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T’was the month before Christmas and all through the town,
Arundel was bustling with fun and joy all around

Arundel – THE place to enjoy the Christmas spirit

Just as described in the wonderful poem, The Night Before Christmas, when the nights draw in and our thoughts turn to Christmas – Arundel is a special place to be. 

If you want to wrap yourselves up in the magic of Christmas shopping, Christmas food and Christmas celebrations – Arundel is THE place to be. 

Since 2002, Arundel has been the go-to town in Sussex for festive fun. Against the backdrop of soft white lights in the wall-mounted real spruce Christmas trees, which adorn shops, restaurants, businesses, and houses throughout the town, you can soak up the spirit of Christmas as you shop, drink, eat and enjoy festive activities.

You can find out about all the exciting events to be enjoyed in Arundel throughout December here: and on the Arundel at Christmas Facebook page:

Is Arundel by Candlelight happening this year?

The one day ‘Arundel by Candlelight’ event we enjoyed in previous years has been recreated as a new programme of events being held throughout December. Find out more here:

When does Arundel at Christmas take place?

You can enjoy Arundel at Christmas events throughout December. The fun starts with the Christmas tree lighting and carols on Friday 3rd December. On Saturday 4th and 18th December, you can buy unique, local, seasonal, foodie, artisan, and craft gifts at the Christmas Market and Farmers Market on Tarrant Street and the High Street.

At Festive Sundays on 5th, 12th, and 19th December you can watch and listen to entertainers, local choirs, and brass bands 

What can I see and do during Arundel at Christmas?

Do you want to shop for the perfect Christmas gift from independent boutiques, antique shops and artisan food and drink specialists? Are you looking to stock up on festive foodie treats for Christmas meals? Are you looking for somewhere special for a night out to celebrate with work colleagues, friends, or family?

Historic Arundel has it all at Christmas! A fairytale Castle, the famous Arundel Cathedral, real Christmas trees decorated with warm white lights adorning shops, businesses and houses – and a giant traditional Christmas tree shining brightly in the Town Square. Arundel at Christmas is the perfect festive destination. 

Don’t miss our Christmas Market and Farmers Market (Christmas Farmer’s Market). Join us for Festive Sundays, with street entertainment, and seasonal menus at our restaurants and cafes, Christmas performances by local artists, festive swims at the Arundel Lido , and of course the opportunity to visit Santa’s grotto at Arundel Museum. 

You won’t be the only visitors to Arundel at Christmas – many birds overwinter with their resident feathered friends at the Arundel Wetland Centre.  You can also enjoy a wintery walk through the beautiful local countryside surrounding Arundel – perfect for walking off festive food!

This year, Arundel will once again shine brightly throughout December. We would love to welcome you all – residents and visitors – to our independent shops and galleries. Visit our restaurants, pubs and cafes with seasonal menus and we can guarantee you will eat, drink, shop and be merry! 

lit christmas trees attached to shops

Who organises Arundel at Christmas?

‘Arundel at Christmas’ is organised by the Arundel Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Arundel with support from local businesses, attractions, organisations and community groups.

For a complete list of the Arundel at Christmas events please visit:  and also keep an eye on the Arundel at Christmas Facebook page for the latest information:

Christmas is coming to Arundel – so visit Arundel at Christmas!

By Barb Hogan, Visit Arundel

Photos: Charlie Waring and Nigel Cull