Candlelit Dartmouth 2017

By Ross Purdy on September 4, 2017

On crisp autumn and winter evenings, a moonlit walk along Dartmouth’s picturesque Embankment is a romantic delight.

Candlelit Dartmouth

The lights of Kingswear look magnificent after sunset, and when you’ve finished your stroll you can warm up in one of Dartmouth’s best traditional pubs with a roaring open fire, like the Royal Castle or the Cherub Inn.


This historic harbour town and popular holiday destination will create an even more evocative atmosphere on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November 2017, when Dartmouth will mark the beginning of the countdown to Christmas in its customary style.

Friday at a glance

From 4pm

  • Christmas markets
  • Live music
  • Carol singing
  • Switching on the lights
  • Santa’s arrival
  • Late-night shopping

Saturday at a glance

From 10 am

  • Christmas markets
  • Live music
  • Kids’ seasonal workshops
  • Santa’s grotto in the Flavel
  • Lantern procession
  • Christmas shopping

Candelit Dartmouth is an annual community event, which was conceived 11 years ago by the Dartmouth Chamber of Trade. Friday will see the ceremonial switching on of the Christmas lights and the arrival of Santa, who in a special Dartmouth tradition always arrives by boat at the Quay.

On Saturday, the Candlelit Lantern procession, which includes lanterns made by local children and families, will make its way through Dartmouth, creating a beautiful festive spectacle. It starts in Old Market Square, where lantern bearers and other participants gather from 5 pm, and then it snakes its way around the town on its way to Royal Avenue Gardens, which is the centre of many of the activities during the two-day event.

Many local shops around the town will open for late night shopping during Candlelit Dartmouth, so make sure to check out George Street and Foss Street in particular, where you’ll find some delightful independent shops. On both days, there will be plenty of Christmas-themed stalls, mainly in Old Market Square and Royal Avenue Gardens, selling gifts and serving delicious food and drink, including mulled wine to warm your cockles.

Various musical acts will perform on the bandstand in Royal Avenue Gardens on both evenings, and there will also be communal carol singing by the Christmas tree.

Details are still being finalised, and are announced on the official Candlelit Dartmouth website when they become available.

Nighttime views of KIngswear from DartmouthWhy not kick of your Christmas a little early this year, and book a getaway in Dartmouth this November? Take a look at our extensive range of Dartmouth properties here, from cosy boltholes to spacious townhouses and everything in between.

Candlelit Dartmouth is a free event, although donations are always welcome to help the volunteer organisers recoup some of the costs.

If you’re looking for a peaceful winter retreat, how about an autumn/winter break in Hillfield Village, a stunning development in the tranquil South Devon countryside, less than four miles from historic Dartmouth? See all Hillfield Village holiday homes here.