Exmouth Gets Into the Christmas Spirit!

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By ExeCellent | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 11:32

CHRISTMAS IN EXMOUTH gets off to a sparkling start this weekend with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the gardens of the Devoncourt Hotel, and A la Ronde's Community Christmas Tree Festival on Friday 23 November.

The switch-on of the Devoncourt Christmas Lights has become quite a tradition, marking the start of Exmouth's Christmas celebrations. Once again, the Mayor, accompanied by the Town Crier, will be doing the honours, and there will be entertainment from the Centre Stage singers and the handbell ringers of the Boys' Brigade. Add in mulled wine and a BBQ, and you have a recipe for a great evening to get you into a seasonal mood!  And on Sunday, why not head out to the Community Christmas Tree Festival at A la Ronde, where local groups, schools, clubs and societies show off trees decorated to reflect their organisation or theme. There'll also be mulled apple juice and mince pies, live seasonal music, a family-friendly Christmas quiz trail, a Christmas wish tree and a visit from Santa. And don't worry if you're busy this weekend – the Devoncourt lights will be on every evening from 5.30pm throughout Christmas and New Year, and the trees will remain on display at A la Ronde until 16 December.

On Saturday 1 December, you can enjoy a day of medieval magic in the Strand and Rolle Street, with the return of Exmouth's annual Christmas Cracker. There will be market stalls, mulled wine and mince pies, and seasonal entertainment including music, fire-eaters, acrobats, jesters, wire-walkers, camel rides, Punch and Judy, an ice rink, and a fire-breathing dragon. The day will end with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights and a firework display – don't miss it! 

And there will be more entertainment in the town centre on Friday 14 December, when you can enjoy an evening of Late Night Shopping accompanied by music from the Exmouth Town Concert Band, mulled wine and carols. A great way to get into the mood for Christmas!

All little (and big) kids love a visit to Santa, who will be in his grotto at the Indoor Market on Christmas Cracker day. After that, you can catch him on a Santa Cruise at weekends throughout December. For the children there's face painting, balloon modelling, magic tricks, music, squash, biscuits, sweets and of course the chance to chat with Santa and get a present from him Meanwhile adults can relax and enjoy a cruise along the Exe Estuary with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. The perfect pre-Christmas treat for the whole family! The cruises are being offered by Stuart Lines, who are also operating Christmas Cruises over the Christmas period – a wonderful way to get some fresh air and enjoy the fabulous bird life on the Estuary.

Festive music is an essential part of Christmas, and Exmouth is spoilt for choice, with a feast of concerts over the season. The annual Great Big Christmas Sing is now firmly established as an Exmouth favourite, so head to the Pavilion on Monday 10 December for a magical evening of Christmas music for all ages, with local choirs and schools helping to raise funds for Christian Aid.  On the same evening, over at Holy Trinity Church, the Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare Annual Christmas Concert will feature the wonderful Military Wives Choir, Lympstone Primary School Choir and St David's Singers presenting a programme of seasonal music.  On Thursday 13 December, Exmouth Town Concert Band will be presenting their Christmas Concert at the Pavilion to raise funds for the PORT-ER charity, and on Saturday 15 December, you can join in a good old-fashioned sing-along at the RNLI Family Carol Service at Tower Street Methodist Church.

Meanwhile, party people can let their hair down at Exmouth Pavilion's Office Christmas Party on Saturday 15 December and Friday 21 December. This year's theme is the Roaring 20s, so dress as gangsters and molls for an evening of music and dancing, with entertainment and food included in the ticket price. A great night for families, friends and work colleagues!

Finally, don't miss Exmouth's most famous tradition – the Christmas Day Swim! Take a dip yourself or just watch the fun as hundreds of locals brave the cold to plunge into the sea! 

And that's only the start! There's going to be lots more happening in and around Exmouth over Christmas and New Year, so keep watching this space... and do share your events and pictures with us here at Exmouth People – we're looking forward to them!

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