What’s On for Christmas Events in Perth 2023

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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.

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Christmas Nativity Concerts 2023

Brought back by popular demand, the Christmas Nativity is returning to Forrest Place and will retell the much-loved traditional story of Christmas. Brought to life on stage with a stunning backdrop of color and visual effects, this performance is led by festive performers, young talent, community choirs and professional acts. It’s a show for everyone and a chance to sing-along to your favourite Christmas carols. Stick around for a bite to eat and explore the City’s iconic Christmas Lights Trail.

Where: Forrest Place

When: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 December

You can find the details on all of the Christmas Concerts here.

Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant 2023

This has to be one of our favourite Christmas events in Perth. The brightest event of the year, the Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant on Saturday 2 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. As always, the event is free for all attendees.

Where: Langley Park

When: Saturday 2 December 7:30pm

You can find the details of the Allinta Energy Christmas Pageant here.

Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair 2023

Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair is back for an unforgettable festive experience in the City of Perth these summer holidays. Join the excitement and create long lasting memories at Perth’s ultimate family day out surrounding the picturesque Elizabeth Quay.

There’s something for everyone at Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair with nine rides taking centre stage. Ride the state of the art Dodgem Drift 2 bumper cars and the show stopping Dream Swinger. The whole family will love the sideshow games including the skill testing Rabbit Shooting Gallery, the must-try Laughing Clowns or fan favourite Fishing Pool.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of year with snow tipped Christmas Trees, Showbags, Santa Claus Live, Roving Entertainers and Falling Snow! Get creative at Santa’s Creation Station and don’t miss the incredible FIREWORKS display!

Soak up the festive energy and enjoy the beauty of Perth in its premiere family precinct. Entry to the Fun Fair is free but you need to pay for rides etc.

Where: Elizabeth Quay

When: Friday 1 December – Saturday 6 January (Closed Christmas Day & New Years Day)

There are more details on Elizabeth Quay Fun Fair here.

Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant 2023

Christmas has come early at the City of Onkaparinga with the return of the pageant. Mark it on your calendars as this is one event not to be missed! Beach Road, Christies Beach will once again play host to the pageant followed by Christmas in the Park in Rotary Park on the corner of the Esplanade and Beach Road.

The pageant will start on the corner of Hunt Crescent and Beach Road, Christies Beach. So set yourself up along Beach Road, before 10am to watch the procession of marching bands, dance groups, sporting clubs, community groups and businesses before Santa makes his appearance. Santa will be waving to the crowd as he travels towards Rotary Park where the excitement continues with Christmas in the Park.

Where: Beach Road, Christie’s Beach

When: Sunday 19 November

Find more information on Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant here.

Christmas Lights Trail 2023

Everyone’s favourite Christmas tradition is back! The massive light spectacle returns for 46 nights, beginning on Friday 18 November to ensure your Christmas is brimming with magic. This year the city will shine brighter with mesmerising Christmas light installations and vibrant Christmas decorations lighting up the evenings. Choose from one of two journeys that together make up a dazzling 27 stops or forge your own festive path through the dynamic light displays, enchanting building projections and joyful street decorations. Plus, there’s roving entertainment every Friday and Saturday night to add that extra dose of Christmas spirit. 

Where: Various around Perth

When: Friday 17 November – Tuesday 2 January

You can find more details about Christmas Lights Trail here.

Glenelg Christmas Pageant 2023

The Christmas Pageant is returning to Glenelg after a two-year break, and they couldn’t be more excited to welcome you back!

Children will be lining Jetty Road once again on Sunday 26 November to cheer and wave along our fantastic floats, live music, dancers, performers, community groups, and more…. As well as the big man in red himself.

Where: Jetty Road, Glenelg

When: Sunday 26 November

Find out more information about Glenelg Christmas Pageant here.

Christmas Carols

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.

Check out these Christmas Carol events taking place across Perth!

Carols in the Park 2023

Join in for an evening of carols and family fun at Claremont Park. When the sun sets, the live entertainment begins, with carols performed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra!

