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Christmas in Adelaide



Last but definitely not least! Heading back to the southern centre of Adelaide in the heart of South Australia! So much happens around the festive season and not to mention how much the South Australian region has to offer! From magnificent palm-lined vineyards in the Barossa to the gorgeous beaches on the York peninsula to the quaint limestone towns in the country! You could easily spend a month here and still feel the need to move or come back!


So what does Adelaide have to offer over the Christmas season? Let's take a look. 

  1. Local Lights – Again and always be number one as it's free, fun and caters for all ages! Jump in the car or explore by foot the many spectacular houses that go above and beyond to bring the city something great! Check out for an extensive guide to what streets you need to visit!
  2. Carols by Candlelight – The suburbs and city are filled with many Carols that showcase some of the amazing talents that the city has! The annual Christmas Carols for the past years have been spent virtually but this year fingers crossed you will be able to go in person and enjoy the live event! Christmas at Carrick Hill – Enjoy a summer's evening on the terrace and sing along to the well-known tunes. Including Choirs, dancing and special guests this will be a family fun event for all ages! Nativity – Organ and Chorus Concert – Featuring the finest Choirs and music the nativity features a vast history in the song of the amazing event. Paradise Carols – The 90-minute show located at Influences Church is a family-friendly event not to be missed with face painting, guest appearances and Santa! 
  3. Markets across Adelaide – Adelaide has some truly spectacular markets with exquisite gifts and local foods you will be entertained with live music and fun! Bowerbird Design Market – Handcrafted products of makers you will not be disappointed located at the Adelaide Show Ground. Ebenezer Night Market – Located at Victoria Square and 88 O’Connell Street North Adelaide the two locations make it fun and exciting! With outdoor lighting and casual dining, this is the perfect market to stroll around and enjoy the atmosphere. 
  4. Photos with Santa – Make sure you jump online to check where the closest place is to you, with some places doing ‘Sensory Santa’ this really caters for everyone big and small!
  5. Christmas Lights Bus Tour – The charming town of Loxton shines in December with thousands of dazzling lights and lots of fun for the whole family. This is perfect for a festive atmosphere, and it hosts a huge Christmas tree in the centre of town let alone the local suburbs. 
  6. Santa’s Aussie Christmas – Held at the Adelaide Convention Centre this is an adult event for a well-deserved end-of-year celebration. Here you can enjoy festive cheer, banter and an all-inclusive three-course dinner and drinks package if you feel like treating yourself! Live entertainment sets a high-energy true-blue Aussie Christmas Party. 
  7. Rundle Mall Christmas Windows – Now I think Christmas windows never disappoint, there is so much work that is involved in setting these up that you just truly need to take your time and marvel at the creations. Enjoy the iconic Rundle Mall and wander along the festive path! Admire both classic and modern takes on what Christmas means to South Australians. 
  8. National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant – Ready to return to the streets of South Terrace this Pageant is truly one to see! Santa makes an appearance and the tradition from 1933 lives on. Thousands of people, young and old, line the city each year to watch the floats, clowns, bands and many other magical characters make their way around the CBD. Traditionally held on the morning of the second Saturday in November this is one for the list!
  9. Giant Christmas Tree – Located in Victoria Square the amazing tree will light up once again. There will be live music and entertainment and will run for a huge 7 weeks leading up to Christmas with something extra special happening on Christmas eve.
  10. Santa’s Wonderland – This venue comes alive every Christmas to provide an extravagant display at the Adelaide Showground. With amusement rides, stage shows, a huge ice-skating rink and tobogganing slides — the Christmas activity trail is quite spectacular. Laugh, sing and dance your way into the winter wonderland and bring the whole family to enjoy a little extra fun this Christmas. 
  11. Lights of Lobethal Festival – Lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over 60 years this is where you will find the true spirit of Christmas. A tradition that began has evolved in bringing the largest community of light displays in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  12. Forkmas – An amazing event held at Victoria Square of exquisite premier food trucks will truly transform the space. Find your favourite food trucks here with pop-up bars and live music and festivities to bring in the season!


So enjoy the South Australian lifestyle and embrace the community over the Christmas season! Keep us posted with what you find along your travels!


Enjoy the list and keep us posted on socials so we can live the season with you!!

So you now have your list of all the must-do’s around the capital cities of Australia, there are so many fun things to experience whether you want to spend money or sightsee for free they are all there and waiting for you to enjoy them. Keep us posted on social media so we can be there with you and enjoy the lead-up to Christmas. 


Whether you decide to stay south and enjoy a family Christmas or escape the family and head far north to Darwin where the weather is different, and the sights are oh so exciting! Head west to see the sights of Perth and discover the incredible beaches and across to Adelaide where the vibe is strong and the culture is vast!


 Down to Hobart brings the cooler weather but nothing short of atmosphere and special events. Where the markets are 'life' and the scenery is spectacular. Melbourne and Sydney both go above and beyond to give the best displays this country has seen but Canberra brings a different perspective with the war and political backgrounds creating such a new light on this season. 


Brisbane gives us so many options with the endless beaches and tanned skin making us fall in love with the city and streets as the lights shine bright and the temperature beams forward. But Darwin, oh Darwin gives us the tropics and the epic storms that create magnificent skies and beautiful outback colours of the land, not to mention the heritage and history that comes from the cyclones and war. 


So embrace our nation and keep tourism in our country because honestly, our big beautiful continent has so much love and festive cheer to bring. 


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