Christmas in Devon on the River Exe

If you’re looking for things to do in Devon this Christmas – then look no further we’ve got it covered! We have heaps of Christmas boat trips that will delight family and friends during the festive season.

Our festively decorated boats sail along the calm waters of the River Exe – with indoor heated lower decks with large windows and outside upper decks with cosy blankets and plenty of fresh air – you can relax and have a great time whatever the weather. All our boats have toilets on board and a licenced bar serving a range of hot and cold drinks.

With cruises for all ages there really is something for everyone spending Christmas in Devon!

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This Christmas live music takes to the water in Devon!

This year we have TWO fabulous local bands setting sail on our festively decorated boats!

On Friday 6 December we have Reflex 80! This two-piece act performs all of your favourite hits of the 1980’s including Wham, Erasure, Duran Duran, Madonna, Communards and Banarama to name just a few! So its time to grab anything neon and come and pay tribute to everything we love about the Eighties!

Then on Friday 20 December we have Filta! This band has reinvented cover bands by adding their own style to some of the biggest dance hits and floor fillers – its definitely time to get goosebumps! With a twin keyboard player and a rhythm section laying down the grooves, their frontman climbs through some of the best dance and pop tunes to date – you know when it’s time to raise those hands!

We have an indoor heated lower deck with a fully stocked cash bar serving a great range of drinks including Exmouth’s own Copperfrog Gin and ales from Exeter Brewery!

Our Christmas gigs are perfect for anyone who loves the South West local music scene – they are super popular so you will need to book!

  • Sailing: Friday 6 December and Friday 20 December
  • Departs: 7.30pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Adults: £10.00

Our Christmas Boat Party is one of the BEST Christmas Parties in Devon!

Celebrate the festive season with family and friends or why not get your Christmas work party sorted on this incredible party cruise!

To get the party started you are welcomed aboard with a glass of hot mulled wine as sail out onto the peaceful waters of the River Exe.

On board will be a delicious locally produced hog roast for you all to enjoy before you start throwing your best shapes to the sounds of our irresistible Devon based disco!

Our boats have indoor heated lower decks and an outdoor upper decks, both festively decorated to get you into the party spirit! There is a fully stocked cash bar with a range of drinks including Exmouth’s own Copperfrog Gin and ales from Exeter Brewery.

Your Christmas Party Cruise with us at Stuart Line Cruises is a fun and fabulous way to celebrate the festive season with a difference!

The ticket price includes your arrival drink, food and entertainment and at just £20 per person it’s great value – bear in mind booking is essential!

  • Sailing: Saturday 14 December
  • Departs: 7.30pm
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Adults: £20.00

The biggest Christmas tradition in Exmouth has to be the Christmas Day Swim, so this year why not get the BEST view of this iconic event – from the water!

This Christmas Day join our Stuart Line family and watch from the warmth and comfort of the boat as the rest of Exmouth shivers and strains to see from the beach!

From our upper and lower decks you will clearly be able to see all the brave and daring swimmers on their annual charge down the beach dashing head-long into the water as all of their supporters cheer them into the icy waters of the river!

Our covered and cozy boat leaves Exmouth Marina at 10.45am on Christmas Day full of warm mince pies and hot mulled wine.  We cruise down to Exmouth Seafront to watch the icy revelers on the beach, then as the swimmers make their way out of the water we will cruise up the River Exe before returning you to the marina for 12.15pm – just in time to pop the turkey in the oven!

We’d love to welcome you all onboard to share this amazing day with us! We have limited spaces on this trip so advanced booking is essential!

  • Departs: 10.45am
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Adults: £10.00
  • Children: £7.00

While Father Christmas checks who’s been naughty or nice, parents enjoy mulled wine & mince pies,

Glitter & tinsel sparkle away, the crew are in costume for this festive day!

Into the Grotto children try to peek, to see if Santa is fast asleep,

Ah ha, he’s awake and he’s getting ready, to give them toys, books or even a teddy,

An hour later & the trip’s all done, by the looks on their faces they’ve all had fun!

They wave goodbye full of festive cheer, we’ll Sail with Santa again next year!


Our Sail with Santa trips are the family favourite that lets everyone know that Christmas is here!  These hour-long cruises set sail from Exmouth Marina and sail up the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe.  This is one of our favourite trips of the year, the crew just love getting dressed up in their Christmas costumes, singing Christmas songs and helping out Santa and his elves in the grotto!

You’ll be amazed to see how our lower deck gets transformed into the perfect Santa’s Grotto where the children have the chance to meet the man himself and tell him all about their year!  All the children will receive a lovely gift from Father Christmas, each of which is age specific and specially chosen by our crew of elves!

The children have heaps of fun with our balloon modelling, face painting, the hilarious Punch and Judy show and conditions permitting can even have a boat driving lesson!  Drinks of squash are available along with biscuits and sweeties – not forgetting, of course, their amazing gift from Santa!

There’s also heaps for the grown-ups who will be able to enjoy a glass of hot mulled wine with a warm mince pie whilst giggling at the hidden humour in the Punch and Judy show – you can even get your face painted too!

These trips are really popular and as each gift is specifically chosen for each child, we recommend booking in advance!

  • Sailing: See the timetable below
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Adult: £10.00
  • Child: £10.00
  • Babies under 12 months: £4.00

Take some time out and enjoy the Christmas celebrations with a Festive Special River Cruise along the stunning River Exe!

These wonderfully Wintery Christmas themed boat trips to help you relax and indulge in the holiday spirit with a glass of our secret recipe homemade mulled wine and locally sourced mince pies all included in the ticket!

We have seating on our heated indoor lower deck that has incredible panoramic views of the River Exe. There is also fresh outdoor seating on our upper decks with blankets to keep you warm and toasty on those crisp winter days!

The calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe means that this trip runs uninterrupted during the Christmas and New Year period. As a site of special scientific interest, during the winter months the river becomes a haven for migrating birds making this an incredible time to watch the wading and migrating birds including avocets, curlews, teal, oystercatchers, redshanks, and plovers!

So why not come onboard and sit back and enjoy the festive season whilst you listen as your Skipper gives you live commentary on our stunning surroundings!

  • Sailing: Times vary – see the timetable below
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Adults: £10.00
  • Children: £6.00
  • Groups of 15 or more: £8.50

Have your very own Christmas Party with us here at Stuart Line Cruises!

Come along this festive season and celebrate Christmas on the water with your very own bespoke party for you and your family, friends or work colleagues!

Take time out with family and friends to relax and enjoy the season or why not get you’re your work colleagues on board and have an office Christmas party you’ll all remember!

Prices and packages can be built to match your requirements – click here to find out more!

Our Festive timetable