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Christmas Breaks

Sometimes it’s nice to get away for the festive period and spend it somewhere fresh and exciting. However, if you live in the UK you don’t need to travel halfway round the world to find something, as there’s an ideal winter wonderland on your own doorstep. Christmas breaks in South Devon are a great choice if you want to treat the family to a winter holiday without blowing next year’s budget.

While many resorts tend to shut up shop as winter approaches, the English Riviera stays busy throughout the year. Due to the sheltered location of its three main towns – Torquay, Paignton and Brixham – within Tor Bay, the Riviera of the south Devon coast has an unseasonably mild climate even in winter.

Christmas Events and attractions in South Devon

Despite being the epitome of an English seaside resort in the summer months, in winter the Riviera exchanges its beach towels and sun cream for sleigh-bells and baubles.

In Torquay many restaurants serve traditional Christmas dinner and lunch menus, while the town’s pubs and clubs have no shortage of festive themed entertainment for people enjoying Christmas breaks in the area. Pantomimes meanwhile can be found in plentiful supply at the Princess Theatre. If you want to catch the Torbay Christmas Carnival and see the Christmas lights being switched on, be sure to book your Christmas breaks in late November.

A Devon Winter Wonderland

One of South Devon’s most popular attractions, Babbacombe Model Village is transformed during the month of December, becoming a ‘Winter Wonderland’. Using highly realistic snow effects to cover the thousands of model buildings and miniature people, a white Christmas in Babbacombe is virtually guaranteed, if only for a very small part of it.

At Paignton Zoo meanwhile, visitors can enjoy Christmas lunch at the Island Restaurant in the centre of the zoo, overlooking Gibbon Island.

For anyone looking to buy some unique presents this Christmas, Brixham Christmas market has a wealth of local crafts and festive gifts. Brixham Christmas Carnival meanwhile is a fun family event, with dozens of floats and people in costume parading from the harbour around town.

Accommodation for Christmas Breaks

South Devon has a great range of accommodation open in the winter months, ranging from hotels and guesthouses to self-catering cottages and holiday apartments. For more information on Christmas breaks in the area and to find accommodation, simply continue to browse our website.

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  1. Vista

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    Two bedrooms, fully furnished and equipped. First floor apartment with stunning sea views. Main bedroom with en'suite, second bedroom with two sets of single bunks. Overlooking park with play area, boating lake, crazy golf and a café/bar.

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    Lincombe Hall Hotel Torquay

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    TORQUAY

    Winner of Hotel of the Year, 2012 for the English Riviera and South Devon and Bronze Award in the Devon Tourism Awards 2012, Lincombe Hall Hotel is located just a few minutes walk from the harbour, upmarket restaurants and shops of Torquay.

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    The Headland Hotel Torquay

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    TORQUAY

    A beautiful building set amongst Torbay's most spectacular scenery, this hotel offers the most convivial surroundings and facilities for you to enjoy.

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  4. Red House Hotel Torquay

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    Red House Hotel Torquay

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    Torquay

    A small, comfortable, well-appointed and friendly family hotel situated within easy reach of the main seafront and town. We have extensive leisure facilities that include indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and games room.

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    Templestowe Hotel

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    Torquay

    Owned by award winning Majestic Tours, and the number one entertainment hotel in Torquay, the Templestowe has 87 newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms with a lift to all floors.

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    Toorak Hotel Torquay

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    Torquay

    Part of TLH Leisure Resort, guests can enjoy an outstanding leisure facilities, plus nightly dancing & entertainment. Level location, close to sea front & town centre. Relaxing atmsophere - ideal for couples & families.

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  7. Livermead Cliff Hotel Pool

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    Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel Torquay

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    Torquay

    The Best Western Livermead Cliff Hotel is situated on Torquay's water's edge with stunning sea views. The hotel is in a prime position with direct and private access to the beach and is a level walk to the town centre and Marina.

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  8. Mount Edgcombe Torquay

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    Mount Edgcombe Torquay

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    Torquay

    Mount Edgcombe is a detached Victorian Guest House which provides visitors to the English Riviera with tasty breakfasts and evening meals in modern, comfortable surroundings. Situated in a level location, easy walking distance of many attractions.

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  9. The Palace Hotel

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    PAIGNTON

    Situated in the prime location on Paignton sea front, at the heart of the English Riviera, the Palace Hotel is directly adjacent to the town centre and only a few minutes away from the beach and harbour.

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    Paignton

    The Esplanade is ideally placed on the seafront near to the harbour and pier with splendid views,10 minutes walk away from Paignton town centre
    The sun lounge and harbour Bar Lounge offers stunning views across 'The Bay'
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