Christmas in the City of Adelaide | Dec 2017

Christmas in the City

Discover some of the fantastic Christmas events and community activities happening around the City of Adelaide this holiday season. There are Carols and other musical performances, markets, Christmas Fun in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga,  Christmas lights and more.

Christmas Lights

Adelaide Town Hall Christmas Projection Display

Adelaide Town Hall will once again be glistening again with a stunning Christmas and New Year’s projection display shining bright every night from sunset. The lights will come on from 18th November to 1st of January.

Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

See the Giant Christmas Tree light up every night in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga. Underneath the tree the kids can also play in the interactive water feature that also lights up – great fun for the whole family on a hot summer’s night!


The Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square City of Adelaide is looking gorgeous and has new light sequences this year. It’s lit up every night now. From 15 December there will be plenty of Christmas fun activities there each night too, including a miniature train ride around the tree, free family shows and more:

Posted by Play & Go Adelaide on Sunday, 3 December 2017

Rundle Street Lantern in the East End

The Rundle Street Lantern in the East End will feature an array of colourful and dynamic Christmas imagery and digital art works at night. It is 100% green-powered and at nine levels high and 1,066 square metres is hard to miss! The Lantern lights up every night from sunset to 12am, Sunday to Thursday and from sunset to 2am on Friday to Saturday.

Adelaide Riverbank

The Riverbank will be lit up this festive season with the footbridge, Adelaide Festival Theatre, the Adelaide Railway Station and the Adelaide Casino all lighting up in festive colours.

Whitmore Square Festive Lights

Enjoy a wonderful display of light and colour in a beautiful park setting. LED colour changing and festoon globes will be installed between light poles along footpaths in Whitmore Square / Iparrityi. The display will turn on from 22nd November from 7pm to 7am.

QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight | Sunday 10 December 2017

The 2017 QBE Insurance Carols by Candlelight will take place in Elder Park on Sunday, December 10, with fun family activities kicking off from 2.00pm, and the City of Adelaide pre-show entertainment from 5.00pm, with the Carols running from 8.15pm to 10.30pm.

Christmas Fun in the Square | Christmas in the City of Adelaide

This year Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga will be transformed into a festive fairyland filled with activities to keep the whole family smiling. Free to enter and open daily from 15 – 24 December (11am to 8pm), Christmas Fun in the Square will see Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga transformed into a playful wonderland bursting with colour, candy canes, lights, music, food trucks and a sleigh-load of merry-making activities to put smiles on the faces of young and old.


Christmas in Rundle Mall

This Christmas, Rundle Mall will capture the magic of the season with an exciting musical program – Rundle Mall ‘Voices of Christmas’. Combining live musical performances on a showcase stage, with digitally recorded voices that have been gathered from across the state; the program will bring together musical identities, local and regional choirs, schools and community groups in a show stopping musical experience.

Rundle Mall Christmas Decorations

From Friday 17 November Rundle Mall will be transformed with a stunning display of Christmas decorations to establish that warm, festive atmosphere for visitors and shoppers alike. Rundle Mall will be lit up with festoon lighting stretching the entire length of Rundle Mall plus 4-metre-long silk Christmas banners.

Forest of Trees

Rundle Mall will be visually delighted with the return of Rundle Mall’s Forest of Trees. This year’s forest sees the return of real pine trees, to spread their unmistakable Christmas scent throughout the precinct, along with the addition of new gold acrylic and plywood trees to add interest. You will be able to follow the ‘Christmas tree trail’ to explore the Mall and discover more.

Large format Christmas letters: Last year’s large format JOY and PEACE letters will return to the Mall this Christmas. Standing at over 2 metres, it provides the perfect moment to capture for Instagram #rmchristmas

Bustle and Bells

In recognition of Adelaide’s status as the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia (one of only 19 globally) “Bustle & Bells – Christmas Songs in the City” is a musical collaboration between City of Adelaide & Music SA to bring FREE Christmas cheer to the community by showcasing 16 pop-up Christmas musical performances across the City.

You can explore all the family-friendly events on the City of Adelaide’s Interactive Map.



For more information and all enquiries please visit Christmas in the City website

What:  Christmas in the City

WhenChristmas Holidays

WhereVarious locations around the City of Adelaide

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.



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