Lights of Lobethal Festival | 9-31 Dec 2018

Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival

Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival

Lobethal lights up on Sunday 9 December 2018 until Monday 31 December 2018. The Lights of Lobethal Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over sixty years. Created by the community of Lobethal, the true spirit of Christmas has now evolved into the largest Community Christmas Light Display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Following the official “Lights On” ceremony residents will turn on their lights and these wonderful light displays will remain lit each night until Monday 31 December.

Lights On Ceremony, Carols & Fireworks  |  Sunday 9 December 2018 from 6pm

This iconic event brings together family and friends for the official opening of the Lobethal Lights. This fun evening takes place in and around the Main Street of Lobethal.

Carols in the Valley

Starts at 7pm at the Lutheran Church, Main Street, which is followed by the opening ceremony and fireworks.

Lights On Ceremony & Fireworks | 8.30pm – 9pm.

Characters from Once Upon A Princess will be welcomed to open the lights festival and switch on the lights. The switching on of the lights marks the start of the lights festival, this is followed by the large fireworks display on the Lobethal Lutheran School oval.

Light Displays

The light displays are the main attraction of the festival. The Lobethal community light up their homes and businesses to create an impressive display throughout the town.

Please note: this is a Dry Zone area.

Centennial Hall Market

The Centennial Hall Market is open every night from the 9 – 29 December 2018 (excluding 25 December), from 6pm until late. This is the place to browse a variety of arts and craft stalls and to discover and enjoy a range of local produce. Local community members will be serving light refreshments inside, plus strawberries and ice-cream and a sausage sizzle out the front. There will be a wonderful selection of food stalls and the local pubs, cafes, takeaway and Kloses Foodland will be open till late each night of the event.  Santa will make his official entrance in the Senior Citizen Hall and will be available to see until the 22 December 2018.

Lobethal Living Nativity | Sunday 9 – Sunday 23 December 2018 | Nightly at 8:50pm & 9:20pm

Performed in front of the Lobethal Lutheran Church, Main Street, Lobethal, the renowned Lobethal Living Nativity is a gift from the Hills Christian Churches to the people.  It is a traditional re-enactment of the events of the first Christmas, complete with a real baby “Jesus”, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, Angels, Wise men, and a large menagerie of animals featuring camels, donkeys, goats, lambs, calves, tame doves, a baby alpaca and a dog, all set in a straw strewn stable producing the appropriate sights, sounds and smells.

The Biblical text and carols accompany the 15 minutes “show”, which is performed at 8.50 and 9.20 each evening, beginning on Sunday 9 December 2018, and running until, and including, 23 December 2018. Authenticity is a major factor in the costumes also, and no expense has been spared over the years. All materials and decorations have been carefully chosen, designed, lovingly sewn and financed by local Christians.

Lights of Lobethal Christmas Festival: living nativity

Presented nightly in front of the Lutheran Church, Main Street, Lobethal.

First show | 8.50pm – 9.10pm

Second show | 9.20pm – 9.40pm

NOTE: The first performance on opening night is later as it follows the fireworks display which is at 9pm

Light Trails | 9 – 31 December 2018 | nightly from dusk til 11pm

For your convenience and to improve traffic flow, we suggest you follow the Light Trail map colours to view the Lights of Lobethal. The Light Trails are prominently highlighted with specific colours making your driving easier, however, feel free to discover more lights down other streets of Lobethal where you may discover other wonderful light displays.

Lobethal Pageant Night | Sunday 23 December 2018 | Main Street closed from 6pm – 10pm

Lobethal’s Main Street comes to life on Saturday 23 December as the community (and Santa!) joins in with the Christmas spirit through participation and support of the annual Christmas Pageant Parade.  On this night, the Main Street will be closed to all traffic from 6.00pm – 10pm, with the pageant parade starting officially at 7.30pm.

There are lots of food stalls and a fantastic festival atmosphere with Centennial Hall open for all your last minute gift ideas.

This is the final night to see the Living Nativity for 2018

This is a Family Event. Please leave your drinks at home, and keep it a Dry Zone.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the official Lights of Lobethal website.

What Lights of Lobethal Festival

When Sunday 9 December – Monday 31 December 2018

Where:  Lobethal, Adelaide Hills| map

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.

Image Source: Lights of Lobethal website and Play & Go


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