West End Brewery Christmas Riverbank Lights Display cancelled in 2020
It has been announced that the iconic West End Brewery Christmas Riverbank Lights Display will not go ahead in 2020.
This annual event is a family tradition for many and has been running for 60 years. Delighting thousands of families who would gather along the banks of the River Torrens at night to see the display, it will not be happening this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The lack of sufficient space along the paths and viewing platforms to allow for social-distancing is the main reason.
The Brewery lights began humbly in 1959 with a Father Christmas and tree and many extra features have been added over the years including a merry-go-round, Vulcan, Ferris Wheel, bonbons with ‘Merry Christmas’ written in 16 different languages on them, a fountain, Old Mother Hubbard, the Wizard of Oz, toy stack, Moby Dick, Jack in the box, nativity inn, and also a beer truck with a Christmas tree on top.
Adelaide’s West End brewery to close
Lion, the owner of Adelaide’s West End brewery, have also announced they will stop brewing beer at the Thebarton site in June 2021. Lion has blamed falling beer sales caused by consumers choosing other drinks, such as wine, and the rise in popularity of craft beers, and then the coronavirus pandemic hitting draught beer sales. The West End brewery sits on an 8-hectare site on Port Road at Thebarton and is now an opportunity for developers. It is hoped the annual Christmas lights display will continue in the future, however this will depend on what happens with the site once Lion close.