Christmas at Princesshay

Discover the wonder this Christmas with our exciting line up of events, late night shopping and new Christmas lights!

New Christmas Lights shine bright

We like to think we’re known for our fabulous Christmas Lighting displays and this year we’re really delighted to announce brand new decorations will shine bright from the 16th November in Princesshay.

Expect thousands of warm twinkly lights, beautifully decorated green wreaths, a stunning new Christmas Tree in Princesshay Square and multiple ‘on the ground’ photo opportunities including Santa’s Sleigh, Angel Wings and huge walk through JOY letters. We can’t wait for you see the display and soak up the festive atmosphere. This lighting scheme will also be our ‘greenest’ ever, made from recycled aluminium, recycled plastics and featuring ultra LED bulbs.

SPARK WorldBeaters

To celebrate our new lights, we welcomed back SPARK WorldBeaters who performed on Thursday 16th November. This incredible street theatre troupe featured live music, movement and spectacular lighting. But don’t worry if you missed it, we have a whole host of choirs, theatre groups and street performers booked in between now and Christmas!

Christmas Charity Trees

Celebrating its 11th anniversary, we are pleased to be welcoming back the Charity Christmas Trees Festival on Bedford Street outside the former Debenhams store. 35 Charity Trees will be lit and decorated from 16th November showcasing some of the amazing local charities and their causes.

Above: Charity Christmas Tree Festival & Spark Drummers are back this Christmas!

NEW Christmashay Market and The Antler Inn

We have teamed up with Barnova Events based in Exeter to bring an exciting new Christmas Bar to Princesshay Square this year. Expect a classic, cosy and beautifully decorated space selling mulled drinks and great wine! The Bar will be open and trading from the 16th November – 23rd December.

Princesshay in collaboration with Markets In Exeter will also host a new local Christmas Market in Bedford Street with 10 Christmas chalets offering an eclectic and alternative array of gifting, fashion and accessories with local traders changing on a weekly basis so there is always something new to see each visit! Find out more.

Santa Claus is coming to town!

We’re over the moon to announce the return of Father Christmas to Princesshay for 2023. Joining us for our fun-filled festivities in his very own workshop on Bedford Street, Santa and his elves look forward to creating a welcoming, warm and inclusive experience for all.

For further information including opening dates & times click here.

Above: Santa’s Workshop located on Bedford Street from 30th November – 24th December

Late Nights

We will be open late on the dates in the lead up to Christmas with shops open until 8pm:

  • Thursday 16th November
  • Thursday 23rd November
  • Friday 24th November
  • Thursday 30th November
  • Thursday 7th December
  • Thursday 13th December
  • Thursday 21st December

For our full list of Christmas opening times please click here.