Christmas in Adelaide | Events, Things to do, What’s On for Christmas in Adelaide

WHAT'S ON AT CHRISTMAS IN ADELAIDE | In terms of family Christmas activities to do in Adelaide with the kids, there’s a jolly good selection to choose from this year with Christmas events and festive things to do around Adelaide having a revival since the 2020 that was! Many events are going ahead as normal and those that aren't, are changing up their usual proceedings in order to make it possible to have more socially distanced Christmas festivities. We've rounded up the best of the best things to do in Adelaide at Christmas time and we HO HO HOpe you find something you like.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Adelaide, and yep, the decorations are going up in Woolworths and the giant tree has arrived in Vic Square, so the festive season has officially started.

In terms of family Christmas activities to do in Adelaide with the kids, there’s a jolly good selection to choose from this year with Christmas events and festive things to do around Adelaide having a revival since the 2020 that was! Many events are going ahead as normal and those that aren’t, are changing up their usual proceedings in order to make it possible to have more socially distanced Christmas festivities.

We’ve rounded up the best of the best things to do in Adelaide at Christmas time and we HO HO HOpe you find something you like.

Santa's Wonderland 2021

Santa’s Wonderland

Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event, Santa’s Wonderland, is back for another magical year, with the festive family spectacular running from 3 December – 24 December in Jubilee Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

It’s a Christmas celebration like no other, with more fun family activities than there are elves in Santa’s workshop, and so many magical memories waiting to be made. Think toboggan slides, ice skating, Christmas stage shows, selfies with Santa, roaming Christmas characters and the family favourite festive activity trail. Not to mention the all important three hours of unlimited rides!

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Christmas in Rundle Mall

Silver bells, silver bells… it’s Christmas time in Rundle Mall! That’s right, South Australia’s biggest retail destination has had the full festive makeover with Rundle Mall unveiling its Christmas window display to bring cheer to shoppers young and old.

Ten activations will stretch across the length of Rundle Mall bringing joy, wonder and a desire to explore the Mall. Eight traditional Christmas windows are on display featuring local artists and presenting varied takes on the festive season, while the Paolo Sebastian dress exhibition, which launched at October’s Vogue Festival earlier this year, will evolve into a curated themed display.

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Lights of Lobethal Festival

Is it Christmas in Adelaide without the Lights of Lobethal? Well we have good news! The largest community Christmas light display in the southern hemisphere is set to bring joy to South Australians for the first time since 2018. The iconic Lights of Lobethal proudly presented by RAA will return in 2021 following a two-year hiatus owing to the 2019 Cudlee Creek Bushfires and 2020 COVID-19-enforced shutdown.

The event will run from 12 – 31 December and is being presented for the first time by RAA. Driving the streets of Lobethal this time of year is an essential festive pilgrimage making for the perfect date night or family tradition. There are so many decorated homes to discover that will evoke childhood wonder and make memories for life. There are penguins, elves, Christmas dragons, Father Christmas riding a motorbike, Christmas sleighs and reindeers galore! Not to mention the town’s special new addition two-metre tall Koko koala who has been generously donated by Costco long with Frosty the Snow Man. Koko and Frosty are part of the Lobethal Lights committee’s new lending program and will be moving around throughout the festival so make sure you keep an eye out for them!

Not to be missed is a visit to local town heroes Bill and Peg’s house on 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal who have once again outdone themselves with over 50,000 lights twinkling into the night. Make sure you walk their verandah and enjoy peering into their spectacular Christmas windows with miniature Christmas villages and other Christmas treasures collected over a lifetime.

For map of the Lobethal Lights and key dates and events:

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Brewery Christmas Lights Display

The Brewery Christmas Riverbank Lights Display is a GO! We repeat, a GO! And it’s lucky because is it really Christmas in Adelaide without them? We think not!

The 2021 Christmas Lights Display along the riverbank at the Brewery will have a shortened duration this year due to COVID restrictions, open from Monday 13 December until Christmas Day inclusive.

To ensure patrons’ health and safety, guests will need to pre-book their free tickets for one of the four available 60-minute time slots each night of the display. There will be 500 free tickets available for each hour-long time slot, with a total of 2,000 tickets available per night.

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Carols by Candlelight Adelaide 2021

SeaLink Carols by Candlelight will again be a virtual event this year, delivering Christmas cheer for both South Australian families and those tuning in across the nation thanks to Channel 7.

