Christmas in Adelaide – Top 10 Things to See and Do
Christmas time brings a sense of wonder and excitement to little people as the big day draws near. For this magical time of year, we’ve put together a list of the best Christmas things to see and do, and places to go around Adelaide that are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.
In our guide you will find:
Top 10 Fun Family Things to do and See at Christmas
What’s on at Christmas
Christmas Gift Ideas
TOP 10 THINGS TO DO AND SEE AT CHRISTMAS
A list of the top 10 fun, family friendly experiences around Adelaide to make your Christmas extra special.
Top 10 family fun things to do this Christmas in Adelaide:
CHRISTMAS WINDOWS, RUNDLE MALL
Rundle Mall is set to sparkle again this Christmas with the installation of their delightful window displays, bringing Christmas cheer to those shopping, socialising and sightseeing in the Mall until the New Year. Completely free to view, there are ten gorgeous window displays to enjoy.
GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE – VICTORIA SQUARE/TARNTANYANGGA
Head into the city via the tram, train or park in the Adelaide Central Market carpark and watch a 15 minute light display on the Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square. The tree will light up every night at 8.00pm during the Christmas season. Kids will also love running through the water fountain on warm evenings, so pack a spare change of clothes!
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AROUND ADELAIDE
There’s nothing quite like seeing neighbourhood houses all sparkling and lit up with Christmas lights in the lead up to Christmas, especially when entire streets get involved. It’s a lovely display of community spirit and we expect lots of suburbs to go the extra mile this year. Plus, its free for all to enjoy! See our guide of the Best Streets to see Christmas lights around Adelaide.
ADELAIDE’S CHRISTMAS CRACKER TRAIL
Download the Christmas Cracker Trail app and go into the city to find hidden surprises this festive season! There are 14 Christmas activities waiting to be discovered across the CBD and North Adelaide, revealing Christmas quizzes, jokes, badges to collect, selfie filters and augmented reality experiences. This is one of many fun family events happening across the city as part of Adelaide’s Christmas Festival.
LIGHTS OF LOBETHAL
The Lights of Lobethal Festival is back in 2021 with the lights to officially switch on Sunday 12 December. Created by the community of Lobethal, this much loved Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over sixty years.
WEST END BREWERY RIVERBANK CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY
The iconic West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Lights Display will go ahead in 2021 at Thebarton with a shortened duration due to COVID restrictions. There will be 4 sessions per nights from Monday 13 December until Christmas Day inclusive. Bookings essential.
PHOTOS WITH SANTA IN THE CITY
Until Christmas Eve, families can visit Father Christmas in a safe environment at the Magic Cave in David Jones or Myer’s Santaland. Online bookings are essential at both venues.
CHERRY PICKING – PICK YOUR OWN CHERRIES
Cherries! There’s nothing that says summer more than when fresh, juicy, sweet, local cherries are finally available. When the cherry season arrives it reminds us that Christmas is near. There are numerous locations in the Adelaide Hills and around the Fleurieu Peninsula where families can enjoy cherry picking and buying direct from cherry shed door sales. The season is from late November to January.
Santa’s Wonderland is a magical Christmas wonderland with rides, spectacular Christmas stage shows, a magnificent ice skating rink, tobogganing slides and a Christmas activity trail. At the Adelaide Showground 3-24 December 2021.
GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE AT THE STATE LIBRARY
This year the magic of Christmas comes to the Mortlock Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. There is something for everyone to see and discover, from the largest indoor Christmas tree in Adelaide, to fascinating and fun displays of all things Christmas from the collections of the State Library of South Australia.
WHAT’S ON AT CHRISTMAS
There are so many fantastic Christmas events happening around Adelaide including free photos with Santa, shows, festivals, markets and more.
Find out what’s on around Adelaide at Christmas:
FUN FREE CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES AT ADELAIDE ARCADE
If you are looking for some fun, festive and FREE activities that the whole family can enjoy, Adelaide Arcade has you covered.
