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Christmas comes to Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Top 5 ways to celebrate Christmas in South Australia

From brewery Christmas lights to market shopping and carols by candlelight, here's how to celebrate a very South Australian Christmas.

1. A family favourite at the brewery

It wouldn't be Christmas in Adelaide without a trip to the brewery - the West End Brewery lights display that is! Each night from 21 November until 2 January, the banks of the River Torrens in Thebarton come alive with a fabulous Christmas light show. Just a short tram-ride away from the city, the West End Brewery Christmas lights display is an iconic South Australian tradition with its intricate illuminated displays including a nativity scene, water wheel, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, an erupting volcano, ferris wheel and crowd favourite – Moby Dick. 


As well as light displays, there are a range of stalls selling food and drink as well as carnival amusements including a merry-go-round and laughing clowns. Parking is available adjacent at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

West End Brewery Christmas lights display

West End Brewery Christmas lights display is on until 2 January, 2017.


2. lights, camera, action

Every year, the charming Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal comes alive with twinkling Christmas lights. For more than sixty years, Lobethal locals have lit up their homes and businesses in what has become the largest community Christmas light display in the Southern Hemisphere. Light trails are set up around town to make sure you get the most out of your trip. Drive yourself or jump on a bus! 


Throughout town you’ll also find stalls, markets, events and Christmas performances. Lights are switched on from 11 December until 31 December, nightly, so there’s plenty of time to make the trip. In nearby Woodside, stock up on Christmas sweets at Melba's Chocolate Factory. It's open from 9am-4.30pm seven days a week.  

Lights of Lobethal Festival, Adelaide Hills

Lights of Lobethal Festival starts 11 December.


3. shop 'til you drop

You can't go past the Adelaide Central Market for all your Christmas shopping food and gourmet products. If you're not sure where the markets are located, just look for the giant Father Christmas who's made himself home above the Grote Street entrance. Extended trading hours means there's even more time to gather all your Christmas goodies. 


Stroll down to Rundle Mall and get all your gift shopping done in one go with extended trading hours and exclusive Boxing Day sales. 

Adelaide Central Market

Stock up on fresh produce, meat and seafood at the Adelaide Central Market - great all year round but especially at Christmas.


4. sing loud and proud
The biggest carols night in South Australia - Woolworths Carols by Candlelight in Elder Park was held on 11 December, but there are many other community and regional carols nights that will have you singing your favourite Christmas songs right up to Christmas Eve. See the full list events.
Fireworks after Carols by Candlelight

Fireworks will light up the sky after Carols by Candlelight in Elder Park, on the banks of the River Torrens.


5. say hi to santa

An Adelaide tradition now for decades, Father Christmas takes up residence at the Magic Cave in David Jones after the Credit Union Christmas Pageant officially marked the start of the festive season on 12 November. To avoid queues, book a time online to secure your spot to have a quiet chat with Father Christmas and a photo to cherish the memory forever. 

Father Christmas at the 2016 Credit Union Christmas Pageant

Father Christmas arrived in Adelaide on 12 November and can now be visited at the Magic Cave at David Jones.

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