Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Plymouth Hoe

Merry Christmas from the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront website team – Scott Grenney, Kamila Bielawska, Mike Pitches, Leigh Acton, Steve Dudfield, Wendy Evans

Have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year! Don’t forget to visit the Plymouth Hoe Plymouth & Plymouth Barbican during this quiet time, plenty of restaurants, shops and pubs to visit 😉 |

Plymouth Hoe – Coca Cola Truck 2012 – Photos

plymouth hoe coca cola truck 2012The Coca Cola Truck parked up on the Plymouth Hoe on Tuesday 18th December 2012.

Large queues of people waited patiently to have their photo taken next to the iconic Coca Cola Truck.

Photographer Mike Pitches was there to capture the moment :). See more in his gallery of images here:

Plymouth Hoe Coca Cola Truck 2012 photos…

Plymouth Hoe Event: Coca Cola Truck Tuesday 18th 2012

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Holiday’s are coming… The Coca Cola Truck is set to appear on the Plymouth Hoe on Tuesday 18th December 2012 between 1pm – 9pm!

There will be opportunities for photos and more…

Photographer Mike Pitches will also be on site from 5pm+ wearing a ‘Barbican Waterfront’ Navy Blue Hi Vis Vest. Be sure to say hi! 🙂 All photos taken by Mike will be featured on this website and the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront facebook page :D.

If you’re on Twitter share your photos by adding the @plymhoe tag. We’ll retweet all pictures we see 🙂

Full Details about the Coca Cola Truck on the Plymouth Hoe here…

Plymouth Festive Fun prevails as Lights Switch On entertainment is re-scheduled

plymouth winter festival 2012A Christmas celebration for the entire city is being planned for Thursday 20 December and everyone is invited!

Following the severe weather which cancelled the Lights Switch On event on Thursday 22 November, city bosses have announced the entertainment programme has been rescheduled to Thursday 20 December as Plymouth’s Christmas Celebration to make the most of the opportunity for some festive fun!

Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth City Council have re-scheduled the stage entertainment programme featuring The Military Wives Choir, Joker and Gaga Unleashed as well as Pantomime stars Christopher Biggins and Basil Brush to take place on Thursday 20 December from 4pm on Cornwall Street. Heart FM and ITV Westcountry will also be there to cover the event and make sure it goes with a bang! We will also be celebrating some fantastic achievements of some very special Plymothians between 6.15 & 6.30pm.

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager said: “We were so unlucky with the torrential rain and gale force winds which resulted in our 22 November event being cancelled.

“Despite the rain our spirits have not been dampened. The entertainment at Light Switch On is so important for the city that we couldn’t let Christmas happen without it! We are delighted to be able to re-schedule the event as a Christmas Celebration and to share a fun-packed festive party with everyone in the city.”

Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We know how much everyone looks forward to the Christmas celebrations in the city centre and we’re really pleased that all of the original guests and performers are able to take part on 20 December. There’s bound to be a great atmosphere as people count down the last few days to Christmas and this will be the perfect way to kick off all the festivities.”

Plymouth’s Christmas Celebration will take place on Thursday 20 December from 4pm on the Heart FM stage on Cornwall Street. This is a FREE event and no tickets are required. For more information go to or or follow @VisitPlymouth on Twitter.

Plymouth Winter Festival – Festive fun across the city of Plymouth

plymouth winter festival 2012Plymouth’s Winter Festival is returning for 2012, and it’s set to be bigger and better than ever with the events taking place across the city centre and waterfront.

Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth Waterfront Partnership are teaming up to provide a fantastic line up of festive fun for all the family in the lead up to Christmas.

The Winter Festival will officially launch on Thursday 22 November, with the Christmas Lights Switch On transforming Plymouth into a twinkling festive haven and beginning the city’s countdown to Christmas.

Now in its third year, the Winter Festival, aims to attract shoppers from across the South West to enjoy Plymouth’s unique retail offer, as well as its exciting programme of entertainment and events.

This year Santa will have a new home in Plymouth, at his cosy Christmas Grotto on Frankfort Gate. The Grotto will open on Thursday 22 November to coincide with the Christmas Lights Switch On, and will remain open every day until Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Lights Switch On will also mark the opening of the Christmas Market stalls on Armada Way and Cornwall Street and the redressing of the outdoor ice rink on the Piazza as a Christmas Winter Wonderland. Shops in the city centre will be staying open until 8pm for late night shopping, as they will every Thursday throughout the rest of November and December.

Brand new for 2012, there will also be a special Saturday Christmas Farmers’ Market taking place on the waterfront, based at the West Pier. Local traders will be selling a wide range of goods including fresh bread, eggs, poultry, venison, handmade cakes and preserves – highlighting the South West’s excellent local produce.

The market begins on Saturday 24 November will open every Saturday in the five weeks before Christmas, from 11am – 6pm, with pop up performances each week.

Plymouth Barbican traders will be holding a one-off late night shopping evening on Wednesday 12 December, with many of the independent shops and galleries staying open until 8pm and offering shoppers mulled wine and other festive treats.

There will also be an ‘Odd Window Out’ trail for families to follow along the waterfront and a photo exhibition of ‘Christmases Past on the Barbican’ run by South West Image Bank at the Tourist Information Centre.

