‘Tis the season to be jolly and there’s nowhere better to celebrate Christmas than along Plymouth’s vibrant historic waterfront. Our darker evenings have been brightened up by Christmas lights, Santa has made an early appearance in Plymouth already, and classic festive tunes are playing on the radio – Christmas has well and truly arrived.
So it’s time to dust off your sparkly outfits, get suited and booted and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as 2019 comes to an end. Here’s how you can spend Christmas in Sutton Harbour.
There’s no more comforting place to warm yourself up on a damp December day than a cosy café – and preferably one with a great view too. From monster hot chocolates to classic cups of tea, cafes and tearooms along the harbour are serving up delicious hot drinks and homemade cakes with a festive twist.
Daisy’s Tearooms and Coffee Shop is fast becoming well-known for its ‘build your own’ afternoon tea offer. As well as serving hot drinks and cakes, Daisy’s also offers lunchtime foods and a traditional Sunday roast.
Boston Tea Party is one of the most popular venues on the harbour, serving breakfast and brunch daily as well as a range of hot drinks and tasty treats.
There’s also a large range of cafes along Southside Street such as The Flower Cafe and Monty’s. Both serve an extensive variety of drink options and delicious food to match.
The Polar Bear Explorer trail is back! After the success of last year’s trail, 20 Polar Bear cubs have returned to Plymouth, hiding in businesses along the waterfront including the Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
Explorers can pick up a booklet containing a comic strip which tells the story of George and how climate change is affecting his environment. Each section will have a missing word which can be found at the matching Polar Bear cub. And of course, there are prizes up for grabs.
But that’s not all: an extra special golden Polar Bear cub is on Southside Street. By uploading a selfie with the cub and making a pledge to help the environment, you could be in with a chance of winning one of three WWF Polar Bear adoption packs.
Booklets can be found at participating businesses, the Tourist Information Centre and on the Visit Plymouth website. The trail runs until March 1st 2020.
The harbour is lined with bars and pubs that are perfect for Christmas celebrations with friends and family. Whether it’s a casual drink or a big family affair, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Sutton Harbour.
The Ship has recently refurbished its upstairs restaurant and function room, just in time for the festive season. The pub offers seating for up to 60 people, stunning views of Sutton Harbour and a private bar to hire too.
HonkyTonk Wine Library is another welcoming venue along the waterfront with a vast variety of wines and gins on offer as well as festive treats. The wine lounge is even open on Christmas Day (11am-3pm) for drinks only.
For families who don’t live near each other, coming together makes this time of year even more special. Inviting your family to celebrate Christmas in Plymouth means they can enjoy everything that Britain’s Ocean City has to offer.
From the new Barcode entertainment centre to waterfront festivities, there is so much to do in and around the city this Christmas. To keep up to date with what’s happening in Plymouth, see the Visit Plymouth website.
A crisp winter’s day is often the best time to have a wander along the harbourside. With the Christmas decorations lining the Barbican and gorgeous views of Sutton Harbour Marina, a walk around the historic quarter of Plymouth is the ideal way to escape the craziness of Christmas Day at home.
Restaurants up and down the waterfront will be serving mouth-watering Christmas menus sure to be full of seasonal specials and festive favourites.
The Stable has a cracking Christmas menu on offer, with dishes including the Turkey Gobbler, The Green Dragon and the Pucker Up cheesecake. The Stable can also host Christmas parties and has a range of veggie and vegan options available.
Miller and Carter is offering three special menus this Christmas period; the Festive menu (available until Christmas Eve), the Christmas Day menu – which offers an impressive five-courses – and the Boxing Day menu.
During the lead up to Christmas many of us can get so lost in present buying and organising family visits that we forget about New Year’s Eve. Sutton Harbour is home to a variety of venues which will be open and hosting celebrations on December 31st. Ring in the New Year along the harbour at one of the exciting events taking place, including HonkyTonk’s Great Gatsby Party and Daisy’s New Year’s Eve event.
Celebrate Christmas at the National Marine Aquarium with a whole host of family-friendly events, special Christmas dinners and watching Santa dive into the Eddystone exhibit. A trip to the aquarium could also be a fantastic gift for a loved one, with tickets including a year-long pass. The aquarium is open from 10am-5pm but will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Need to do some last minute Christmas shopping? There’s a fantastic range of independent boutiques, art galleries and gift shops based both in the harbour and the adjacent historic Barbican quarter. The waterfront is the perfect place to find something special and unique for friends, family and loved ones as well as supporting local, independent retailers in the process.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!