Giant Christmas Tree at the Mortlock | State Library of South Australia

Giant Christmas Tree at the State Library in Adelaide

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 from storytelling sessions under the tree, to fascinating and fun displays of all things Christmas from the State Library’s collections.

mortlock library Christmas tree

You can visit the Mortlock Chamber on the ground floor to look at the exhibition bays and the upper levels of the Mortlock Wing include quiet study areas. View the Christmas displays and discover the 12 Mortlock treasures.

Take a seat under the tree or in their cozy reading nook and enjoy the Christmas storybooks with your friends and family.

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. 

One of the donations on display in all its pop-up glory is a moveable book, Father Christmas (1961), by Czechoslovakian paper artist Vojtěch Kubašta (b.1914 Vienna, d.1992 Prague). Kubašta was one of the most prolific and inventive paper engineers in the history of children’s pop-up books. This donation brings the Library’s Kubašta pop-up works to 13.

This year’s Christmas at the Mortlock has several supporting programs, including local school choirs, books in the book nook and Christmas storytelling by local authors and storytellers.

Share a selfie of yourself, friends or family when visiting the Christmas at the Mortlock display and go in the running to win a special behind-the-scenes experience at the State Library by simply using the hashtags below when posting to your socials.

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Entry is FREE and no bookings are required.


  • Monday to Tuesday: 8am to 7pm
  • Wednesday to Friday: 8am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm


The State Library of South Australia is located on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue in the city.

There is a tram-stop just outside the State Library and there are bus stops close by near the War Memorial on North Terrace and the closest train station is the Adelaide city station on North Terrace.  The nearest car park is Wilson’s Adelaide Central car park next to David Jones and there is paid metered street parking along Kintore Ave and Victoria Drive.  

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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: 15 November 2021 – 9 January 2022 (see times above)

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

Who: Everyone

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