2020 has been a year like no other and we need a Christmas like never before – that’s why we’re creating a magical festive season in the weeks leading up to December 25.

Social distancing and staying safe means there’s no big switch-on and no large one-off events. Instead we’re showing off the town every single day through continuing attractions to encourage shopping, eating and responsible drinking, aimed at Christmas-lovers locally and from outside.

Christmas Lights Display

Street lights, Christmas trees above shops and the traditional Big Trees at St Margaret’s Church and the Quay have all returned this year along with some fairytale shop windows across town. Once again the sparkliest, twinkliest show of lights in our part of Devon will be in Topsham!

Angel of the South by Brendan Rawlings

Sculptor Brendan Rawlings is displaying his latest work – The Angel of the South – outside St Margaret’s Church in Fore Street. This incredible piece of work made from driftwood is in situ until January 2021. We are absolutely delighted to help showcase such a talented local artist, whilst creating another attraction for Topsham this year that’s Covid-safe. Click here to see more of Brendan’s work at Zen Wood Design but do come down and see this gem for yourself in Topsham.

Sparkling Streets and a Fun Competition for Residents!

‘Light Up Topsham’ like never before and enter our Best Dressed Home competition! Whether you live in a house, flat or boat we’d love baubles in windows, a wreath on the door, and Christmas lights big or small!

Here’s what to do: 1.Make the outside of your home magical by December 4th; 2. Enter by the same date by emailing us with the ‘subject’ ‘Christmas Houses’; 3. Judging takes place on December 5th; 4. We’ll reveal the result on December 7th on this website and on noticeboards in Topsham’s Fore Street. Two winners each receive £30 of gift vouchers to spend with Love Topsham business supporters; 5. The judges’ decision is final. Good luck!

Nothing Says Christmas More Than a Hamper

Many shops sell a Christmas hamper or gift set; buy in person, order by phone or in some cases get one online. Alternatively, make your own with items from local stores! Either way it’s a unique gift for friends or family. Here’s our Hampers page which lists the shops that are hamper-tastic this festive season. Check with individual businesses whether they can deliver or if it’s pick up only.

There’s More Than One Way To Shop Locally

Our handy Shopping More Ways guide is your must-have reference point this Christmas. Check the nifty icons next to the list of local shops showing you different ways to buy local this festive season. If you’re shielding, cannot get into town easily, or would just rather shop online, this is how you can keep it Topsham – even in a pandemic.

Christmas Shopping 2020 – That’s a Wrap!

Christmas elves will be out each Saturday in December to wrap your festive goodies. This will be run by volunteers fund-raising for the Topsham Museum. There’s a green twist, too – it’s eco-friendly wrapping! (We’re crossing our fingers that this activity will still be possible as it is after the lockdown period)

Dress Up To Help Out!

We’re asking adults AND children to dig out those Santa Suits and Elf Ears and bag a treat each Wednesday in December. Everyone who dresses up in crazy Christmas outfits from 3pm (after-school time) on a Wednesday will get a treat. Check back here for more details nearer the time as we’re hoping this is still able to go ahead post-lockdown.

Click & Connect with Neighbours

Hosted by Reverend Louise Grace, join in with a chilled Zoom hour on Tuesdays from November 24th to December 22nd between 6pm and 7pm.  We’ll chat about keeping connected and upbeat this Christmas – and most of all, we’ll share uplifting acts of kindness and see how to be more thoughtful and generous in challenging times. Click here for the zoom link or email Louise if you’d like a little help with technology to access the online meet up.

See our Services page for links to the churches in Topsham to make enquiries about Christmas services etc.

Winter of Sounds

Every Saturday in December, street musicians will provide live music adding to the festive atmosphere and encouraging people to spend a little longer in town to secure those special gifts. Local musicians will perform around Chapel Platt between 10am and 4pm. Our current schedule is (subject to change):

5th – Alex Harding, Cameron Lemmer
12th – Bradley Hicks, Solarference
19th – Fingers ‘n’ Fumbs, Unexpected Item

Christmas Shopping? It’s In The Bag!

A Love Topsham bag makes a great present and helps cut plastic use in Topsham. Just £5 each (£4 for Love Topsham Cardholders) and available from The Topsham Bookshop, Salt, Topsham Pharmacy, Lark, Pawsome, Wilkinson Grant and Cooks Aweigh. Here’s an idea – fill one with local produce and give it as a gift to someone who loves Topsham as much as you!

Topsham’s Elusive Lockdown Fox!

If you venture along the Strand from December 1st you just might spot the elusive Lockdown Fox, made famous in Phil Keen’s beautifully illustrated book. Check out Topsham Museum’s windows and entrance door to see if you can spot him in our Christmas Grotto display. You’ll also find a traditional nativity scene in one of the front windows. Across the road the Museum’s riverside Garden will be transformed into a magical escape, with twinkling lights hidden in the trees and bushes.

A Christmas Card With A Difference – the gift that keeps giving

For the person who just adores our town, a 2021 Love Topsham Card means discounts and offers all year long – and a stake in the town itself. Please check out the offers available to see what a perfect gift this could be and how to get hold of a Card.

Local Postal Services

We may all need The Post Office’s services more than ever this year! If you are thinking of sending cards and gifts to far flung family and friends, Topsham Post Office at Nancy Potter House is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday by appointment only – call 01392 879009.