2018 Credit Union Christmas Pageant | Adelaide | 10 Nov 2018

2018 Credit Union Christmas Pageant – Saturday 10 November 2018

It’s time to start counting down the sleeps!

People of all ages gather along Adelaide’s streets each November to welcome the Credit Union Christmas Pageant. It’s the traditional start of the festive season, with more than 320,000 happy faces lining the 3.3 kilometre route to welcome Father Christmas. Families across South Australia look forward to the Pageant, and the magical parade brings the spirit and joy of Christmas to Adelaide’s city streets.

The Floats in 2018

With more than 60 floats, over 260 clowns and more than 170 moving performing sets all ready to perform in the 2018 Credit Union Christmas Pageant, there is something for everyone.

Fairy tale and fantasy floats, colourful clowns, marching bands, twirling dancers and many other magical characters led the way to the final float – Father Christmas in his beautiful sleigh.  See the exciting new floats revealed for this year here.

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2018 Route Map

The 2018 Credit Union Christmas Pageant will start with the blow of the gold whistle at 9:30am marking the the 86th year of the Pageant!

Since 1933, the Christmas Pageant has been the traditional start to the Christmas season in South Australia. Thousands of people, young and old, line the city streets to welcome Father Christmas to Adelaide.

The Credit Union Christmas pageant will deliver Father Christmas to the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue. He will then make his way down Gawler Place into Rundle Mall before taking up residence at the Magic Cave at David Jones.

Fun Pageant facts!

On average, the Credit Union Christmas Pageant will feature:

  • 170 moving sets
  • 260 clowns
  • 66 floats
  • 21 dance groups
  • 15 bands
  • Five walking sets
  • Three choirs
  • One DJ
  • The first Pageant was held in 1933.
  • More than 120 talented makeup artists are set to apply make-up to more than 1000 characters between 6.30am and 9am on Pageant day.
  • Allianz Insurance will provide over 1800 breakfasts to Pageant characters and volunteers on Pageant day.
  • It takes 15 trucks to transport costumes, shapes, heads, bikes and props to Pulteney Grammar School, the starting point, the day before the Pageant.
  • It takes more than 240 boxes of tissues and 70 jars of make-up remover to remove all character make up.
  • From the week after the Pageant until Christmas Eve, well over 3,000 costume pieces are washed, ironed and placed in plastic bags for storage ready for the next year.

Read our behind the scenes experience Review of the 2014 Credit Union Christmas Pageant here.



Father Christmas

Father Christmas continues his special relationship with South Australia since appearing in the first Pageant in 1933. Father Christmas loves the way South Australian children are so well behaved. He loves to see the smiles on their faces and returns to the Credit Union Christmas Pageant every year. This is one event he would not miss for the world.

Father Christmas stands on a sleigh atop his float in his shiny red suit waving to the crowd, accompanied by his eight majestic reindeer standing at the ready on a specially made ice landing glacier. As the float passes by you can feel the cold. Father Christmas feels very much at home even though the day may be hot. It is always awe inspiring to see Father Christmas escorted in grand style by the Pageant Queen and procession to the Magic Cave at David Jones.


You can access a whole host of information via the official Pageant website – it is absolutely loaded with information – from the Pageant’s long history to a gallery of recent times, there’s a Fun section with competitions and colouring in, along with handy information such as the full program, how to get there, car parking, road closures and handy tips for an enjoyable day.


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Play & Go’s Pageant Tips!

Arrive EARLY

For a good spot along the pageant route be sure someone from your family or friend group arrives EXTRA early to set up – lay out a blanket and low chairs etc. Pick a spot in the shade if it looks like being a hot morning. Whoever volunteers for this job can bring the paper and a coffee to relax while they wait as the crowd steadily grows. There are cafes nearby all selling coffee and breakfast. How early you ask? Well…often by 6am the ‘front row’ along the blue line is already reserved. Having volunteers go early means you can take the kids in a bit later so there is less waiting time for them. {And if you are in the front row, try to only have rugs there and not chairs, so people behind get to see as well.}


Bring lots of sidewalk chalk to keep the kids occupied while they wait for the pageant to start. – the large, chunky sticks are best!


Drinks and Snacks

Pack a mini-hamper as there’s nothing worse than hungry or thirsty children in a large crowd with the closest shop too far (and too hard) to walk to! Take along refillable water bottles – there are SA Water stations where you can re-fill your bottles for free.

Mobile Phone Number

Write your mobile number on your child’s wrist or arm in case they get lost and take a photo of them in the morning before you leave home.

Hats and Sunscreen

If the sun is shining on pageant morning don’t forget these items, along with sunglasses!

Wet Weather Gear

If it looks like there might be rain, bring umbrellas, but only use them until the Pageant starts. When the Pageant is on, try not to use umbrellas so that people behind you can see. This is where hooded rain jackets are the best – just the cheap $2 ones do the trick. Most kids don’t mind getting a bit wet. Bring spare clothes for the kids to change into afterwards if necessary.

Catch Public Transport

Our kids love to catch the bus into town for the pageant – it adds to the excitement and can be easier than taking ages to get out of a car park and fighting traffic after. If you do want to drive some of the U-Park car parks and others near the Pageant have a special $5 or $8 flat rate offer on the day. See details here for U-Parks

Stay for Lunch in the City

If your kids aren’t too tired and don’t need naps anymore, consider staying in town for lunch until the crowds dissipate and the traffic gets back to normal. You can enjoy a packed lunch in the Hindmarsh Square interactive play space or go to one of the food courts in Rundle Mall (City Cross, David Jones, Myer or Rundle Place). They all have a good food selection and it’s often not as busy as you think because most people rush out of the city straight after the Pageant finishes. You could also share a pizza at one of the great cafes along Rundle Street too.

Also the Metropolitan Fire Station on Wakefield Street have their Open Day straight after the Pageant. Get details here

You could also get in early and see Father Christmas after the Pageant at Myer or David Jones.

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In one of the State’s most enduring corporate partnerships, People’s Choice Credit Union, Beyond Bank Australia, Credit Union SA and Police Credit Union will celebrate almost a quarter of a century of supporting South Australia’s most iconic community event. They say goodbye after a remarkable 23 year partnership so this will be very special for them.

Police Credit Union PCU

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Credit Union Christmas Pageant website.

What:       Credit Union Christmas Pageant

When:      Saturday 10 November 2018 | 9.30am

Where:    Adelaide CBD – see the route map above

Who:        Everyone

Images from the Credit Union Christmas Pageant website and by Play & Go Adelaide.

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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