Candlelit Dartmouth

48 Clarence Hill, Dartmouth, Devon

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2019 (29 Nov 2019 - 30 Nov 2019)
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2020 (27 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020)
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Candlelit Dartmouth returns once more to launch the festive season. On Friday 30 November 2018 at 4pm the Christmas Market centred in the town’s Royal Avenue Gardens offers a wide array of fabulous Christmas gift ideas. Musicians and entertainers will add to the seasonal atmosphere both in the Gardens and around town.

A choir and musicians from the BRNC Volunteer Band will lead carol singing around the Christmas tree. Hordes of excited families crowd round the Boatfloat eagerly waiting to see Father Christmas arrive by boat bringing his sack of goodies for the children. Festivities continue until 8pm with music and street entertainment.

On Saturday 1 December the market, music and entertainment all resume at 10am. The fabulous Crafter’s Market runs from 10am till 4pm in the Old Market offering a large eclectic choice of beautiful handcrafted gifts and provide a great source of inspiration for all your Christmas gifts. Santa will be in his Grotto in the Flavel Hall which will also host seasonal workshops for both adults and children. Workshops can be booked in advance via the Flavel or pay on the day. For animal lovers, there will be the popular “best dressed Christmas dog” competition at the Bandstand.

Many shops will be open late during the weekend and with so many independent retailers in town it’s an ideal opportunity to purchase those special Christmas gifts. The weekend finale begins at 5.30pm on Saturday when the traditional lantern procession leaves the Old Market. Hundreds of willow and tissue lanterns made by local school children and adults in specially organised workshops create an amazing spectacle as they are paraded through the town’s historic streets.

Around 6.00pm the lantern procession will arrive in Royal Avenue Gardens. For this final hour of Candlelit Dartmouth there’ll be a real party atmosphere and you can be sure of some great live music for one last Candlelit boogie.

There will be a free Park and Ride minibus shuttle service from the top of town on Saturday from 10am to 8pm (donations always gratefully received). Programme and timings are subject to change. Visit the event website for the latest news and information: www.candlelitdartmouth.co.uk or follow us on twitter #candlelitdartmouth or find us on Facebook.

Friday 30th November 2018 (from 4pm): Christmas market, entertainers and musicians, carol singing with the BRNC Volunteer Band and the Britannia Choral Society, official switch-on of the town’s Christmas lights, Santa arrives by boat, Christmas shopping.

Saturday 1st December 2018 (from 10am): Christmas markets, entertainers and musicians, “Candlelit Kids” (seasonal craft workshops for kids and Santa’s grotto) in the Flavel , lantern procession, Christmas shopping.

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