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Arundel By Candlelight

8th December 2018

12 noon - 7pm

The 2018 date for Arundel by Candlelight, one of the major Christmas events in the south of England, has now been confirmed for Saturday 8 December.

The historic town of Arundel in West Sussex, with its famous castle and cathedral, provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy this Christmas event. Real Christmas trees decorated with simple white lights adorn all the shops, restaurants and pubs, plus many private houses, creating an elegant and sophisticated scene. While in the town square a traditional tall Christmas tree donated by the Duke of Norfolk’s estate will shine brightly against the early evening sky.

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The Arundel by Candlelight Christmas Market rivals many of those to be found in our larger cities for the quality and range of hand-picked stall-holders, and there is always an array of seasonal treats such as roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and hog roasts. With a refreshing absence of chain stores, Arundel is also celebrated for its modern independent shops, contemporary art galleries, and great restaurants, pubs and cafes.

This year sees the return of the town’s magical lantern parade, with large paper lanterns, plus festive entertainment featuring traditional carols, Father Christmas, roaming musicians and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. New for this year will be a selection of vintage amusements and rides, reminiscent of the traditional fairgrounds of yesteryear.

So why not enjoy ‘Christmas in Arundel’ this December. This historic town is rapidly becoming the Christmas destination for the festive season! ​



Homes & Gardens, September 2014
“A rich heritage, lovely antiques shops and a lively cultural buzz make this an alluring getaway..”
Conde Nast Traveller, July 2014
“…a high street on a hill with a cathedral at the top, a castle and a river winding along the bottom and traditional black-and-white timber buildings in between…Arundel might look like a jigsaw scene but there is also a quiet thrum of dignified cool.”
Country Life, July 2013, England’s Best Views
“The tightly packed town at the foot of its castle is at first more French than English, a lofty citadel on a defensible cliff on a bend in a river. But from across the fertile flood plain of the Arun, the scene acquires the softer outlines of Sussex and the South Downs. From here, Arundel could only be England.”
The Times, 19th March 2013, The 30 coolest places to live in Britain
“…a burgeoning coffee-culture vibe with excellent restaurants and bars – and hardly any chain stores.”



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Photography courtesy of:
Brenda Nassarian
Christian Doyle



  • Arundel by Candlelight is organised by Arundel Chamber of Commerce with support from Arun District Council and Arundel & District Rotary Club.
  • The town centre (Tarrant Street and the High Street) will be closed to traffic on the day.
  • Many shops will stay open late and a more detailed programme of entertainment will be released nearer the date.

Brass band arundel by candlelight


‘Arundel under snow’ panorama photograph courtesy of Arundel Framing Workshop
Other photography courtesy of Christian Doyle and and Visit Arundel