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Lobethal Lights Festival
12/12/2021 - 31/12/2021Free
12 – 31 December
The Lights of Lobethal have been an intrinsic part of the community for over 70 years, when local business owners hand- painted light bulbs with paint, thinned down with turpentine, to decorate their shops and businesses. What began as a simple tradition by local businesses and homeowners to spread the true meaning and joy of Christmas throughout the Lobethal community soon started attracting visitors from surrounding towns, Adelaide and eventually, the world.
Lobethal Lights Fast Facts
- Did you know that the Lights of Lobethal are the largest community Christmas light display in the southern hemisphere?
- Did you know they’ve been happening since the early 1950’s
- In the early 1990’s it became a festival all of it’s own. The Lights of Lobethal Festival with markets, performances and activities organised over the 10 days.
- Did you know over 700 houses participate
- 2015 was one of the biggest years on record for the festival where over 250,000 people visited Lobethal!
Today the Lights of Lobethal presented by RAA not only encompasses the spectacular festive light displays but also shines with a calendar of events and attractions that draw on the tradition and history of this iconic and much-loved event. This tradition quickly spread to residents and today about 80 per cent of all homes and businesses in the village “light up” for Christmas making this festival the largest Community Christmas Light display in the Southern Hemisphere.
Driving the streets of Lobethal this time of year is an essential festive pilgrimage making for the perfect date night or family tradition. There are so many decorated homes to discover that will evoke childhood wonder and make memories for life. There are penguins, elves, Christmas dragons, Father Christmas riding a motorbike, Christmas sleighs and reindeers galore! Not to mention the town’s special new addition two-metre tall Koko koala who has been generously donated by Costco long with Dusty the Snow Man. Koko and Dusty are part of the Lobethal Lights committee’s new lending program and will be moving around throughout the festival so make sure you keep an eye out for them!
Not to be missed is a visit to local town heroes Bill and Peg’s house on 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal who have once again outdone themselves with over 50,000 lights twinkling into the night. Make sure you walk their veranda and enjoy peering into their spectacular Christmas windows with miniature Christmas villages and other Christmas treasures collected over a lifetime.
What’s On in 2021
Lights On & Carols Sing-Along – Opening Night
12TH of December 2021
Twilight Christmas Markets
Sat 18TH + Sun 19TH of December 2021 4pm – 10pm, Fabrik Arts + Heritage
23RD of December 2021
Kids in Adelaide Lights of Lobethal Tips
1) Have dinner in Lobethal. Support the local eateries on Main Street before you hit up the lights. If you get there to eat around 7ish, the timing should be spot on to look at the lights for dusk at 8:30pm
2) Park at the top near Lobethal Bakery and walk down to explore the town. We found more parking up that end, but you really can’t go wrong which way you start.
3) Food trucks are scattered down Main Street. There isn’t a huge range, so unless you want a hot dog and donuts, plan your meal at a venue in town.
4) Bill and Peg’s house at 5 Christmas Lane is the must see house, but due to Covid restrictions they have a 30 person limit on the property so expect to line up. Took us an hour on opening night and it might be longer as we get closer to Christmas. It is a beautiful display however.
5) If markets are your thing, they are only on December 18 and 19, so book that one in the calendar. There are no other stalls or displays down Main Street of note apart from the nativity, which isn’t a live show anymore.