Giant Christmas Tree at the Mortlock | State Library of South Australia | 25 Nov 2020 – 4 Jan 2021

Giant Christmas Tree at the Mortlock 

This year the magic of Christmas comes to the Mortlock Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. There is something for everyone to see and discover, from the largest indoor Christmas tree in Adelaide, to fascinating and fun displays of all things Christmas from the collections of the State Library of South Australia.  

In a year of change, challenges and champions, 2020 has been tough for all. Together with the support of SA Power Networks, the Library is bringing a little Christmas cheer by lighting up the tree in the majestic Mortlock. Come in and take a selfie in front of the tree and send it to loved ones who you may not be able to visit this Christmas. 

The Christmas display takes you back to how South Australians celebrated Christmas through the generations. See photographs from decades of South Australia’s much-loved Christmas Pageant, cards – including one from Don Bradman to a friend, menus from Christmas dinners aboard ships, postcards sent home to family and friends by WWI soldiers, and more. Hear the sounds of Christmas including carols, and songs by Patsy Biscoe, Kamahl and Jimmy Barnes. There are also beautiful books and toys from the Children’s Literature Research Collection on display. 

Entry is FREE and no bookings are required.

Open hours

  • Monday to Saturday | 10am to 4.00pm
  • Closed Sunday and public holidays


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the State Library of South Australia website.

What: Christmas at the Mortlock

When: Wednesday 25 November 2020 – Monday 4 January 2020 | Open Monday to Saturday | 10am – 4pm

Where: Mortlock Chamber, State Library of South Australia | Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide

Who: Everyone

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Image Source: image supplied; Toby Woolley, 2020


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