The televised concert – starring Matt Goss, Rhonda Burchmore, Samantha Jade and many more to be announced soon – provides a wonderful opportunity to get together with our nearest and dearest, light our candles and sing along to some of our favourite Christmas songs while supporting Novita and the great work they do for our community.

Don’t miss SeaLink Carols by Candlelight on 7two and 7Plus on Sunday 12 December at 7pm.

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queens theatre xmas festival

The Queens Xmas Festival

Grab some friends and get festive at the inaugural The Queens Xmas Festival that will transform The Queens Theatre into a vibrant Christmas street party with 3 days of live music, artist markets, food trucks, ceramic workshops, live art, and boutique bars.

From Friday 17 December to Sunday 19 December, experience live performances from artists including Alana Jagt, Kelly Menhennett, Dojo Rise, My Chérie and Rob Edwards, live art by KAB101 and drinks from Alpha Box & Dice, The Suburban Brew, 78 Degrees, Green Ant Gin, Kangaroo Island Spirits and much more.

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Barossa Valley Chocolate company kids club

Christmas Kids Club at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

Take the kids to the Barossa for a Christmas Kids Club, hosted across a range of days in December by our friends at the Barossa Fun Factory. Take part in  a range of Christmas themed interactive activities for children aged 5-14 (younger children welcome with an accompanying adult). To top it off, every child receives a Barossa Chocolate treat from Santa himself!

Limited space in each session, bookings essential.

For more information or to book:

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The Magic Cave at David Jones

Father Christmas will be returning to DJ’s this year in Rundle Mall, with the iconic Magic Cave set to take up its usual residence on the second floor of David Jones.

From December 2 until Christmas Eve, your fam can visit Santa in a COVID safe environment at the Magic Cave, entry is free but photo bookings must be made online ahead of your visit.

David Jones, Level 2, Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

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Santaland at Myer

Santaland at Myer Adelaide is a magical, winter wonderland and the highlight of Christmas for young and old alike. Your adventure starts aboard the Santaland Express, as the life-size train takes shoppers of all ages on a virtual journey from Myer Central Station non-stop to Santaland.

A trip to Santaland isn’t complete without a visit to the Claus’ Residence for photos and a chat with Santa himself. And don’t forget to post your letter to Santa in the special mailbox and we’ll make sure it’s delivered to him.

Santaland is going to be the busiest place this Christmas and bookings are essential this year.

Visit Santaland on Level 2, Myer Adelaide City.

For online bookings, opening hours and a list of things you might want to know to plan your trip to Santaland:

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North Adelaide Village Christmas Display

The old bookstore in the North Adelaide Village has been transformed into a Christmas wonderland featuring a giant ride-on Lego sleigh. From 12 – 4pm every day until Christmas Eve, the 200,000 piece Lego masterpiece will be open for you to marvel and have your photo taken on.

The North Adelaide Christmas Village will also host free Christmas art classes run by the Ruth Tuck Art School, for children 5-10 years. These classes will run daily (Sunday excluded) from Monday 13 to Thursday 23 December.

For more information or to book art classes:

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King William Road Christmas Family Day

On Saturday 11 December, Santa and his elves will greet Adelaide locals for the King William Road Family Day. Santa will spread cheer to children and parents alike from 11 am to 3 pm, and anyone with Christmas wishes can offer them to his staff from the North Pole by writing letters, which Santa will read.

During the King William Road Family Day, there will be face painting, craft activities and live entertainment from local artists for all ages to enjoy.

Shoppers will be able to search for Christmas purchases, whether it’s a special gift or a new outfit. Special offers will apply on the day, awarding shoppers with complimentary gifts when they spend $20 or more in any of the precinct’s stores. To redeem your gift, there will be a King William Road Xmas cart on the street where buyers can show their proof of purchase.

The King William Road Family Day will be a COVID-safe event, with hand-sanitising stations provided across the precinct. Patrons are asked to abide by state government guidelines by wearing masks, adhering to social distancing and maintaining good hand hygiene – for everyone’s safety.

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giant christmas tree

Giant Christmas Tree Victoria Square

Soaring 25 metres into the sky, Adelaide’s Giant Christmas Tree is back this year in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. With 13,616 individually programmable LED lights, the Giant Christmas Tree is transformed into a dazzling light display each night of the city’s Christmas festival.

