Magic Cave Adelaide

Christmas in Adelaide

Please note: Bookings are now at capacity. 

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas at David Jones, Adelaide Central Plaza, as the iconic Magic Cave welcomes Father Christmas for 2021. From November 25, the Magic Cave will greet visitors young and old for an unforgettable festive experience.

Create memories that last a lifetime and enjoy all the Magic Cave has to offer. A Christmas tradition for many, watch as children delight in the twinkling fairy lights, the snow forest trees and marvel at old favourites such as the vintage carousel, fairy-tale creatures and animated displays. The chance to meet Father Christmas is sure to put a smile on their faces!

The Magic Cave is an Adelaide icon and began its association with John Martin’s, another department store, in 1896.  Mr Edward Waterfield Hayward – then owner of the John Martin & Company Limited, established the ‘Magic Cave’. It was a Christmas fantasy world, to support children’s cultural heritage and provide a joyful community Christmas experience.

This year, all Christmas photos will be captured in a beautiful setting, ‘Christmas of Dreams’, inspired by the night-time travels Father Christmas embarks on when delivering his gifts. Photo packages will start from $23.95 and be made available with limited waiting time after the photos are taken.

In line with COVID-safe measures, bookings are essential to have a meet and greet with Father Christmas, and Father Christmas will be wearing a mask and seated separately to families for physical distancing. His elves will also be physically distanced.

David Jones will be working closely with The Starlight Foundation in 2021 and has very generously donated funds to help the charity grant wishes for the thousands of children experiencing hospitalisation and serious illness in Australia. For customers wishing to show their support, there will be donation points set up online and in-store.

Father Christmas will make the Magic Cave his second home from November 25 until Christmas Eve.


The Magic Cave is now booked to capacity for 2021!

Location: David Jones, Level 2, Adelaide Central Plaza, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

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