Everyone looks forward to when the Adelaide Arcade Christmas decorations go up, and this year we have some fantastic new additions. Make sure you look up and take in the red and white hot air balloons floating through the Arcade delivering gifts.
Collect a Christmas Trail brochure on arrival from the Christmas brochure stands located at each entrance of the Arcade and follow the clues! Can you guess all of them?
Christmas Photo Stand
Take a photo with the kid’s faces at the new Christmas photo stand. There is a different picture on each side – Santa’s workshop and the gingerbread house. Which one will you choose? We love seeing your photos, so don’t forget to tag Adelaide Arcade!
Vote & Win! Christmas Window Competition
Enjoy a magical stroll around the Arcade as our businesses light up their windows this Christmas for all to enjoy! We may be biased, but we think our businesses have come up with some amazing creative displays. From Friday 3 December, you can vote for your favourite Adelaide Arcade Christmas window for the chance to win a $250 Adelaide Arcade voucher. You can enter your vote by scanning the QR code on participating shop windows or fill out an entry form and place it in the entry box located in the centre of the Arcade.
The competition closes Monday 20 December 2021.
Adelaide Arcade Tea Rooms
The famous underground tea rooms in Adelaide Arcade has been transformed into Santa’s workshop. Have a look through the glass floor to see Santa’s elves working on getting your gifts ready for Christmas.
High-Spirits Harmony, an award-winning women’s a cappella singing group, will be performing your favourite Christmas carols every Saturday in December at 11am and 1pm.
Adelaide Arcade has you sorted with Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! Make sure you visit their wonderful retailers for handcrafted jewellery, homewares, gifts, games, puzzles, fashion, beauty and quirky finds. They have taken the hassle out of finding the perfect gift with our carefully curated Christmas gift guide. You can pick up a gift guide from the Christmas brochure stands.
FREE SANTA PHOTOS AT CHURCHILL CENTRE
Have a free pic with the jolly man at Churchill Centre Thursday 16 – Tuesday 21 December. For session times and more visit churchillcentre.com.au No bookings required. Check-in and social distancing measures apply.
AND don’t forget to visit Little Chicago Express, Adelaide’s largest and FREE indoor Shopping Centre playground! Located in the Food Court. Check churchillcentre.com.au/opening-hours/ for playground opening hours.
With over 50 speciality stores including Kmart, Coles, ALDI, Cheap as Chips and Priceline, Churchill Centre has everything you need and so much more this holiday season all under the one roof with plenty of FREE parking.
Eat, drink, shop and play at Churchill Centre, Churchill Road, Kilburn
CLELAND CHRISTMAS CHEER
Christmas is coming to Cleland!
In the lead up to Christmas Cleland will have a number of activities to help you get into the festive spirit. Go and meet Lofty the Koala – Santa’s special Aussie helper, or enjoy Christmas songs and stories on the lawn. You can also follow the Christmas Clue Trail to find the hidden Christmas koalas around the park.
Cleland is also running a one-off Wildification on the 15 December so you can leave the kids while you finish your last-minute Christmas jobs! They’ll ensure your little elves have a day full of games, scavenger hunts, animals, and nature-based activities.
Don’t forget the Cleland gift shop is full of locally sourced options for the nature lover in your family. Can’t decide? A range of Cleland Wildlife Park gift vouchers are now available just in time for Christmas. From one-off day passes to yearly memberships there is something for everyone.
- Meet Lofty the Koala – every weekday | 13 – 23 December between 12-12.30pm
- Stories and songs on the lawn | 20 – 23 December at 10.30am
- Christmas Clue Trail – available all day | 13 – 23 December 2021
Welcome to FunXmas where A Funbelievable Christmas awaits
Funtopia have everything you need for the ultimate Christmas Experience!
Visit Santa in their Christmas Cave and get your photo taken.
- Have a cheeky ride or two on their fancy outdoor amusement rides.
- Brand new Funtopia showbags ready and waiting for you to purchase.
- Get creative in their Christmas corner with your little ones.
- Have your face painted while you’re visiting.
