North Devon Christmas events: Your guide to Christmas light switch ons in North Devon
PUBLISHED: 15:19 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 07:23 20 November 2017
Where can you see the Christmas lights switched on in North Devon? Here is our guide to all the festive events happening around the region - and it all kicks off this week!
North Devon is getting into the festive spirit, with the first of the Christmas lights switch on events happening this week.
The fun kicks off in South Molton on Friday, followed by Barnstaple on Saturday.
Ilfracombe’s festivities start the next weekend, followed by Braunton, Torrington, Bideford and Clovelly after.
Here’s our definitive guide to the festive events happening throughout North Devon this Christmas.
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South Molton kicks off North Devon’s Christmas lights season with the town’s eagerly-anticipated big switch-on this Friday, November 17.
From 6.15pm the square will be packed with thousands of revellers ready to enjoy the illuminations, switched on this year by BBC Radio Devon’s Gordon Sparks.
Following the countdown there will be a firework spectacular at 7pm and then it’s time to enjoy some festive fun.
There’s a packed programme of events planned in Barnstaple in the run-up to Christmas, kicking off with the town’s light switch-on event on Sunday, November 19.
Back with a new format and more lights, this year’s Christmas Light Switch On event promises to be better than ever.
There will be a feast for all in the Pannier Market, live acts on stage in the Square, and the switch will be thrown at 6pm by local charity fundraiser Lisa Wallis, of ChemoHero.
Ilfracombe starts its Christmas with the annual Lighting of the Lights on Friday, November 24 followed by a weekend of festive fun.
Thousands will turn out at war memorial square, with the build up from 6.15pm, a lantern-lit parade of children and the big switch on at 7pm.
The switch on will be carried out from the traditional open top bus with carols and Christmas songs in the build up.
Braunton is gearing up to host what could be the biggest Christmas market in the South West this year.
North Devon Christmas Market returns to the village for the third time on Saturday, December 2 and will once again be held on and around Caen Street car park.
The market is the brainchild of Neil Hampson and his company Ginger Monkey Events and has proved a huge success from the first.
Christmas is coming to Torrington, and the town’s traders are planning a Who-bilation for the Christmas fayre on Saturday, December 2.
Dr Seuss’ The Grinch will be the theme, with the town turning into Whoville for the day, starting from 11.30am.
There will be lots of activities around the town, such as fairground rides, coconut shy, whack a Grinch, a craft tent, story-telling, face-painting, a photo booth and entertainment, plus Santa and Mrs Claus will be making an appearance.
Late night shopping, Santas running through the town and aerial artists on the Quay will complete Bideford’s festive events in the countdown to Christmas.
Bideford will be switching on its Christmas lights in style on Sunday, December 3, with new organisers at the helm of this year’s festive celebrations.
The fun begins at noon, with the Santas on the Run event at 3.30pm and the switch on at 5pm.
Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. Starting at 3:30 pm on Sunday, December 3, a local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive Christmas carols sung by a local choir.
There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station - plus Father Christmas will make a surprise visit.
At around 5pm, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour are lit up.
A Carol Service is then lead by the Chaplain of the Lifeboat Station, The Reverend Brenda Jacobs, and there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off.
Entrance fee is £5 per car at the Visitor Centre after 3pm. All proceeds to RNLI.