With December upon us, we are now truly heading toward Christmas. And in recent weeks here in Devon we have had our first frost, our Christmas hampers have debuted online, and the Christmas lights have been switched on!
Take a look at Plymouth, leading the way on the 15th November.
The grassy areas in the centre of the city were blanketed with fake, paper-based snow, a snow globe was installed in Armada Way and the lights were switched on by local paralympic hopeful Ash Jackson, after a 200+ handmade lantern parade through the city. Plymouth often makes a big show of Christmas, with recent years seeing ice skating in the city centre, a yearly Christmas market and a visit from the Coca-cola Christmas lorry, and the local people turn out in droves to enjoy all it has to offer at this magical time of year.
Tavistock Dickensian Evening
Nearby in Tavistock, a far more traditional affair can be found in the form of the renowned Tavistock Dickensian Evening, which regularly attracts 12,000 visitors to the town. Held on the last Friday in November, the olde worlde streets are decorated with lights and crowded with local shop keepers and residents donning their best traditional attire, and offering mulled wine, mince pies and hog roast to shoppers until late in the evening. The town is also dotted with stilt walkers, fire eaters, morris dancers, donkeys and entertainers, to make a really magical and festive evening of merriment for all.
Devonian traditions and festive spirit abounds at this time of year. But fear not, dear reader, if you cannot reach us to help us celebrate. At Devon Hampers, we have designed a way to bring a slice of the 'proper' Devonshire Christmas to you!
We have personally designed plenty of hampers that can bring a Devon Christmas direct to your door, with mince pies and clotted cream, warming Devon Ciders and even a few with the full works, these hampers are sure to put you in a festive mood in time for the big day.