City’s Christmas Market goes online for the first time

Shoppers still hoping to get in the festive spirit in Exeter despite the Cathedral’s Christmas Market being cancelled have a ray of hope thanks to an online event being staged.

Visit Exeter has set up a Virtual Christmas Market which give people the chance to see what businesses around the city are offering up during the holidays without having to worry about coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Shoppers will be able to go on a virtual tour of the city with links to many of the local retailers and suppliers on the high street.

From chic boutiques and stylish independents to familiar big-name stores, there will be plenty for people to explore to get great Christmas gift ideas.

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Information about food and drink businesses offering takeaway and click-and-collect services will also feature within the event.

Some of the foods you can expect to see on the market site include On The Waterfront, The Oddfellows, Pink Moon Cafe and Taco Boys.

There will also be some links to entertainment available such as bespoke local performances, art demonstrations, food and drink masterclasses, drama performances and festive workshops during the upcoming weeks.

“Traditionally, this is the busiest time of the year for many of the businesses taking part, so that’s why it’s so important for people to support the Virtual Christmas Market during these difficult times,” said Cllr Ollie Pearson, lead councillor for City Centre and Corporate Services.

Visit Exeter’s Virtual Christmas Market have divided their market online into different sections.

The sections include:

  • Drink
  • Entertainment
  • How you can give back to your local community
  • Supporting cultural organisations
  • Christmas Eve box ideas
  • Topsham’s local Christmas hampers.

Each section has a list of retailers and suppliers with links which will take you to their separate website to explore in more detail.

To visit the virtual Christmas market see their website here.

Devon Live