The excitement builds. Magic and laughter are just moments away.
Some arrive in hushed awe, while for others, the exhilaration is almost palpable, because no experience brings the joy and delight of Christmas quite like Adelaide’s very own Santa’s Wonderland.
For three weeks in December, the Jubilee Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground is transformed into a spectacular world of snow, ice and Christmas celebration.
And with its array of rides, activities and entertainment – all included in the entry price – it’s easy to see why Santa’s Wonderland is the hottest festive season ticket in town.
Each year, the event is arranged into three distinct themes.
Traditional Christmas Land
Traditional Christmas Land is inspired by the great customs of the festive season.
Beautiful Christmas trees and giant nutcracker dolls line the entrance, which opens out to reveal oversized sleighs and golden reindeers, creating the perfect backdrop for family photos. Mrs Christmas is nestled by her hearth, and delights kids with Christmas stories. Then it’s off to ride one of the special North Pole reindeers, and think about what to write at the North Pole letter station. For the very little ones, a band of cheeky elves are there to help out, before little hands carefully post their letter to Santa in the express post box to the North Pole.
Ice Wonderland is, as its name suggests, the coolest place to be. It’s packed full of activities, including the exciting toboggan slide and an awesome ice rink complete with skating elves to offer a helping hand.
This is the realm of the beautiful Ice Queen who welcomes all, from her glistening white sleigh. From here, visitors make their way through the illuminated bauble walk, which, with the life-sized polar bears, penguins, arctic foxes and towering Christmas tree, makes for more breathtaking photos.
Candyland is where the sweetest memories of all are made. It’s bursting with colourful interactive zones and loads of family fun.
Here, families can buy fairy floss, toffee apples and gingerbread, before the little ones work off that energy on the jumping castles all while exploring some of the Christmas Pageant floats up close. When it’s time for some calm, the Christmas bauble stop is a chance for kids to personalise their own bauble for the tree at home.
Last, but definitely not least, Candyland is home to the main stage with live entertainment and of course, the most important part of all – an appearance by Santa himself!
Adelaide Showground, Wayville
Friday 3 to Friday 24 December, 2021
Morning 10am – 1pm
Afternoon 2pm – 5pm
Twilight 6pm – 9pm