Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market 2020 to Go Ahead, with New Safety Measures

The decision comes following extensive discussions to ensure appropriate safety measures in the light of current coronavirus concerns.

Plans for this year’s Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, which is scheduled to run from 21 November to 19 December, include managed entry and exit points to control the number of visitors, a new layout of Christmas Chalets covering a larger area to avoid congestion, and much wider paths to enable safe physical distancing. There will also be hand sanitiser stations, and visitors will be encouraged to wear face coverings where possible.

By holding the event this year, we hope to provide a much needed boost to the region, as The Very Revd Jonathan Greener, Dean of Exeter explains:

“We are thrilled to move forward with our plans to continue the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market tradition this year. Our wish is to provide a desperately needed boost for local traders at the end of an extremely challenging year, and also to lift the spirits of the people of Devon as we celebrate Christmas here in the centre of Exeter. We are enormously grateful to the local authorities and advisory groups for their help and advice to make this happen. Today’s news is exciting for all who work at and love the Cathedral.”

Alongside Christmas Market preparations, we will continue to monitor and reassess the safety measures in consultation with traders, Exeter City Council, the Safety Advisory Group and Public Health England.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market 2019

Trading at the Christmas Market


Exeter Christmas Market’ has been running for seven years on Exeter Cathedral Green and is recognised as one of the best in the UK. A combination of unique location with the stunning backdrop of Exeter Cathedral alongside high quality exhibitors has established an ‘event’ which is now an integral part of the city centre festive celebrations and Christmas shopping experience.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market was a finalist at the 2018 & 2019 Exeter Living Awards for ‘Best Event’ and the bar ‘The Cathedral Tavern’ won the award for the best bar.

Featuring a selection of crafts, fresh food and a bustling atmosphere helped by delicious food stalls and Bavarian-style bars, Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is inspired by German Christmas markets. With traditional wooden chalets it attracts in excess of 600,000 visitors each year over the 34 day period.

Exeter Cathedral Green, the jewel in the crown in the city centre is a prime location for shoppers and is on the doorstep of the main shopping district. The Cathedral itself is a hub of activity at Christmas with its many carol services, concerts, events and education activities making it the perfect venue to experience the festive atmosphere both inside and out.


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