The BEST Way to See Santa in Devon!

Our Sail with Santa Cruises have been the family’s festive favourite for over 20 years.  Join us as we set sail on the calm waters of the River Exe taking some well-deserved time out to enjoy Christmas together!

Come and meet Santa in his enchanting on-board grotto where the children will receive an amazing handpicked gift whilst the grown ups can enjoy a glass of our secret recipe mulled wine and locally baked mince pie.

This cruise is packed full of fun from the moment you join us and are a fabulously festive way to kick-start Christmas!

Due to Covid-19, we have made some necessary changes to the way we will be running our famously spectacular Sail with Santa Cruises. They won’t be the same as previous years but we hope that our plans will ensure fun for all of the family, whilst remaining safe at all times – your health and safety and that of our staff is our top priority. 

With this in mind, we will be implementing the following structure:

  1. Please note, the minimum number of people per booking is 4. If your group is less than this then please ring before booking.
  2. Table and chair seating throughout the cruise, for a maximum of 6 people per table.
    This can be for 6 people from one household, or up to 6 people from two separate households.
    For those who booked for more than 6 people prior to this new rule, we will need to separate your group onto multiple tables.
  3. New departure times and duration.
    11am, 12noon, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm. The cruises will now be approx. 45 minutes in duration, this is due to the capacity being reduced by half for social distancing and to allow our friendly elves enough time to deep clean between cruises.
  4. Entertainment changes.
    We are delighted to announce that we have managed to come up with some ideas for a variety of entertainment which will take place at your tables. This will include balloon modelling for the children and a magician doing close up magic, which we hope will provide fun for all of the family! Sadly, we have had to remove the Punch and Judy show from our line-up, due to the nature of the show encouraging shouting and people sitting close together, we are unable to ensure that this would be ‘COVID-safe’.
  5. Families will be invited to Santa’s Grotto, one table at a time, to avoid queuing and to ensure appropriate social distancing at all times. You will be required to go to Santas Grotto when invited and there will not be an opportunity to negotiate this, due to time limitation.
  6. The café/bar on board will be available as usual but our Elves will be operating a waiter/waitress-only service and you be asked not to go up to the bar for any reason. Refreshments will be provided for the adults and children and these will be brought to you at your tables.
  7. You will be asked to remain seated for the majority of the cruise, unless using the toilet or visiting Santa’s Grotto – everything else will be brought to you!
As we will be arranging the boat with table and chair seating, if you have booked separately to your friends/family but still wish to be seated on the same table of 6 or less then please let us know as soon as possible. We cannot guarantee that it will be possible for you to sit together but we will do our best!
We very much look forward to welcoming you on board this Christmas!

Advanced booking for these trips is essential and each present is handpicked and age specific for each child.

Sailing: Times vary please see the timetable
Duration: 45 minutes
Adult: £11.00
Child: £11.00
12 months old and under: £4.00

Our Sail with Santa Cruises make a visit to Santa’s Grotto not only one they will remember but will soon become part of your family Christmas tradition!

Setting sail along the peaceful waters of the River Exe, our boats have an indoor heated lower deck with large windows for great viewing.

This cruise is packed from start to finish with heaps for everyone to do!  Watch whilst our balloon modeler creates a masterpiece for them to take home, and enjoy some close up magic from our fabulous magician!

All the tasty treats of drinks, sweets and chocolates are delivered to your tables to make sure the children are refreshed and ready to go to see Santa!  His magical custom-built grotto on the lower deck is full of festive charm as everyone is welcomed down the staircase to meet the man himself.  We take exceptional care when selecting the gifts for the children and each one is hand wrapped for each child by a small troop of Elves!

For the adults there are some warm locally produced mince pies and a glass of our homemade secret recipe mulled wine to enjoy whilst the children are delighted and entertained.

Our boats have indoor heated lower decks and outdoor upper decks, there is also a bar serving a range of hot and cold drinks and toilets are on board. We will be operating a waiter/waitress-only service.

Generations of families have now been coming to our Sail with Santa cruises – so why not make this part of your family’s festive tradition – we look forward to welcoming you on board!

Tis the season to Sail with Santa!
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 there fast asleep,
Ah ha, he’s awake and he’s getting ready, to give them toys, books or a 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 cheer, we’ll Sail with Santa again next year!


Please note that the minimum group size for bookings of 4 people. Please ensure that you have read our full Terms and Conditions before booking.