Friday 17 & and Saturday 18 December 2021 | 10am – 2pm
CHRISTMAS TIME AT MELBA’S
Christmas has arrived at Melba’s and we couldn’t be more excited!
Make plans to visit Melba’s Factory from now until Christmas Eve and join in on the Christmas cheer! From their festive decorations to a delicious range of Christmas gifts, there’s something for everyone!
And from 17 – 23 December they kick off their late-night trading, which means they’ll be open from 9 am – 10 pm so you’ll have plenty of time to get all your Christmas shopping done. The best part is they will even have Garden Games set up on the front lawn PLUS FREE Facepainting, FREE Balloon Twisting, and FREE Santa Visits for the kids to keep them entertained! Plus Uz Gözleme and Wood Oven Express will also be set up out the front of the Factory for you to enjoy their yummy creations!
For all the details you need to know when planning your visit, check out their website.
MONSKI MOUSE’S CHRISTMAS BABY DISCO DANCE HALL
Tis the season to Baby Disco! Direct from Christmas in Leicester Square London, and Birmingham Town Hall, to Adelaide!
It’s time to rock around the Christmas tree with DJ Monski Mouse and her fabulous dancers in this friendliest of discos that lets parents and 0-5s loose on the dance floor.
With sell-out shows at festivals around the world, find out why Monski Mouse is ‘a hit with all under the age of five’ (Edinburgh Festivals Magazine).
This special Christmas version of the show will feature some Christmas favourites, tinsel and musical surprises so that you can treat your loved ones to a seasonal family dance.
Presented by City of Adelaide. Dates: 12 December 2021, 11am & 1pm | Adelaide Town Hall, Main Auditorium, 128 king William Street, Adelaide | Tickets: General Admisssion $15 | 0-5’s $5 | Family Ticket $35
GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS
If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas, why not try giving the gift of experience for the special people in your life. There are gift ideas for all ages and they’re bound to create special memories.
Find some great Christmas Gift Ideas below plus special offers and a fantastic holiday competition.
GIVE GUARANTEED FUN THIS YEAR WITH AN AFL MAX GIFT CARD!
Create memories this Christmas and have something to look forward to, when you give an AFL Max gift card!
With 6 different zones to experience, their state-of-the-art facility will ensure the kids are entertained for hours! Footy-mad or not, there’s fun for everyone at Max.
Soar to new heights on the trampolines of the Aerial Zone, or bounce around on the inflatables in the Bump Zone. Test your climbing skills as you reach the top of the rock climbing walls in the Climb Zone and even sharpen up on your kicking, passing and tackling skills and the Test and Tackle Zone. If video games are more your thing then come and get your game on in the Interactive Zone!
Fun for the whole family, Gift Cards are the perfect Christmas gift – Valid for 3 years, come into Max to pick up, or order from the website!
CITY OF ADELAIDE FREE STAYCATION OFFER
Surprise your family with a city staycation!
What better gift than a free city staycation for your family? The City of Adelaide are giving one lucky family a staycation prize worth $1300 in their Christmas competition! Stay at the Intercontinental Hotel, enjoy a tour of the city with EcoCaddy, enjoy a bit of shopping at Dymocks and taste the rainbow at Uniqorn Eats. To enter, simply fill in your details here. Entries close 11.59pm 15 December 2021.
DOLPHIN SANCTUARY KAYAK TOURS
There’s no better gift than the gift of Australia! Even better when it is right in your own backyard.
Summer is family holiday season so why not have fun and experience something new together. Join this family friendly kayak tour where you can get up close and personal with resident dolphins, paddle your way through calm and peaceful creeks lined with mangroves that have been there for over 10,000 years. There is also the opportunity to paddle past some spectacular shipwrecks, relics of a bygone era and see migratory sea birds. All this and only 30 minutes from Adelaide CBD. It is a family experience you will treasure forever.
Participants don’t need any prior kayaking experience and it is all done at a comfortable pace – children do need to be 7 years and older to participate and will be in a double kayak with an adult. Gift vouchers are available.
