There is something for everyone celebrating Christmas in Perth. Perth offers a range of events and activities for the festive season including community festivals and pageants, Christmas lighs and decorations and Christmas carols and concerts. Christmas parades, Santa photos and where to find Santa’s grotto are just a few of the Christmas events in Perth that we have found for you and your family to get you in the festive mood!
This article will give you the updated details of all the Christmas events in Perth so you can fill up your December diary!
And if you are looking for where to eat Christmas lunch, this Christmas Day dining article will help you out! And you will find a gorgeous Christmas Day dress to wear out to your meal on our website too.
How about getting into the Christmas spirit with festive performances in Forrest Place, showcasing a new show every week and featuring bands, musicians, choirs, dancers, jazz and more. Santa Claus may even pay a visit. Online bookings (free) are essential; tickets will be scanned upon entry. Bookings open Monday 9 November. Stick around the city after the concert to grab a bite to eat and explore the City’s iconic Christmas Lights Trail.
Where: Forrest Place
When: Every Sunday 22nd November – 20th December 4 – 6pm
Santa’s Christmas Carnival
Santa’s Christmas Carnival is Western Australia’s biggest, and we think, most fun Christmas celebration filled with loads of exciting rides, activities, and entertainment for ALL ages! All eyes to the sky, Santa’s arrival into the main arena at 11am will be a spectacular one! Entry includes unlimited access to thrill rides, kids rides, live entertainment and stage shows, extreme motocross stunt shows, face painting, animal farms, roving entertainers, Perth biggest splash-tacular water playground, dinosaur park and so much more.
Where: Claremont Showground
When: Sunday 6th December 10am
Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant
This has to be one of our favourite Christmas events in Perth. The brightest event of the year, the 2020 Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant on Saturday 12 December from 7:30pm will be on the banks of the Swan River at Langley Park this year. The evening will be full of Christmas festivities for the whole family to enjoy – including delicious food trucks and an all new Family Fun Zone.
7NEWS presenters, including Susannah Carr and Rick Ardon, will be there as well as the much-loved Fat Cat, the Sunrise Cash Cow and of course, Santa! As always, the event is free for all attendees, however due to COVID-19 regulations, you will need to register for your free official tickets. Please pay careful attention to which zone you are buying and what gate you will need to enter from.
Where: Langley Park
When: Saturday 12th December 7:30pm
The City of Perth has delivered a Christmas miracle, with a Christmas Nativity event set to occur on Sunday 13 December in Forrest Place. From 7.30pm, the Western Australian community will be invited to share in the story of Christmas, brought to life on stage by festive performers and much-loved Christmas carols. This year the plans were on tenterhooks but we are happy to report that they have pulled it together just in time! The City of Perth will release approximately 500 free tickets to this smaller-scale Christmas Nativity event.
Where: Forrest Place
When: Sunday 13th December 7:30pm
A Christmas without a movie binge isn’t really Christmas at all, so get down to Northbridge Piazza for Festive Flicks. Be sure to arrive nice and early to grab the popcorn, a bean bag and kick back with all the classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Grinch and Elf. They’re showing every Saturday until 21 December, kicking off at 5:30pm. The best thing of all is that these flicks are FREE!
Where: Northbridge Piazza
When: See website for session dates and times.
Yagan Square Wonderland
Yagan Square Wonderland is fun for the whole family with free White Christmas Snow Falls every half an hour, awesome interactive activities including DIY Bauble Creations, Gingerbread Decorating, Personalised Letters to Santa and a special discovery Christmas Maze. There are also all the carnival rides you love as well as Sideshow Alley. Entry is free and you can pre-purchase tokens for rides and games.
Where: Yagan Square
When: Thursday 17th December 2020 to Sunday 3rd January 2021
Christmas carolling is a holiday tradition and no matter what you believe or celebrate, nothing is more festive than breaking out in song along with your family and friends! Whether taking place at one of the prettiest churches in the city or on the street or in a park, carolling brings out the best in everyone.
Carols by Candlelight Perth
It’s just not Christmas without Carols by Candlelight! Experience the magic of Christmas with beautiful choral Christmas music sung by Perth Symphonic Chorus, community carols accompanied by a spectacular brass quintet, and children reading heart-warming Australian Christmas stories and poems. As a special treat, the chamber choir will be singing Britten’s exquisite Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by talented harpist Eliza Bourgault. There will be drinks and Christmas nibbles during the interval.