There are plenty of fun and festive activities for everyone including a silent disco, face painting, roving Christmas characters as well as a land train and an inflatable obstacle course for the little ones. And if you keep your eyes peeled you might spot a certain someone with a white beard and a red suit! 
They have a fantastic selection of food stalls to feast on, so bring along a picnic basket (with responsible BYO allowed), grab a bite, and settle in for a festive evening under the stars. This is a free event for the whole community to enjoy. 

Where: Claremont Park

When: 16 December

You can find the details of Carols in the Park here.

City of Canning Carols by Candlelight 2023

Tis the season! Get in the Christmas spirit with the annual Carols by Candlelight! ???

Bring a picnic blanket, chairs, the whole family and your best singing voices to share a night of music, dancing, sparkling lights and merry tunes. This is a free unticketed event.

Featuring the Canning City Brass Band, Rossmoyne Community Singers, Avenue Jazz Band plus one more performer  – soon to be announced!

Where: Civic Park Stage and Amphitheatre

When: 2 December

There are more details on City of Canning Carols by Candlelight here.

Hamersley Carols 2023

Go along with your friends and family to enjoy and experience the joy of Christmas. As usual, there will be a wide range of carnival games for the children, bouncy castle as well as a toddler side for the little ones. This year they even have an RAC Rescue Experience Simulator Helicopter!!

There will also be food and drinks available at the venue! Later in the evening, there will be a Christmas carol with the Salvation Army Band and Choir under the gumtrees!

  • Alcohol free event
  • Parking is limited – first come first serve

When: Sunday 3 December, 2023 – from 3.30pm

Where: 20 Belvedere Rd, Hamersley

Find out more about these carols here.

Christmas Markets

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 Baby & Children’s Christmas Market

Head on down to the last handmade market stalls of the year. All of the businesses are local family and children related business. There will also be community group fundraisers, pre-loved stalls. Keep your hands busy with free Christmas crafts as well as free games and activities hub.

Where: Mike Barnett Sporting Complex

Date: Sunday 26 November, 2023 – 11am – 2pm

Find more details of Perth Baby & Children’s Christmas Market here.

VPCA Christmas Art & Craft Market Stall

The annual Christmas art and craft market is back! Take your family and friends to this joyous event and explore what the local artisan stallholders have to offer: wonderful artworks, lovely gifts, specialty items and more. There is sure to be something for everyone.

Where: Victoria Park Centre for the Arts

Date: Sunday 3 December, 2023 – 10am

Find more information about VPCA Christmas Art & Craft Market Stall here.

Christmas Twilight Makers Market

Perth Makers Market is excited to be bringing their talented array of stallholders to the Supreme Court Gardens for a Christmas Twilight Market.

With over 80 of the best WA Makers in attendance, delicious food, a pop up bar, live music, costumes, a scavenger hunt there is something for everyone in the family!

Browse the stalls, enjoy delicious food and take part in the culture of the Perth maker community.

Where: Supreme Court Gardens

Date: Friday 17 November, 2023 – 6pm – 11pm

Find out more here.

Young Makers Christmas Market 2023

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 3 December, 2023 – 8am – 11am

The details of Young Makers Christmas Market are here.

Perth Hills Artisan Market

This is the biggest indoor artisan market around. You will be able to find gorgeous WA handmade goods.  There will be work from the crafters to the makers, the jam masters, sweet treat makers, the artists, the creatives, and more, the place to hear local buskers, indulge in delicious food. Keep an eye 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

Date: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 2023 – 9:30am – 3pm

There are more details about Perth Hills Artisan Market here.

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.

We have a detailed post about where to get Santa photos in Perth here.

You can find where to get your PET Santa photos in Perth here.

Christmas lights bus tours 2023

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.

You can read more about the bike Christmas lights tour here.

Christmas Eve box ideas

Christmas Even boxes are a growing tradition for Christmas

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.

Get ideas for your Christmas Eve boxes in our detailed guide 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. If you are looking for a real Christmas tree in Perth, we can help you with that too!

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Regina Gleeson

Regina is a fan of all things Christmas! As the Listings Editor of the popular Families Magazine she was instrumental in putting together the Christmas content in the print publication and on their website since its inception in 2013. She is extremely community-minded and makes it her personal mission to contribute content that is low cost (or free!) and suitable for families. This thirst for knowledge and desire to experience the things she writes about makes her an irreplaceable member of the team.

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