What’s On This Christmas

Let The Good Times Roll This Christmas

(And the Mulled Cider Flow)

This festive season, we’re inviting families and party-goers to sample an alternative Christmas. From mid November, we will be hosting a festive flurry of cultural events from family theatre to workshops and art markets with flowing mulled cider; getting Exeter residents feeling warm and fuzzy in the season of good will.

For anyone who dreads the high street at this time of year, there are ample opportunities for a more laid back and locally-focused shopping environment, with Paper Phoenix Indie Art and Design Market, the return of popular craft and local maker market Unique Boutique, and workshops where participants can make their own naturally foraged wreaths. We’re also offering gift vouchers for those looking to give something a bit different, and share amazing experiences with their friends and family. 

As usual, our roomy theatre and cosy independent cinema at the venue will be host to some brilliant slices of entertainment for families to enjoy together. Quirk Theatre present their new Christmas show Lucy and The Lost Ones, the follow up to last year’s highly acclaimed Ernie and The Sea of Ice. Other family highlights include a Jingle Bell Ball from the award-winning Big Fish Little Fish family rave, and a host of Dickensian film screenings, from new release The Man Who Invented Christmas to old favourite The Muppet Christmas Carol.

With school out for two weeks, boredom busters include cutting edge digital workshops where curious kids can try their hand at making everything from animated Christmas cards to short films, Santa themed computer games and LED Christmas trees.

But it’s not all for kids. We’ll certainly be delivering on the parties this festive season, with a number of great (and rather unique) nights out. The best alternative and Steampunk acts from all over the country will be making their way to Exeter’s annual Steampunk Yule Ball, as it returns with a multi-room event bound to amaze and surprise. While Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) prepare to wow audiences with Belshazzar’s Feast, a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz. Finally to end the year in style, Exeter Phoenix presents Party in the Cosmos to celebrate New Years Eve.

See below for links to our whole festive offering…


Festive Fun with the Family

Great films, theatre productions and parties for families to enjoy together. Look out for family ticket deals.


School’s Out!

Beat the boredom with our holiday workshops for kids.



Ditch The High Street

Who said Christmas shopping couldn’t be enjoyable? Join us to buy indie or make your own gifts this year.












Time to Get Merry

Great festive nights out with friends – it’s the party season afterall.