Magical Christmas Windows in Rundle Mall.
Rundle Mall is set to sparkle again this Christmas with the installation of its delightful window displays, bringing Christmas cheer to families and those shopping, socialising and sightseeing in the Mall until the New Year.
Explore the joy of the iconic Rundle Mall Christmas Windows as they form a festive path of wonderment down the length of Rundle Mall, featuring both classic and modern takes on what Christmas means to South Australians.
Flanked by a forest of Christmas trees and fairy lights, each window tells an enchanting Christmas story, including the Aussie Christmas window showing a traditional local take on Christmas spent in the backyard summer sun with festive native friends. Another new addition to the trail showcases a Christmas cracker bursting open with a vibrant explosion of confetti and cheer, paying tribute to gathering with family at the most special time of year.
In 2022, the popular National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant window returns to mark 90 years of the Pageant and its hero, Nimble, along with a new twist on the popular florals window, this year showcasing an installation created with Aboriginal artists and native blooms.
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.
Families can follow and find Merry the Mall Mouse in each window to complete a puzzle and enter a weekly draw to win a $50 Toyworld voucher.
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.
Christmas Activity Downloads
Parents can find kids’ activity sheets in participating retailers or visit rundlemall.com to download activities from colouring in an Aussie Christmas scene, a guide to making your own Christmas crackers at home and printing Christmas wrapping paper.
Win a $30 Rundle Mall Shopping Voucher
Rundle Mall will give away 1,000 crackers to surprise and delight visitors across key times in the leadup to Christmas, starting with 2pm – 2.30pm on Saturday 12 November after the Christmas Pageant.
Visit the window then for a chance to win a $30 Rundle Mall shopping voucher in a Christmas cracker!
A guide to Rundle Mall’s eight 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 Rundle Mall’s giveaway of 1,000 Rundle Mall crackers, with 100 recipients set to find $30 Rundle Mall vouchers inside. Located facing 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.
APY Art Centre Collective Window Artists
One of the most vibrant stops on the Rundle Mall Christmas window trail features bespoke artwork by a range of talented artists from the APY Art Centre Collective, a group of 11 Indigenous-owned and governed art centres producing innovative pieces celebrating culture and providing independent income to artists.
Creating employment opportunities based on culturally-affirming work and allowing for traditional art and practices to be created, taught and shared, the APY Art Centre Collective hubs are a treasured and vital piece of the community.
Explore pieces by a selection of APY artists in the APY Art Centre Collective Christmas window (and see if you can spot Merry the Mall Mouse!), and learn more about the stories behind the artists.
Take a look at one of 2019′ windows in the video below:
While you’re in Rundle Mall, you could also check out the Magic Cave at David Jones and Myer’s Santaland.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Rundle Mall website.
What: Christmas Windows
When: Saturday 12 November to December 2022
Where: Rundle Mall, Adelaide
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