It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. It’s CHRISTMAS IN ADELAIDE!

Here at Kids In Adelaide, Christmas isn’t just about presents, decorating Christmas trees & eating too much (though we love those things too!). We think it’s about getting out & about in Adelaide, getting involved in all of the Christmas festivities & starting some family traditions. We have rounded up the best Christmas events across Adelaide & we ho-ho-hope you are on the good list so you can make the most of the festive season with your kids.

From free Christmas events, Pageants, full days out, Carols, Christmas Lights around Adelaide & evening markets, we have all of the best events that will have you jingling all the way across Adelaide & beyond. Book a Santa’s Wonderland session at the Adelaide Showground for rides, ice skating, stage shows & more. No Christmas in Adelaide is complete without a visit with the kids to the Brewery Lights – this is one of many FREE Christmas activities across Adelaide that you can enjoy with the family.

Christmas is all about giving right? A great way to support your local community is to attend a local Carols event or Christmas Pageant. They often feature local community groups, schools & businesses & are a wonderful way to keep in touch with what’s happening in your area. After all, is it really Christmas if your local real estate agent hasn’t thrown lollies at you out of their tinsel adorned car in the Council Pageant? Your kids will love seeing performances from local dance schools or waving to Father Christmas!

So whether you are looking to go all out, or looking for free or local events, look no further than the Kids In Adelaide Christmas Events Guide!  

Santas Wonderland

Santas’s Wonderland is back for another year and it’s a must do as part of the festive celebrations! It features a range of amazing Amusement rides, spectacular Christmas stage shows, magnificent Ice skating rink and Tobogganing slides and the Christmas Activity trail. We also love this event because your ticket is all inclusive, so once your in there’s minimal additional outlay required. 

All the details on this years event dates, times and costs below. 

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Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga Christmas Tree

Each night, from 8pm until 2.30am, the tree will be transformed into a dazzling light display that loops every 10 minutes.
If it’s a warm night, the kids will love having a splash in the Victoria Square fountains too!

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Adelaide Christmas Cracker Trail

An exciting new addition to this year’s Christmas festival, the Christmas Cracker Trail app will surprise and delight.

Download the free app on the Apple or Google Play stores and find hidden surprises across the CBD and North Adelaide. There are 14 Christmas activities waiting to be discovered at iconic locations such as the Mall’s Balls, Town Hall and the Victoria Square Christmas tree, that each reveal Christmas quizzes, jokes, badges to collect, selfie filters, and augmented reality experiences.

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Monski Mouse’s Christmas Baby Disco Dance Hall

Adelaide Town Hall (Main Auditorium), 128 King William Road, 11am – 11.50am and 1pm – 1.50pm

Parents and kids zero to five-years-old can rock around the Christmas tree with DJ Monski Mouse and her fabulous dancers at this family-friendly disco.
Featuring tinsel, Christmas tune favourites, and some musical surprises, it’s sure to be a toe tapping, heart-warming, seasonal family dance! Family tickets are just $35.

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Bauble Canopy

Gorgeous, mesmerising, stunning, beautiful, captivating – there are so many words we could use to describe these art installations by Atelier Sisu.
Also new to the city this year, the two bauble canopies hang above Peel Street and Vaughan Place, reflecting light during the day and lighting up 159 individual baubles at night.
Make sure you check out these spectacular displays during the festive season.

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Santarilla Trail

Follow the Santarilla trail through the southern Adelaide Hills. Use the map online for your Santa spotting expedition. Spreading Christmas fun! Santas are brought to you by the festive and witty residents of Kangarilla and surrounds. This is a FREE event.

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Brewery Lights

YES!!! The iconic Brewery Lights are back in 2021, but for health and safety it will operate a little bit differently!

Since the closure of the brewery in June this year, West End have been working with Coty of West Torrens to ensure the 62 year old tradition continues for many years into the future. Yay! Hosted on the banks of the old West End Brewery at Hindmarsh, this year the lights will be switched on for the public from November 13th.

For the first time ever, you will need to book your visit (it’s FREE) as capacity to sessions will be limited to 500 people per session, with four sessions per night available for one hour time slots.

We are guessing you will need to act very quick to secure this one.

Register for FREE TICKETS HERE. Car parking is available and also free at Adelaide Entertainment Centre.


Civic Park Carols

Civic Park Carols is a community Christmas event hosted by the City of Tea Tree Gully attracting wonderful local artists. Usually held at Civic Park every December, this year will be no different. With pre-entertainment kicking off from late afternoon, the performers AND the crowd will get ready to sing their little hearts out.

Find out all the details on this years event below.

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The Kids in Adelaide Christmas Lights Map

Our MASSIVE Christmas lights map is updated every year and has become one of the biggest and best places to look for Christmas Lights in your area.

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National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant

The National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant has grown to become one of Adelaide’s most cherished events. celebrated every November usually on the second Saturday, it’s every childs dream to watch!  It’s a magical community event featuring fantasy & fairy floats, colourful characters, over 200 clowns, bands, dancers & more! The best part – it’s FREE. 

Check out all the information on this years event below.

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Rundle Mall Magical Window Display

Rundle Mall is the state’s premier retail and lifestyle destination and each festive season is unveils a magical display of 10 individually themed windows along the 520m length of the Mall for shoppers to enjoy. The displays bring to life the traditions of Christmas and reflect the gratitude of a community united by a common cause.

The windows are free for all to see and enjoy along Rundle Mall every day and they also light up in the evenings.

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Lights of Lobethal

The Lobethal Christmas festival has been lighting up the Lobethal Valley in the Adelaide Hills for over sixty years… created by the community of Lobethal. In the true spirit of Christmas, a tradition that 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 Sunday the 30th. There will also be lots of activations throughout the township during the period.

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Are you looking for ADELAIDE’S BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS?  – We’ve made it so easy for you to find the best Christmas light displays in Adelaide with our clickable Map

We have LOADS more Adelaide Christmas Events on our main event calendar below. And if you’d like to list your Adelaide Christmas Event with us, please click here to list your Adelaide Christmas Event with us.

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