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Manager said: “Everyone on the waterfront is really looking forward to the dining and shopping Christmas season and joining in with the festive fun. Last year’s late night shopping evening on the Barbican proved to be very popular, it’s a great evening within the relaxed, atmospheric setting of the historic quayside with opportunities to dine by the waterside too. We’re introducing the Saturday farmers’ markets this year giving people added reason to buy local this Christmas and the many destinations within the waterfront offer a broad range for all the family.”

The countdown to Christmas will continue throughout December, with the Twinkling Twilight Lantern Parade on Thursday 6 December, which will see 300 local school children parading their handmade lanterns through the city streets. There will also be a charity Santa Fun Run (9 December), breakfast with Santa at the ice rink (24 December), Dick Whittington in Panto at the Theatre Royal (14 December – 19 January), Cinderella on Ice at Plymouth Pavilions (26 December – 5 January) and a whole host of other festive shows across the city.

To help shoppers get more for their money, Plymouth City Centre Company is teaming up with CityBus, Radio Plymouth and the Plymouth Herald to introduce the ShopPlymouth Saver Card – a great way for shoppers to access exclusive discounts and offers across the city, helping you make your money go further this Christmas. You can sign up for the card for free at

Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centre Manager said: “The Winter Festival is definitely going to be bigger and better than ever this year – we’re bringing back all the events which have been popular in the past along with some exciting new festive treats. With the launch of the ShopPlymouth Saver Card this month there’s never been a better time to bag a bargain, so come and make the most of all the deals on offer while enjoying the great entertainment and events in the lead up to Christmas.”

For information on all the events and activities that form this year’s Winter Festival please visit and You can also keep up with all the latest updates by becoming a fan of What’s On Plymouth on Facebook and following @Shop_Plymouth and @VisitPlymouth on Twitter.

>strong>Upcoming Winter Festival Events:


Thursday 22:
Winter Festival Launch
Christmas Lights Switch On, with entertainment from 4pm including Christopher Biggins, ‘Gaga Unleashed’, the Military Wives Choir and Joker
Christmas Market opening on Armada Way and Cornwall Street
Santa’s Grotto opening on Frankfort Gate
Plymouth Outdoor Ice Rink transformation into Winter Wonderland and evening skating show
Thanksgiving celebration at 11am outside the Guildhall
Late night shopping in the city centre – continues every Thursday

Saturday 24:
Saturday Christmas Market at West Pier – continues every Saturday


Saturday 1:
‘Odd Window Out’ trail begins on the waterfront
Barbican Christmases Past photo exhibition begins

Sunday 2:
Good Food Market at Royal William Yard, 11am – 3pm

Thursday 6:
Twinkling Twilight Lantern Parade, starting at 6pm leaving from the City Market Car Park on Cornwall Street
Meet Santa’s reindeer from 3pm – 5pm at their Frankfort Gate paddock

Friday 7:
The Greatest Story Never Told begins at the Barbican Theatre

Sunday 9:
Santa fun run

Wednesday 12:
Late night shopping on the Plymouth Barbican

Friday 14:
Dick Whittington begins at the Theatre Royal

Monday 24:
Breakfast with Santa at the outdoor ice rink

Wednesday 26:
Cinderella on Ice begins at Plymouth Pavilions

STOP PRESS: In addition to the list above on Tuesday 18th December the Coca Cola Truck will be rolling up to the Plymouth Hoe! 🙂

Plymouth Hoe – Coca Cola truck to appear on Tuesday 18th December 2012

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It’s coming back! You know when Christmas is coming when the ‘holidays are coming…’ music starts to ring in your ears as the Coca Cola truck’s wheels start to turn :).

The Coca Cola truck will be stopping on the Plymouth Hoe on Tuesday 18th December 2012 between 1pm-9pm.

Building on the success of previous years, the Coca­‐Cola Christmas Truck Tour is back, surprising millions of consumers across the country with an opportunity to have their picture taken with the famous truck. Bringing to life the iconic star of the ads, the truck will make more than 60 stops nationwide tour across towns, cities and supermarkets in Great Britain and Ireland. (including Plymouth :)).

A dedicated hub will also be set up on, highlighting where the truck will be as well as offering the opportunity to get involved through rewards schemes and competitions.

This year will also see Coca‐Cola recognise local heroes, appointed following nominations from their local communities. The brand will then be spreading further festive cheer with the iconic truck delivering the ultimate Christmas experience to all four winners homes, when the truck visits their local area.

In true Coca‐Cola Christmas tradition, the famous Sundblom designed Santa will be adding a festive presence to packaging across both Coca‐Cola and Diet Coke 2L bottles, 330ml cans and multipacks. The world famous Piccadilly Sign will also spread further Christmas magic, playing the ‘Holidays are Coming’ TVC to shoppers, couples and friends as they pass through the area.

Zoe Howorth, Marketing Director for Coca‐Cola Great Britain explains: 
”Coca­‐Cola has a rich history of spreading Christmas joy through our marketing campaigns, with our ‘Holidays are Coming’ ad and truck which are loved across the world. We’re excited to be joining together with consumers in the countdown to Christmas and sprinkling some Coca‐Cola Christmas magic, harnessing both the brand’s heritage and core media platforms to spread some festive cheer.”

The Coca‐Cola brand has become synonymous with Christmas since launching in 1931, when Haddon Sundblom created the world­‐renowned image of ‘Coca-­Cola Santa’. This captivating festive holiday icon still resonates with consumers and helps propel consumers into a celebratory mood.

Hoidays are coming…