Merry the Mall Mouse is a cheeky new character set to steal the show, taking visitors young and old on a whimsical journey bringing to life the eight individually-themed windows.
From perching atop a reindeer, to helping put up tinsel and decorations, Merry appears in each window and provides fun, festive activities for children and families as they browse the window display along the 520m length of Rundle Mall.
The much-loved Christmas Pageant window, featuring iconic rocking horse Nimble, returns this year to help celebrate the Pageant’s 90th anniversary, while the other seven showcase brand new displays.
Christmas Cracker, which pays tribute to the festive tradition of gathering around the table with loved ones with a bright, pastel colour palette, is among the new displays to debut this year.
A guide to Rundle Mall’s 8 Christmas Windows
Father Christmas’ Boots
Father Christmas has arrived! Heralding the most exciting moment of the festive season – the night before Christmas – the story of Father Christmas’ descent of the chimney showcases his inimitable boots alongside a sack brimming with gifts.
Located opposite Myer Centre Adelaide.
Christmas Claw Machine
Bringing a nod to the nostalgia of claw machines and the child-like excitement of seeing a window jam-packed with plush Christmas toys, this window will be a thrilling instalment along the window trail for children, with giveaways to come during the festive season.
Located facing James Place.
Portraying a quintessential Aussie Christmas in the searing sunshine, this window pays homage to homegrown festive traditions and native friends, complete with Hills Hoist and backyard cricket.
Located opposite H&M.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
The story of The Night Before Christmas unfolds with a larger-than-life storybook, telling the traditional tale of the excitement of the festive season with 3D reindeer and decorations leaping from the pages.
Located facing the Pigeon.
APY Art Centre Collective
The unique voice of Aboriginal art is celebrated through the vibrant colours of native florals and bespoke hanging installations, created using a variety of textured mediums.
Located outside Woolworths.
Bursting open with streamers, glittering confetti and gilded decorations, the Christmas Cracker pays tribute to celebrated festive family traditions and the excitement of gathering around the table with loved ones. Look out for the giveaway of 1,000 Rundle Mall crackers, with 100 recipients set to find $30 Rundle Mall vouchers inside.
Located opposite the Apple store.
An army of elves have snuck into the window, intent on weaving their own Christmas tree with a spool of red string – helped along the way by Merry the Mall Mouse, of course.
Located opposite Twin Street.
Paying tribute to the state’s most iconic rocking horses, this window tells the story of 90 years of the Christmas Pageant and one of its most famous characters, Nimble, who has held a special place in the hearts of South Australians for generations.
Located near the Richmond Hotel.
Rundle Mall’s Christmas windows are now on display, free for the public to enjoy, until early January 2023.