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Arundel By Candlelight

7th December 2018    4pm - 9pm

8th December 2018    12 noon - 9pm



With its quintessentially fairy-tale castle overlooking a wealth of chocolate-box cottages and a dazzling array of independent shops, it is no surprise that Arundel by Candlelight is one of the most popular events in the annual calendar. Representing the true spirit of Christmas, it showcases the best in community activity and shopping, bringing everyone together for a truly family affair.


Don’t forget to take part in our special Christmas Stocking Trail and the winning entrant receives £460 of shopping vouchers, eligible at participating Arundel retailers. Simply go to the venues that are listed on our main leaflet and spot the picture clue in the venue. Entry is free and can be handed in at Sparks Yard in Tarrant Street. All entries must be received by 6pm on Sunday 9 December. Don’t forget to fill in your contact details before you hand it in.

Click here to go to the Arundel By Candlelight website
For traffic advice and parking information click here

Friday 7 December 4-9pm

Children’s parade, carol service and tree lighting ceremony conducted by Her Grace, the Duchess Of Norfolk, shops and stalls

Saturday 8 December 12 noon – 9pm

Funfair, ice rink, shops and stalls and a live music programme through the day



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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Twitter: @arundelcandle
Facebook: Arundel By Candlelight

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 Visit Arundel