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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. Derwent Hotel Torquay

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    Torquay

    Part of TLH Leisure Resort, Derwent Hotel guests enjoy an outstanding range of Leisure facilities, plus nightly dancing & entertainment. Level location, close to sea front & town centre. Informal atmosphere - ideal for couples & families.

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  2. Crossways & Sea View Cottages and Apartments

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    Maidencombe, Torquay

    Comfortable self- catering cottages and apartments in a peaceful, rural location, with large garden and parking, just 4 miles from Teignmouth and Torquay. Resident proprietors. Teignmouth Road, Maidencombe.

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  3. Lincombe Hall Hotel Torquay

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    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars Hotel

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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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  4. 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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  5. Vista

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    Goodrington, Paignton

    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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    from £600.00 to £895.00 Per unit per week

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  6. Carlton Hotel & Spa 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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    from £40.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £186.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  7. 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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    from £68.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £176.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  8. Berry Head Hotel Brixham

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    3 Visit England Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars Hotel

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    BRIXHAM

    Steeped in history, nestling on water's edge in 6 acres of grounds and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once home of Rev Lyte who wrote 'Abide With Me', here.

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    from £50.00 to £168.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  9. Glenross

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    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Guest Accommodation

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    TORQUAY

    Glenross has a 4 Star Silver Award assuring you of our quality & standard of accommodation. Close to the sea, Torquay attractions & restaurants. Parking, wi-fi, fridge, fresh milk, variety of en-suite rooms. Friendly & relaxed hosts.

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  10. Harmony Bed and Breakfast Torquay

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    Torquay

    Harmony is a musically themed B&B in the heart of the English Riviera. We pride ourselves on giving our guests the highest level of quality and service. Harmony is a fantastic base for exploring Torbay and the rest of Devon and Cornwall. Open whole y

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    from £59.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £118.50 Per room (breakfast included)

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