St Petrocs homeless shelter in Exeter is celebrating its 20th birthday this week.
Staff are expecting a 50% rise in people staying over Christmas.
Local businesses and volunteers have been donating turkeys and clothes to help with the rise in numbers.
Carol singing is one of the great Christmas traditions and children from Ide Primary School, near Exeter, have been rehearsing hard.
Here they are with one of the more modern works, "On a starry night".
It was composed by Joy Webb and was originally performed by the 1960s Salvation Army band, The Joystrings.
The South West will spend the least on Christmas of anywhere in the UK, according to new research. But the average person will still splash out £451 this year.
Amidst all this consumerism, though, the Church is reminding people not to forget why they're celebrating. Our Business Correspondent Seth Conway reports.
The Christmas holiday getaway suffered a terrible start today as the A38 in Devon was shut northbound for several hours after a tanker crashed off the road and down an embankment.
The closure led to some people missing their flights from Exeter Airport where 20,000 people are jetting out of the region for the festivities.
Seth Conway reports:
A road closure in Devon led to several Christmas holiday makers missing their flights from Exeter Airport.
The A38 in Devon was closed for several hours this morning after a fuel tanker crashed off the road and down the embankment.
The Exeter bound carriageway was closed at around 7:30am between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton while emergency services dealt with the accident, causing long delays for travellers.
Exeter's partygoers will benefit from temporary urinals in the city centre this weekend.
As the festive season gets underway people are being warned that there is no excuse to urinate on the street following a night out. The street urinals are being trialled on one of the busiest weekends of the year. They can be found on Bailey Street and just off Mary Arches Street.
People in Exeter have been offered an out-of-hours service if they find themselves homeless over Christmas.
Exeter City Council have released a phone number for anybody who finds themselves with no where to go over the festive period. The service is available to all - particularly those who face challenges such as a family fall-out or domestic violence.
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Exeter Chiefs have suffered their first defeat in 9 matches.
Rob Baxter's men lost 18-11 at Sale in the Premiership tonight.
The hosts scored two tries in the second half, before Thomas Waldrom crossed in the last ten minutes.
"Our thoughts are with the family of Thomas Orchard at this difficult time. The two-year long investigation that has followed has been difficult for all of those involved.
“The case was subject to an immediate referral to the IPCC by the Force and has been independently conducted by them since 2012. The Force and all officers and staff involved have fully co-operated with investigators from the IPCC and, latterly, the Health and Safety Executive throughout their investigation. [...]
"As a result of being charged a decision has been made that the officer and two members of staff have been suspended and this will be continually reviewed. We will continue to give appropriate welfare support to those officers and staff concerned.
“Devon and Cornwall Police take 25-30,000 people into custody each year and we remain committed to ensuring that they remain safe and receive a high standard of care from us.”