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The Best Christmas Festivals Across Australia - 2019

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Published November 6th 2019
The ultimate Christmas celebration festival list
Celebrate this Christmas festive season with the list below of free & ticketed Best Christmas festivals & events that will be happening across Australia.

New South Wales:

1. Christmas in the City
When: Saturday, 23 November 2019: 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place, Sydney
Cost: Free
Details: Sydney City will come alive with Christmas festivities with a massive street party featuring entertainment, roaming performers, roller-skating baubles, magicians, pop-ups, performances, shows, art & craft, Christmas carol concerts, light decorations, dance floor, the Martin Place Christmas Tree sound & light show (every 15mins from 7:30pm), firework displays, kids entertainment, activities, visit from Santa, Santa stockings for sale $5 each (proceeds go to charity partner Surf Life Saving NSW), Christmas shopping opportunities, food stalls & trucks, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Sydney Facebook


2. Central Coast Christmas Fair
When: Sunday, 1 December 2019: 9am-2pm
Where: Mount Penang Gardens, Kangoo Rd, Kariong
Cost: Gold coin entry
Details: The Central Coast's favourite Christmas event will be returning this December and it will showcase massive Christmas festivities with family-friendly entertainment, live music all day, kid's zones, amusement & carnival rides, licensed pop-up bars, food stalls & trucks, art & craft stalls, international food zones, wine pop-ups, market stalls, visit from Santa, circus games, Christmas workshops, puppet shows, face painting, magicians, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from The Christmas Fair Mount Penang Gardens Facebook


3. Medowie Christmas Carnival
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: 4pm-9pm
Where: Ferodale Sports Complex, 36 Ferodale Rd, Medowie
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas Carnival will feature Christmas festivities, entertainment, amusement & carnival rides, carefully-curated artisan market stalls, gourmet food stalls, live music, performances, shows, acts, demonstrations, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Medowie Christmas Carniva Facebook


4. Christmas in the Hills
When: Wednesday, 11 December 2019: 4pm-9pm
Where: Bella Vista Farm Park, Baulkham Hills
Cost: Free & ticketed- see website.
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will feature non-stop entertainment, Christmas carol concerts, food stalls & trucks, amusement & carnival rides, firework displays, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas In The Hills Facebook


5. Carols by the Sea
When: Wednesday, 11 December 2019: 4:30pm-8pm
Where: Bondi Park, Bondi Beach
Cost: Free
Details; There will be plenty of Christmas festivities at this Christmas event with entertainment, kid's activities, Christmas tunes and carol concerts, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Waverley Council Facebook


6. Woolworths Carols in the Domain
When: Saturday, 21 December 2019
Where: The Domain, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney
Cost: Free & ticketed- Tickets range from $40-$145pp & per family tickets
Details: Sydney's much loved and massive Christmas event will be returning this December and it will feature a massive lineup of entertainment, live performances from a variety of artists, celebrity appearances, concerts featuring carols and Christmas songs, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Woolworths Carols in the Domain Facebook


Queensland:

1. Bush Christmas
When: Wednesday, 27 November 2019- 6 December 2019
Where: Bush Christmas Exhibition, 58 Neil St, Toowoomba
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will showcase Christmas exhibitions, displays, art & craft, Christmas shopping opportunities, gourmet products, pop-ups, stalls, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Bush Christmas Exhibition Facebook


2. Laidley Christmas Street Festival
When: Friday, 29 November 2019: 5:30pm-8pm
Where: Patrick St, Laidley
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities at this Christmas festival. There will be entertainment, activities, market stalls, displays, visit from Santa, face painting, circus acts, performances, roaming performers, kid's activities, food trucks & stalls, emergency services displays, jumping castle, ham wheel, and more. Click here for the website.

3. Lighting up Cooroy's Studio Steel Christmas Tree
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: From 6:45pm
Where: Maple St, Cooroy
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of family-friendly Christmas festivities, including entertainment, Christmas window displays, Lighting of the Christmas Tree, family practice shop window trail, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas in Cooroy Facebook


4. Rosewood Lions Street Christmas Carnival
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: 6pm-9pm
Where: John St, Rosewood
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a massive lineup of Christmas festivities, including entertainment, activities, amusement & carnival rides, market stalls, raffles, games, pop-ups, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lions Club of Rosewood Inc. Facebook


5. Brisbane Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 4pm-8:30pm
Where: City Botanic Gardens, Riverstage, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Details: Experience the joy of the Christmas festive season with entertainment, carol concerts, performances and more. Click here for the website.

