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Looking for something to do over the Christmas break? We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 festive events in Torquay for all the family to enjoy.

Paignton Zoo

Come and visit Santa and his little helpers at his grotto, Paignton Zoo up until the 24th December.

Take part in the Twelve Days of Christmas trail around the Zoo and enjoy a ride on the Jungle Christmas Express train. Don’t forget to say hello to the animals along the way!

There are various crafty events to take part in including making your own Christmas baubles to hang on your own tree.

For grotto opening times and prices visit:

Bygones Victorian Village

Experience a Victorian Christmas at Bygones this December and have breakfast with the big man himself, Father Christmas. There’s just enough time to see Santa before his busiest night of the year!

Walk in a Victorian winter wonderland with snow covered streets and marvel at the 12” Christmas tree decked with lights.

For opening times and further information visit:

Cockington Court

Visit Cockington Court’s synthetic Ice Rink this Christmas and get your skate on!

The Ice Rink is open from 10.30am – 5pm daily (excluding Christmas day and boxing day).

There’s also the chance to skate with Santa himself!

For times and dates visit:

Babbacombe Model Village

Come and see a miniature Winter Wonderland at Babbacombe Model Village. With snow covered miniature streets and houses adorned with lights it’s best seen after dusk.

There are various activities to enjoy over the Christmas period from a mini Christmas panto, 3D adventure film and various crafts to make and take home. And don’t forget to visit Santa’s grotto!

Running until January 5th. For opening times and event details visit:

Kents Cavern

Still haven’t posted your letters to the North Pole? Fear not for Santa will be in his temporary underground grotto in the Caves of Kents Cavern until December 24th.

Follow Santa’s little helpers through the festive caves in search of Santa. If you find him you’ll receive a special gift from Santa and his Elves.

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Looking to get away over the Christmas period?  Book your festive break at The Hotel Balmoral.