Lighting information:

  • From 17 November 2021 to 4 January 2022
  • Lighting takes place from 8:30pm to 2:30am
  • Light display loop lasts 10 minutes

The fountains will be on for the kids to splash in on a hot summer’s night under the Christmas lights.

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga, Grote Street, Adelaide

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Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall

Direct from Christmas in Leicester Square London and Birmingham Town Hall….to Adelaide Town Hall! It’s time to rock around the Christmas tree with DJ Monski Mouse and her fabulous dancers in this friendliest of discos that lets parents and 0-5’s loose on the dance floor.

Featuring Christmas tune favourites, tinsel and musical surprises, treat your little people to this heart warming, toe tapping seasonal family dance!

Event Details

Date: 12 December

Venue: Adelaide Town Hall

Time: 11:00am

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Xanadu Drive in


The Xanadu Drive-In is an Australian-first movie experience, set to be hosted at the Torrens Parade Grounds on December 18 and 19. The Xanadu Drive-in is set to run as part of the 2022 Adelaide Fringe but given there is nothing better than a Christmas movie in December; The Xanadu Drive-In will be hosting two very Christmas themed screenings of 2 iconic Christmas films.

December 18 will see the family favourite Christmas classic The Nightmare Before Christmas followed by a “Oogie Boogie’s Bonanza Late Night Xmas Party” with DJ and continued festivities.

December 19 will see the holiday classic to define all holiday classics, It’s A Wonderful Life, followed by a “George Bailey’s Bellringer Bash Late Night Xmas Party”.

Along with a nostalgic screen and cabaret experience, the Xanadu Drive-In will offer your Drive-In attending favourites, as you indulge in in great food and drink from a selection of premiere South Australian suppliers, including popcorn and choc-tops, along with market stalls, bars from The Speakeasy Hotel vintage caravans, and roving performances.

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Christmas Junior Proms

What better way to finish the year than an exciting interactive Christmas concert for young people aged 1–7, parents, grandparents, and friends?

A wonderful mix of orchestral music and festive songs, conducted by Minas Berberyan with some very special guests. Adelaide Youth Sinfonia is one of five orchestras under the umbrella of Adelaide Youth Orchestras, and is a training orchestra of emerging young musicians aged 10 – 18 years. Adelaide Youth Orchestras is proud to be celebrating 20 years providing world class development programs and career pathways for South Australia’s brightest young musicians.

Event details

Venue: Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

Date: Saturday 4 December, 2021

Time: 11am & 2pm

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twilight christmas fair

Twilight Christmas Fair

Celebrate the start of the festive season with an afternoon of free family fun and entertainment! The City of Onkaparinga is hosting a Christmas Fair on Sunday 5 December at Bice Oval, Christies Beach from 3pm – 7pm.

This is a FREE community event and will have Christmas themed entertainment, children’s activities, music and a visit from Santa.

There will be a variety of market stalls to purchase Christmas gifts and an array of delicious food and drink vendors.

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Christmas tree Festival

Christmas Tree Festival

The 2021 Christmas Tree Festival will be an enchanted land of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and banners, beautifully crafted by various local community groups, schools, churches and individuals.

Event Details

When: Thursday 2 December – Sunday 5 December

Cost: Gold coin donation


Thursday 2 December at 11:00am – 4:00pm

Friday 3rd December 2021 at 11:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday 4th December 2021 at 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 5th December 2021 at 5:00pm – 6:00pm

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Adelaide Christmas Cracker Trail

Adelaide’s Christmas Cracker Trail

This festive season, download the free Adelaide Christmas Cracker Trail app to find hidden surprises across the city!

There are 14 Christmas activities waiting to be discovered across the CBD and North Adelaide, revealing Christmas quizzes, jokes, badges to collect, selfie filters and augmented reality experiences.

Simply download the app and scan the QR code at any of the map locations below – happy exploring!

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Norwood Augmented Reality Christmas Trail

Santa and his friends have made a special visit to The Parade in Norwood this year, and your family can take part in an augmented reality Christmas trail to find them!

All you’ll need is your smartphone or smart device and you can be part of the festive fun and hunt for a whole host of Christmas characters (think cheeky elves, dancing snowmen and the big guy in a red suit himself!) hiding around The Parade.

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