Candlelit Dartmouth

Candlelit Dartmouth Christmas comes early to Dartmouth town

Candelit Dartmouth's Festive Weekend arrives in town with its unique mix of Christmas markets, a candlelit procession, late-night shopping and, of course, Santa's Spectacular 'Splashdown' arrival in the middle of The Boat Float.

This year, the fun starts on Friday, November 28. That's when the Christmas Market comes to life in the Royal Avenue Gardens with mulled wine, music and a host of local stalls full of Christmas gifts and festive eats, followed by the official switch-on of the town's Christmas Lights and, of course, Carols by Candlelight.

The festivities continue throughout Saturday, Nov 29 with more market stalls, music and entertainers all day, before the highlight of the traditional willow and tissue Lantern Procession, bringing a truly magical start to Christmas in a truly magical town.

STOP PRESS: Community Lantern Workshop at Dartmouth Academy Sunday 23 November between 10am - 4pm. £5 to make your own lantern. All welcome.

Candlelit Dartmouth programme
Friday 28 November
3.30pm - 8.00pm musicians in Royal Avenue Gardens
4.00pm - 8.00pm Market in Royal Avenue Gardens and The Quay
5.15pm Carol singing at the Christmas tree with the Britannia Choral Society and musicians from the BRNC Volunteer Band
5.50pm Switch-on of the Christmas tree lights in Royal Avenue Gardens
6.00pm Arrival of Santa by boat at The Boatfloat
8.00pm Markets close
Many shops will be open late this evening for Christmas shopping

Saturday 29 November

10.00am - 7.00pm Markets in Royal Avenue Gardens and The Quay
10.00am – 5.00pm Christmas Artisan market in the Old Market
10.00am – 3.30pm In the Flavel:
Seasonal craft workshops for both adults and children (pre-book at the Flavel)
Santa’s grotto and other fun for the kids
10.00am - 7.00pm Entertainers and musicians in Royal Avenue Gardens and around town
2.00pm Best dressed Christmas dog competition at the Bandstand
5.30pm The lantern procession starts from the Old Market and travels through the town
6.00pm The lantern procession arrives in Royal Avenue Gardens for the “party” finale with live music till 8.00pm
7.00pm Markets close
7.30pm Candlelit Christmas guitar concert at The Flavel – pre-booking at |The Flavel essential

Many shops will be open late this evening for Christmas shopping
Mulled wine
Mulled wine will be sold in the Avenue Gardens on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday in both the Avenue Gardens and Market Square to raise funds to support the Candlelit Dartmouth Festival.
The organisers would like to thank the Royal Castle Hotel for their wonderful kindness in donating the mulled wine for the event.

Programme subject to change.
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