Where: Redemptorist Monastery
When: Friday 4th December 7:30pm
Perth’s spectacular free end of year concert is back in 2020! They are bringing the Christmas spirit to Langley Park once again. The magical evening of Christmas classics and classical favourites will feature more than 100 performers on stage including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, special guests and a visit from the one and only, Santa! This event gives us those Christmas goosebumps that gets us in the spirit of the season.
Where: Langley Park
When: Friday 11th December
North Beach Community Carols
After a really tough year, celebrate something good this Christmas! North Beach Community Carols is on 20 Dec 2020 and is a great all ages family event. Enjoy the free family fun fair and activities, digging into delicious food and then singing carols together. Take a picnic blanket, some chairs & something to keep snug in for later and a enjoy a fantastic evening with North Beach Baptist Church!
Where: North Beach Baptist Church
When: Sunday 20th December 5pm
From arts and design markets to food fares, these Christmas markets have all the festive goods. Sort out a little something for the whole family in one trip and drag a friend along to drop some not-so-subtle Kris Kringle hints. We have a few of the best here for you and a detailed list of all of the Christmas Markets Perth has to offer here.
Perth Makers Market Christmas Edition
Where: Yagan Square
Support local this Christmas at Perth Makers Market. They have over 80 stallholders with a dizzying array of wares that have been lovingly crafted right here in WA. With products ranging from art, homewares, jewellery, gourmet food, candles and more you’re sure to find the perfectly unique gift you’re looking for. Plus FREE face painting, FREE glitter tattoos and a visit from SANTA!!!
When: Saturday 5th December 10am – 4pm
Perth Hills Artisan Market
This is the biggest indoor artisan market around where you will be able to find gorgeous WA handmade goods. You will find gifts from crafters to the makers, the jam masters, sweet treat makers, the artists and the creatives. You will be entertained by local buskers and indulge in delicious food. Look out for the elves on kangaroos, the Santa sleigh missing Santa, the special map that you can download or pick up on the day and so much more all under one roof. Enjoy a fabulous day amongst the hills of Perth.
Where: Mundaring Arena
When: Sunday 20th December 11:30am
Young Makers Christmas Market
How does a kid’s market run by kids sound? We love this concept! If you head to North Perth Common you can enjoy a morning of shopping, activities, and entertainment. All stalls are run by kids and young people and you can expect to find – Christmas cards, ornaments and gifts, yummy baked treats, brekky rolls, a sausage sizzle, beautiful art, crafts and artisan items, second-hand toys and goods. Please note most stalls will be cash only.
Where: North Perth Common
When: Sunday 6th December 8:30 – 11:30am
Perth City Farm Festive Twilight Markets
The Perth City Farm Festive Twilight Markets are on this December for four exciting nights. There will be something for everyone, from finding the perfect gift from one of the local sustainable market stalls, enjoying delicious food from one of the food trucks, participating in one of the workshops and learn a new skill, or sitting back with a drink and listening to live music and carols.
Where: Perth City Farm
When: 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th December 4:00-8:00pm
Photos with Santa
One important part of Christmas time is getting your annual photo with Santa! There are plenty of opportunities in Perth to get photos taken at shopping centres, markets, events and you can even get you pets in on the action at some pet stores.
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 tours
In Perth we like to do things a little bit different! Instead of a bus tour to see the Christmas lights, you can take a rickshaw chariot instead.
Jump onboard your personal rickshaw chariot and see your kids’ faces light up as they get the wind their face while they listen to fun Christmas carols, and see all the best Christmas Light installations without wearing their little legs out. You will be having as much fun as the kids as you interact with the light installations, stopping the see the projections and stopping wherever you want to take photos.
All the riders are well-trained, assessed on their character, and place the safety and happiness of you and your family as the utmost importance. Peddles will ride mostly on the footpath and malls for extra safety precautions.
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 Perth
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 Perth
There are many ways to enjoy the Christmas spirit in Perth, including Christmas lights and Christmas decorations in public areas, and large public Christmas trees that are filled with Christmas tree ornaments and Led Christmas lights, carols markets and concerts. There really is something for everyone.