Loxton Lights Festival | Christmas in Loxton | 25 Nov – 31 Dec 2023

Loxton is the home of Christmas in the Riverland.  Every year the Loxton Lights Festival gets bigger and better than the last and in 2023 they’re back once again.

Christmas is a magical time, full of enchantment, celebration and family. Now in its 32nd year, the Loxton Lights Festival will once again showcase the joyous festive season for locals and visitors alike.

An enormous Christmas tree dazzles in the heart of town and from there, large clusters of residential streets feature homes adorned with over 400 illuminated Christmas scenes, paintings and coloured light displays. Explore the Riverland’s best shopping strip – East Terrace. Browse the diverse range of specialty shops, with many independent, family-run small businesses giving you a unique Christmas shopping experience.


Saturday 25 November 2023

Light Up Day marks the beginning of the Loxton Lights Festival, traditionally the town’s biggest party of the year.

Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit as they celebrate Light Up Day with free entertainment, twilight markets, music and lots of activities. Children can visit Santa, collect free goodies on the Reindeer Road and join in Christmas craft. Loxton’s vibrant main street will be closed to traffic from 3pm but shops will stay open into the evening until 8.30pm.



A fantastic fireworks display will light up Loxton to start the Lights Festival with a bang.  Free family entertainment on the main stage at 8pm leads up to the grand finale, a spectacular fireworks display on the banks of the Murray River, making Loxton Light Up Day a truly unforgettable event for the whole family. 

Christmas Tree Festival

For over 25 years, the Christmas Tree Festival has been delighting visitors with displays of trees beautifully decorated by local community groups and schools. Every year has a new theme and 2023 is “All Things Bright and Beautiful”.

Entry is by gold coin. Open daily 11am – 4pm from 25 November to 17 December 2023.

Location: SA CWA Hall, Kokoda Terrace.

Community Carols by Candlelight

The combined churches of Loxton invites the community to join them and sing along to your favourite carols at the Loxton Oval. BYO chairs and rugs, or even a picnic dinner.

Sunday 17 December 2023 at 7pm.  Loxton Oval, Bookpurnong Terrace

(Inclement weather venue: Lutheran Peace Hall, 65 Bookpurnong Terrace)


Lights Tour Route

  • Christmas Wonderland
  • Roundabout Christmas Tree and Big Santa
  • Santa’s Walk
  • Christmas Lights Street Displays
  • Loxton Light Show
  • Rotunda and East Terrace
  • Heritage Park


Follow the Loxton Lights Festival Facebook page for regular updates

Loxton is situated in South Australia’s Riverland, a 2½ hour drive east of Adelaide.


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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Loxton Lights Festival website.

What:   Loxton Lights Festival 

When:    25  November – 31 December 2023

Where:  Loxton, South Australia

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: Loxton Lights Festival 


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