Adelaide, the heart of South Australia, has so much happening through the festive season. From lights, to decorations, markets and more, there’s something for everyone. The season of magic and joy in celebrating Christmas in Adelaide has always been synonymous with community celebrations. There’s plenty of opportunity to get together and celebrate.
We have put together a list of some of the best family friendly Christmas events in Adelaide.
- Rundle Mall’s Christmas Window Display 2021
- National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant 2021
- Giant Christmas Tree 2021
- Santa’s Wonderland 2021
- Santa’s Candy Land 2021
- The Lights of Lobethal Festival 2021
- Christmas Carols
- Christmas markets in Adelaide
- Photos with Santa
- Christmas lights bus tour 2021
- Christmas Eve box ideas
- Christmas charity options in Adelaide
- Christmas in Adelaide
Rundle Mall’s Christmas Window Display 2021
Explore the joy of the iconic Rundle Mall Christmas Windows as they form a festive path of wonderment down the length of Rundle Mall, featuring both classic and modern takes on what Christmas means to South Australians.
Flanked by a forest of Christmas trees and fairy lights, each window tells an enchanting Christmas story, including the traditional North Pole window which shows Santa Claus setting off into the starry night with his reindeer to deliver Christmas joy to those far and wide. Another classic window beloved throughout the years is the Music window, showcasing the magic of Christmas carols in a golden burst of instruments and music notes.
In 2021, the newest additions to the windows pay homage to the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant float favourites Nipper and Nimble, with a nod to the colour and joy of a summer Christmas in the city with a window featuring the artwork of local artist The Walking Creative, and an explosion of florals in the Christmas in Bloom window.
Where: Rundle Mall
When: 13 November – 29 December, 2021
National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant 2021
Since 1933, the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant has been the traditional start to the Christmas season in South Australia. Thousands of people, young and old, line the city streets to welcome Father Christmas to Adelaide. Traditionally, the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant is held on the morning of the second Saturday in November where floats, colourful clowns, bands, dancers and other magical characters make their way around the City of Adelaide. The National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant will remain a FREE event and tickets will be available via a random ballot system.
Where: Adelaide Oval & Channel 9
When: Saturday 13 November 7 – 9pm
Giant Christmas Tree 2021
The much loved Christmas tree (in our featured image above) in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga will be lit up again in 2021. The tree will be accompanied by a program of pre-recorded Christmas music, recorded in Adelaide as part of Voices of Christmas, which will air Sunday through Thursday nights when the tree is lit up. There will also be live music at the Christmas tree in the seven weeks leading up to Christmas between 7.30 and 9 pm on select Friday and Saturday nights and on Christmas Eve, and the nativity scene will return under the tree.
Where: Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, King William Rd, Adelaide
When: November – December 2021 nightly from 8.30pm
Santa’s Wonderland 2021
Santa’s Wonderland comes alive at the Adelaide Showground with an extravagant range of amazing Amusement rides, spectacular Christmas stage shows, magnificent Ice-skating rink and Tobogganing slides and the Christmas Activity trail. Get those pointy Christmas shoes tapping with merry excitement! Laugh, sing, dance and selfie your way through this truly magical walk through wonderland with your family and friends by securing your spot now!
Where: Adelaide Showground
When: 3rd – 24 December, 2021
Santa’s Candy Land 2021
Gather your colleagues, social club or friends for Adelaide’s most exciting holiday celebration – Santa’s Candy Land at the fabulous Adelaide Convention Centre.
Join them on either Friday, 10 December or Saturday, 11 December for an unforgettable night of laughs, fun and festivities, featuring a scrumptious all-inclusive three-course dinner and quality beverage package.
No more boring staff Christmas functions – wrap up 2021 at Adelaide’s most loved venue. With spectacular entertainment by Tim Campbell, along with Adelaide’s party band, The Cast and premier dance crew, Impact Entertainment, Santa’s Candy Land is going to be Adelaide’s sweetest Christmas party!
The Lights of Lobethal Festival 2021
This Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills (South Australia) for over sixty years… created by the community of Lobethal. In the true spirit of Christmas, a tradition that has continued for over 60 years began and has now evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere. We know you will love this one.
When: 12 – 23 December, 2021
Adelaide loves a good Christmas carols event. Our suburbs are filled with these local Adelaide Christmas carol events that showcase the best of the local carolers. These events support the local community groups and are well worth a visit. The city centre also has many annual carols events. Our favourite Christmas carol events across Adelaide include:
Christmas at Carrick Hill – Postponed until 2022
*** POSTPONED UNTIL 2022 *** – Enjoy a summer’s evening on the terrace hosted by “Mr Bill”, a fictional character based on Sir Edward Hayward by Heaps Good Productions. Sing along to Christmas Carols performed by Cantamus Choir, be captivated by Gravity Dance and keep an eye out for a special visitor. Picnic boxes are provided by Tabel Catering and are available to pre-order with your tickets. Gelato, hot and cold beverages will be available for purchase on the evening.
