Things to do at Christmas

With more than 60 places to shop, eat and be merry this Christmas and over 1,270 parking spaces - get planning your perfect festive day out at Drake Circus and The Barcode.

Whether you’re planning some Christmas family fun, a day of Christmas shopping with friends or a winter get together with loved ones – your inspiration starts here.

From the very best gifts to the tastiest menus, festive cinema trips and a whole programme of seasonal fun and games, check out what’s on over Christmas at Drake Circus and The Barcode.

 

Christmas shop ‘til you drop

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With lots of shops under one roof – you won’t be short of inspiration for a day of Christmas shopping at Drake Circus.

Visit new arrivals, Omega, Breitling and Tag Heuer, where the teams will be more than happy to help you choose the perfect piece that’ll last a lifetime. Book an appointment with the team for a truly memorable and special experience.

For even more luxury gifting options, head to Tommy Hilfiger and BOSS, to find an extra-special gift for yourself or your loved ones.

You can also browse all of this season’s fashion – from party wear to trainers – at Next, H&M, New Look and schuh, to name just a few.

Find this year’s M&S Christmas Food collection and a range of cards and gift-wrapping products in-store. Or for more gifting options, Clinton Cards and Paperchase will have everything you need.

Lush, Boots and visits to The Perfume Shop and The Fragrance Shop will keep you busy with all things beauty, while The Entertainer, Smiggle and Tiger will help you find that perfect gift for the little ones in your life.

There are also plenty of stores to find fabulous stocking fillers and other festive gifts, from Waterstones to Primark and Monsoon Accessorize.

And if you’re worrying about fitting all of that into one day, fear not, you can enjoy late night Christmas shopping with Drake Circus’ later opening hours on Thursdays until 8pm. If you’re planning to shop in the evenings, Drake Circus also offers discounted parking from £4 after 5pm. For the full list of opening times for Christmas, head to our Christmas opening hours page.

 

Christmas family activities

If you’re a family with children, burn off some of that excess Christmas excitement with a trip to The Barcode!

Get together with other family and friends and enjoy a day or evening out at Paradise Island Adventure Golf.

A family playing mini golf
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It has two Adventure Golf courses where you can take on twists, turns, humps and bumps as you explore the treacherous swamps that await you. If you’re feeling like a pro, take on our 19th hole where the perfect hole-in-one will win you a free game.

With thirst-quenching soft drinks for the kids and a selection of beers, ciders, wines and spirits for the adults, it’s the ultimate day out for families.

 

Festive food

Bring family and friends together this Christmas season for some delicious food and drink at The Barcode.

four people sitting around a table with festive decorations.

Have a get together with friends at Cosy Club (image provided by Cosy Club).

Cosy Club, Zizzi and Las Iguanas will be offering festive menus with three-course meals starting from £22.95. From traditional turkey roasts, to pizzas and fajitas, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a quicker stop, check out Nando’s or Five Guys, as well as the Christmas Starbucks menu in Drake Circus for a festive bite and hot drink.

For those looking to make a night of it, head to BrewDog at The Barcode for a hop-haven fit for all. With multiple taps pouring a whole host of draught beers and ciders, as well as a selection of bottles and cans, it’s the perfect spot to meet up with your mates.

A festive buffet menu is also on offer from £17pp, with its well-loved chicken wings, as well as Christmas favourites including pigs in blankets, mince pieces and chocolate orange brownies!

The Barcode offers parking for £2 when you arrive after 5pm and leave before the car park closes – perfect for enjoying an evening meal or a late-night movie.

 

A Christmas movie

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With 14-state-of-the-art screens including IMAX and 4DX, sit back, relax and enjoy the latest film releases on the big screen at Cineworld this Christmas.

Enjoy replays of Christmas classics, and catch some new releases including Ghostbusters: Afterlife in November and Don’t Look Up starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Spider-Man: No Way Home in December.

And with a huge range of 'pick n mix', soft drinks and an irresistible Baskin Robbins stand with every flavour of ice cream, as well as Starbucks coffee, you won’t struggle to find a tasty treat or two for your festive day of fun.

The Barcode offers parking for £2 when you arrive after 5pm and leave before the car park closes – perfect for those

 

Support our local charities

We’re continuing to support the amazing work of our charity partners – Andy’s Man Club, Macmillan Cancer Support, Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service and Woodside Animal Welfare Trust.

For over 100 years Macmillan Cancer Support has been there for people living with cancer at their greatest times of need. Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to provide physical and mental support to cancer patients, with many facing uncertainties around self-isolation and shielding.

Andy’s Man Club was established in 2016 after the tragic loss of Andrew Roberts to suicide aged just 23. Providing mental health support to males across Plymouth, donations will help to fund its sessions that are held every Monday at 7pm (except bank holidays.) There is no referral process, signing in or charge – any man over 18 is welcome to attend.

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services provides practical, non-judgmental support, advice, and protection for all victims of domestic abuse. It offers a wide range of support to individuals and families in the Plymouth area including confidential advice, support sessions, and a refuge.

Woodside has been serving the local community in Plymouth and surrounding areas for more than 40 years, taking in 19 different species of pets – from cats and dogs to rodents and livestock. Its welfare teamwork within the community offering assistance, education on animal welfare, and supporting those who are most vulnerable.

Reverse the role of Santa and help us to support these amazing local organisations by donating £3 at our Giving Box – located at our Cornwall Street entrance. You can use contactless payment to easily donate and the box will even light up for every donation it receives!

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