goods to fill you with festive cheer. 

Ensure you bring an appetite as there will be a variety of stalls serving hot food and local grog to enjoy. 

Find out more about the Plymouth Christmas Market

The Christmas Scene in Plymouth City Centre


There are plenty of other events taking place in the city throughout the month. For inspiration, visit our events calendar for all you need to know.

Stay in the loop and sign-up to our newsletter to receive more content, plus news, offers and exciting events in Plymouth, straight in your inbox!

In parternship with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner 



  1. LisaLaLa
    If you don't know what kind of home you should choose, be sure to check out Real Estate in Thermi at The most interesting options are provided here. Explore the amazing architecture of Greece and choose a quiet street where you can relax. Buying real estate is difficult and you can always ask for help from a consultant who will be happy to assist you. So this is your chance to choose the best property!
  2. Laydi1
    A game that is extremely hot right now is Waffle game. You are a waffle lover and also love word games. Try Waffle now to find the hidden keyword with a new and exciting gameplay
  3. Annarose
    I appreciate you providing this insightful information; I believe it will be beneficial to everyone. Play game online.
  4. PayForEssay
    A big shoutout to EssayKeeper for making my coursework worries vanish! Their custom coursework writing, especially for literary texts, is a gem. The link is my go-to for stress-free assignments. Cheers to EssayKeeper for being every student's best friend!

Leave a Reply