HOYTS GIFT CARDS
Need a present ASAP? HOYTS Gift Cards deliver anywhere, anytime and can be redeemed for movie tickets, candy bar items and even merchandise!
Don’t waste your time going from store to store. Make Christmas shopping easy this year with a HOYTS Gift Card. Forget chocolate and pyjamas. Give the gift of action, adventure, romance, and delicious HOYTS popcorn.
With tonnes of blockbusters on the way, now is the perfect time to grab a HOYTS Gift Card and call it a day!
Upcoming releases for December and January include Disney’s Encanto, Dune, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sing 2, Spiderman: No Way Home, West Side Story, The Matrix: Resurrections, House of Gucci, The Kings Man and so much more!
Stretch your Gift Card further and sign up to a HOYTS Rewards VIP Membership. Get up to 25% off on tickets, 10% off on Candy Bar items plus HOYTS Points and FREE popcorn refills! Find out more online here.
Pick your Gift Card up at HOYTS Tea Tree Plaza, HOYTS Norwood, HOYTS Salisbury, HOYTS Arndale or online at the HOYTS Gift Store.
JINX FAMILY PARTY GAME – THE VILLAGE CO.
Play with purpose and add the family party game JINX to your Christmas shopping list this year to support the work of the Village Co.
The Village Co. is a not-for-profit organisation passionate about seeing all South Australian new mothers, regardless of background, encouraged and supported as they begin the life-changing experience of becoming a new parent.
The JINX game has been launched as a fundraiser to empower disadvantaged new mums through The Village Co.’s bag-gifting program which provides essential, practical supplies to struggling new mums and their babies.
JINX will be available to purchase in select South Australian Terry White Chemmart pharmacies, for a limited time from 13 December for $29.99
The Fantastic Factory and The Healthy Collective, are the major benefactors behind the JINX venture.
In a win for the Village Co., the community will also be able to directly donate new products at 33 Terry White Chemmart pharmacies in SA that will be used for gift bags.
@LENSWOOD PICK YOUR OWN APPLES CHRISTMAS GIFT VOUCHERS
Give the gift of experience with a Christmas Gift Voucher for Pick Your Own Apples at @Lenswood Pick Your Own. They have a variety of affordable vouchers designed for families, couples, Kris Kringle or any occasion. Their family vouchers are only $25 for entry for 4 people, 4kg of picked apples and either emailed or posted to you.
Their apple orchard is located in Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills on 23 acres of land with beautiful views and fresh air surrounded by vineyards, nature and the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Apple picking season commences in late Feb and finishes in late May – they will be open throughout the entire season. Check their website, Facebook and Instagram channels to stay up to date with opening times and dates. They have many different varieties of apples available at different times throughout the season.
They also have easy car parking onsite, their own toilets (no gross port – a – loos) and coffee and food available. All of the farm equipment will be on display for kids and adults to have a look at and you can even meet the growers who will be there to help you understand how commercial apples are grown.
All you have to do is visit their website www.atlenswood.com.au pick which voucher you would like and email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know – they will sort out the rest!
Gift the kids or the adventure-loving adults in your family a voucher to TreeClimb for a day in the trees.
You can send an electronic gift card with an attached message or have a physical gift card posted out, or you can pick one up from their Adelaide CBD venue. Choose from a range of gift cards on offer or create your own value gift card.
TreeClimb has courses for the smaller children (100cm +) with 3 levels of adventure. Each one ends in a zip-line, and is full of obstacles for your little ones to navigate at their own pace. Every climber has a different ability and their staff are trained to help them move through the course, build confidence and develop new skills.
Adults don’t climb this one, they can however follow the whole way along from ground level or grab a seat with a good view and enjoy a coffee or two while the kids fly overhead.
For the more confident tweens, teens and adults (above 135cm) who are ready to head to new heights (literally!) the Grand Course is for you. Made up of 5 smaller courses, The Grand Course will be sure to test your boundaries. Filled with a range of obstacles including ziplines, a rock climbing wall and MORE!
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: Play & Go/Christmas Tree Farm Facebook page/City of Adelaide
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