Lighting of the Christmas Tree | Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga | 1 Dec 2018

Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga

This year the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga will take place on Saturday 1 December 2018 (5pm – 9pm), making it easier for even more people to come along and enjoy an unforgettable evening of free entertainment hosted by Adelady’s own Lauren and Hayley.

The Big Switch

The actual Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at 8.30pm on 1 December 2018. Pushing the giant red button this year will be the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, joined by a lucky family nominated by the South Australian International Day of People with Disability Committee.

The lights will turn on nightly from 8.30pm from Saturday 1 December 2018 until Saturday 5 January 2019.


Open-air Christmas Music and Carols start from 5pm featuring the City of Adelaide Concert Band, the Australian Girls’ Choir and Adelaide’s leading Gospel Choir, the Gospo Collective.

Elfy Entertainment

Watch out for Elfspin! See these cheeky Christmas circus elves test-ride unicycles, spin hula hoops and juggle clubs, toys and more.


Select from the smorgasbord of food trucks below or enjoy a delicious pre-event meal in around Gouger and Grote Street. This is an alcohol-free event.

  • Humpty Dumplings
  • Coffee n Cookies
  • Strawberries Galore
  • Crepe Bar
  • Diggety’s Hot Dogs
  • Beyond India
  • Babs Greek BBQ
  • ChimiChurri Grill
  • Potato on a Stick

Kid Stuff

Free activities include face painting, giant games, the Imagination Playground and roving performers like Bubbles the Elf and two magical dancing Christmas Puddings!

Children will also be able to write a Letter to Santa (and get a letter back in the mail),

Christmas Lights, Festive Nights in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga | 15-23 Dec 2018

This year, Christmas in the city will be more magical than ever. Christmas Lights, Christmas Nights’ will see Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga transformed into a festive playground bursting with colour, live music, food trucks, Christmas movie screenings and a sleigh-load of merry-making activities.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the City of Adelaide website or keep up to date via the Facebook event page

What:  Lighting of the Christmas Tree

When: Saturday 1 December 2018 | 5pm-9pm | Lighting of the Christmas Tree at 8.30pm

Where Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, 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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