Where: Carrick Hill
When: POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
Carols by Candleight 2021
This year, the Carols by Candlelight will be able to be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s a grazing board, or some reindeer ears, you are encouraged you to get into the spirit, tune in and support Novita as they broadcast SA’s longest running carols directly into your living room once again, on 7two and 7plus.
Where: Channel 7two and 7plus
When: Sunday 12th December
Nativity – Organ & Chorus Concert 2021
One of the greatest figures in our musical life, composer and conductor Richard Mills brings a long-cherished dream to fruition this Christmas with Nativity, a major new work in which he offers a rich, moving celebration of sacredness, particularly the sacredness of childhood across the world. Bringing the ASO together with vocal soloists and some of Adelaide’s finest choirs, Nativity features texts assembled from the Christmas liturgy, Israeli and Palestinian poets and Australian First Nations’ voices, while Mills weaves traditional Christmas carols in and around his musical tapestry.
Where: Adelaide Town Hall
When: 9th & 10th December, 2021
Paradise Carols 2021
The 90-minute shows will be filled with live music and accompanied by a variety of family entertainment including outdoor fun, face painting and guest appearance by Santa. Food trucks will also be available in case you feel peckish. With plenty of free onsite parking, Paradise Carols is an event not to be missed, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible. Tickets are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Where: Influences Church
When: 19th December, 2021
Christmas markets in Adelaide
Take the stress out of Christmas with friends and family and enjoy a relaxing stroll through a menagerie of unique gifts, taste the delectable Yuletide treats. You will find the most unique gifts for even the fussiest of relatives and friends. This year more than ever, it is so important to support local! We have put together a huge list of the best Christmas markets in Adelaide. In the meantime here are a few of our favourites:
Bowerbird Design Market 2021
Fittingly named after the Aussie bird that is attracted to all things pretty and shiny, this market is full of darling handmade products for those in your life who love beautifully crafted products. Meet the makers and select unique gifts to put under those trees.
Where: Adelaide Showground
Date: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November
Time: Friday 4 – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm
Ebenezer Night Market 2021
This December 2021 there will be two separate Christmas markets conducted at Victoria Square, Adelaide and 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide.
With the aid of outdoor lighting, casual dining areas and smooth tunes, the Ebenezer Night Markets illuminate the natural beauty of the street and provide an opportunity for some of Adelaide’s most creative artisans and foodies to create an outdoor shopping experience to remember.
Featuring fashion, jewellery, delicious food, beverages from the Market Bar and all sorts of unique artistic creations! Listen to the live DJ play some groovy tunes whilst enjoying the amazing East End atmosphere.
Where: Victoria Square / 88 O’Connell Street
Date: Friday 10 December 2021/ Sunday 19 December 2021.
Time: Victoria Square: 3.30pm and will close at 9.30pm. 88 O’Connell Street: 1pm and will close at 9pm
You can find more details about Ebenezer Night Markets here.
Photos with Santa
The tradition of getting a photo with Santa is a great way to capture how much the kids have grown each year! It is also a reminder of the year that was. This year the photos will be socially distanced from Santa but it won’t stop you from getting the perfect image with the man in the red suit.
Meeting Santa for most kids is exciting but if your child has a sensory process disorder like autism, it can be a challenging experience. Some shopping centres are now offering ‘Sensory Santa’. They create a calm and sensory-friendly photo session with dim lights and no music or loud noises.
Christmas lights bus tour 2021
The charming town of Loxton shines in December. With thousands of dazzling lights, colourful ornaments and sparkling displays creating a magic Christmas spectacle, this is the ideal place to delight in the festive atmosphere! An enormous Christmas tree shines brightly at the centre of town and the local community adorn their homes with colourful fairy lights and Christmas scenes as they embrace the spirit of the Loxton Lights Festival. During this two day break, they also take time to enjoy other highlights of the region. You can join the festivities of this welcoming Riverland community. 2 day bus tour.
Christmas Eve box ideas
We love the fairly new tradition of giving kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th of December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!) You can find all the details including pricing and where to buy their contents here.
Christmas charity options in Adelaide
Becoming involved in Christmas charity work isn’t just the moral thing to do – it’s a way to teach our own children the values of empathy, respect and kindness. For a Christmas family activity with a difference think about donating to some of these great Christmas charity initiatives or volunteering your time here.
Christmas in Adelaide
Celebrate the festive season in Adelaide and enjoy Christmas carols, meet Santa, shop at pop up markets and enjoy a Christmas lunch at the city’s great restaurants. If you are planning a Christmas party in Adelaide and need a venue, we’ve got you covered for that too! And if you are looking for a real Christmas tree in Adelaide, we know that too!
You’ll feel the Christmas spirit around Adelaide for the whole month of December with lights, decorations and Christmas trees decorating the city. Get out there and enjoy!
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