December Christmas activities for kids in Adelaide Arcade

Christmas in Adelaide Arcade
With school holidays just around the corner we've found some fun, festive and FREE Christmas activities and attractions Adelaide Arcade are hosting across December that are perfect for kiddos!

That’s right, one of Adelaide’s best festive displays has returned as Adelaide Arcade brings cheer to Christmas shoppers across the city. Exquisite decorations adorn the arcade, complimented by numerous family-friendly activities to get anyone excited for the most wonderful time of the year.

We’ve rounded up some of the festive fun scheduled for December!

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Christmas Decorations in Adelaide Arcade

Everyone looks forward to when the Adelaide Arcade Christmas decorations go up. The giant twinkling Christmas trees and hanging garlands adorned in traditional red, green and gold baubles along with everyone’s favourite Santa figure who has been part of Adelaide Arcade’s Christmas display for over twenty years set the scene for a magical Christmas.

Make sure you look up and take in the red and white hot air balloons floating through the Arcade delivering gifts. Have you spotted our giant red present box on the outside Grenfell Street end balcony? It lights up at night time too!

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Christmas Windows

Enjoy a magical stroll around the Arcade as our businesses light up their windows this Christmas for all to enjoy!  Businesses across the arcade have come up with some amazing creative displays.

Christmas Photo Stand Adelaide Arcade

Christmas Photo Stand

Take a photo with the kid’s faces at the Christmas photo stand. There is a different picture on each side – Santa’s workshop and the gingerbread house. Which one will you choose?

The team at the Arcade love seeing your photos, so don’t forget to tag @adelaidearcade.

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Free Christmas Trail

Collect a FREE Christmas Trail brochure on arrival from the Christmas brochure stands located at each entrance of the Arcade and follow the clues! Can you guess all of them? Unscramble the mystery word at the end and go into the draw to win 1 of 4 $25 Adelaide Arcade vouchers!

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Christmas Gift Wrapping

Minda will be back in Adelaide Arcade this December to wrap your Christmas presents!

Take the stress out of Christmas shopping and have your gifts expertly wrapped by the wonderful volunteers at Minda for a small donation. All funds raised will help to change the lives of people with disability.

Thursday 1 December – Sunday 11 December
Monday to Thursday – 12pm to 3pm
Friday – 12pm to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday – 12pm to 3pm

Monday 12 December – Friday 23 December
Mon to Thurs – 11am to 5pm
Friday – 11am to 7pm
Sat and Sun – 11am to 5pm

Saturday 24 December – Christmas Eve
9am to 5pm

Christmas Carols

Enjoy free, live performances by talented local artists in the lead-up to Christmas in Adelaide Arcade. Sing along to your favourite carols as you do your Christmas shopping in Adelaide’s most iconic shopping precinct.

High-Spirits Harmony

High-Spirits Harmony is an award-winning women’s a capella singing group directed by the dynamic and inspirational leader, John Khammash.

Saturday 3 December – 11am and 1pm
Saturday 10 December – 11am and 1pm
Saturday 17 December – 11am and 1pm

Lumina Vocal

Lumina Vocal presents an hour of Christmas music including old favourites and potential new ones from Medieval to now.

Sunday 4 December – 12pm to 1pm
Sunday 11 December -12pm to 1pm

Carols is proudly supported by the City of Adelaide for Adelaide’s Christmas Festival.

Extended trading hours

For your convenience, Adelaide Arcade has extended trading hours over the festive period.

Sunday 4 December: 9am to 5pm
Monday 5 – Thursday 8 December: 9am to 7pm
Friday 9 December: 9am to 9pm
Saturday 10 December: 9am to 5pm
Sunday 11 December: 9am to 5pm
Monday 12 – Thursday 15 December: 9am to 7pm
Friday 16 December: 9am to 9pm
Saturday 17 December:  9am to 5pm
Sunday 18 December:  9am to 5pm
Monday 19 – Thursday 22 December: 9am to 7pm
Friday 23 December: 9am to 9pm
Saturday 24 December (Christmas Eve): 9am to 5pm
Sunday 25 December (Christmas Day): CLOSED
Monday 26 – Friday 30 December:  9am to 5pm
Saturday 31 December: 11am to 5pm
Sunday 1 January (New Year’s Day):  11am to 5pm
Monday 2 January: 11am to 5pm
Tuesday 3 January:  9am to 6pm

Standard trading hours resume on Tuesday 3 January 2023. Individual store hours may vary. Please check with individual stores for more details.*

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