We've made our list and checked it twice, and it's a very big list! There's so much going on In & Around Crediton this festive season.
If you're looking to shop local in Crediton this Christmas our Crediton Christmas Shopping Guide is for you. You'll find some brilliant small businesses and gift ideas - including gifts for kids, treats for grown-ups and Christmas decorations too. We hope you'll find some fantastic ideas and get all your Christmas shopping sorted, while helping our local shops to thrive.
There's plenty more choice in our wonderful Village and Farm Shops, packed with local products, produce and crafts. And don't forget that our local Garden Centres and Stores have a huge range of decorations and of course Christmas Trees!
Wherever you live there's bound to be a Christmas Fair or Market near you offering a range of hand-crafted items, scrummy festive treats and thoughtful gifts. On 2 December there are events at Cheriton Fitzpaine, Spreyton and in the Square, Crediton Farmers Market. A day later Thornes Farmshop and The White Room have Christmas fairs. Later in the month Sandford and Yeoford have events. You will find more info on our What's On page including Crediton Farmers Christmas Market on 16 December.
The much loved and enjoyed Christmas Tree Festival returns to Crediton Parish Church 7 - 10 December. There will be 70+ trees this year, decorated by schools, groups, societies and businesses. With so many amazing trees to see, it's good to know you can take a break at the daily cafe and stalls. As part of the festival there are also two evening concerts - more details here.
Will Santa be calling this year? A wreath on your front door will help Santa know you are celebrating Christmas - especially if you don't have a chimney! Why not try making your own? This year there is a wreath making workshop in Sandford on 3 December. Wreath making not your thing? Why not try making your own Christmas Cards? The White Room Creative Space have fun 2-hour workshops on 9 December.
The Lamb at Sandford have a number of Christmas music events including community carols all listed on our Calendar. The Crediton Town Band will be appearing at The Lamb on 10 December and will be bringing some musical Christmas cheer to Crediton and beyond including Busking Carols on the 16 December and later in the Congregational Church for a concert with Tedburn Community Choir. Also on their very busy schedule will be Community Carols in the Square on 22 December.
Pantomime has been part of the Christmas tradition for more than 200 years and the most popular panto is of course, Cinderella. This year you have a choice of two productions: 14 - 15 December at Shobrooke Village Hall and 20 - 23 December CODS present their version at The Old Town Hall. Will you go to the ball?
For "nasty but nicely comic" alternative, try Twisted Christmas 8 December at Crediton Arts Centre.
To take a break from the festivities or to walk off that extra mince pie, why not explore the countryside around us as autumn turns to winter. Take in the views as fallen leaves crunch under foot. There are more than 20 walks, all with maps, landmarks and local information. If it's relaxation you need, why not try Candlelit Yoga at Polka Dot in Cadeleigh on 4 December or a Candlelit Soundbath at the Arts Centre on 16 December? As ever you are spoiled for choice In & Around Crediton!
The Crediton Foodbank continues to help those in need and will be doing so this festive season. If you need help, see how they can support you by visiting the pages in their Getting Help section. If you’d like to know how you could help the foodbank and the local community, you can do so by either donating food or money or by volunteering your time.