6. Burpengary Christmas Spectacular
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 4pm-9pm
Where: Burpengary Showground, 111 Station Rd, Burpengary
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will showcase entertainment, Christmas carol concerts, activities, firework displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Burpengary Christmas Spectacular Facebook


7. Christmas by Starlight
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Where: Norm Price Park, Redland Showgrounds, Redlands
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will feature some of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers, concerts, performances, entertainment, activities, amusement & carnival rides, Christmas carols, food & drink stalls, market stalls, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Redland City Council Facebook


8. Christmas by the Sea
When: Sunday, 17 December 2019: 4:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas Festival will be a Christmas wonderland with entertainment, activities, Santa photo opportunities, face painting, baby animal petting zoo, art & craft, jumping castle, kid's activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas By The Sea Facebook


9. Sandstone Point Hotel Christmas Carnival
When: Saturday, 21 December 2019: From 12pm
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Rd, Sandstone
Cost: See website for ticket pricing.
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, Christmas carol concerts, firework displays, food & drink stalls, amusement & carnival rides, live music, visit from Santa, market stalls, silent night singing performances, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Sandstone Point Hotel Facebook


Victoria:

1. Santa's Magical Kingdom
When: Sunday, 22 November 2019- 29 December 2019
Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield East
Cost: See website.
Details: Experience the magic of Christmas with entertainment, interactive walk-through adventure land, international Christmas Show, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Santa's Magical Kingdom Facebook


2. Shared Christmas Party
When: Friday, 22 November 2019: 6:30pm-11pm
Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South
Cost: $149pp
Details: This adults-only Christmas event will showcase Christmas festivities with an all-inclusive event featuring entertainment, canapés, two-course dinner menu, unlimited beverages, animal experiences, including safari ride and a Hippo encounter. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoo Events Facebook


3. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
When: Wednesday, 30 November 2019: 5pm-10pm
Where: Davey St, Frankston
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will feature plenty of festive celebrations with entertainment, activities, Christmas light shows, enchanted Christmas themes, displays, visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus, amusement & carnival rides, market stalls, shows, performances, live theatre experiences, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Market, food trucks & stalls, pop-ups, roaming performers, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights Facebook


4. Briagolong Christmas
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: From 5:30pm
Where: Briagolong Recreation Reserve, Briagolong Rd, Briagolong
Cost: Free
Details: This family-friendly Christmas event will feature Christmas celebrations with entertainment, activities, market stalls, displays, jumping castles, food & drinks stalls, pop-up, Christmas shopping opportunities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Briagolong Christmas Festival Facebook


5. Christmas Monster Market
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 8:30am-1:30pm
Where: Yarrawonga Foreshore, Yarrawonga
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a massive range of market stalls, carnival rides, petting zoo, roaming performers, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Annual Family Fun Carnival & Christmas Monster Markets Facebook


6. Garfield Christmas Festival
When: Friday, 13 December 2019
Where: Terrace Lawns, Civic Centre, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a massive lineup of entertainment, activities, Christmas festivities, live acoustic music acts, firework displays, food stalls, late-night street market stalls, choir singing, visit from Santa, open bar, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Garfield Christmas Festival Facebook


7. Children Christmas Festival
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019
Where: The Bridge Mall, Ballarat
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, visit from Santa, art & craft extravaganza, Christmas art workshops, jumping castles, activities, giant mega double slide, inflatables, amusements, games, and more. Click here for the website.

South Australia:

1. Loxton Lights Festival
When: Saturday, 30 November 2019- 31 December 2019
Where: Loxton
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas Event will showcase Christmas festivities, entertainment, Christmas light displays, activities, pop-ups, over 400 unique hand-painted Christmas scenes, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Loxton Lights Facebook


2. Santa's Wonderland
When: Friday, 6-24 December 2019
Where: Mobara Park, Mawson Lakes
Cost: Tickets range from $30.95-$45pp
Details: This Christmas event will feature Christmas festivities with entertainment, activities, unlimited rides, jumping castle zones, Christmas Activity Trail, show bags, Christmas stage shows, ice skating, tobogganing, 3 inflatables, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Santas Wonderland Facebook


3. Campbelltown Christmas Parade & Carols in the Park
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019
Where: Campbelltown
Cost: Free
Details: There will be Christmas entertainment, activities, Carols in the Park, The Christmas parade, performances, visit from Santa, food stalls, and more. Click here for the website.

4. Adelaide Carols by Candlelight
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 2pm-8:30pm
Where: Elder Park, Adelaide
Cost: Free or donations appreciated
Details: This Christmas event is South Australia's largest Christmas Concert, and it will feature entertainment, carol concerts, and visit from Santa. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Adelaide Carols by Candlelight Facebook


5. Port Pirie Christmas Pageant & Christmas in the Park
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 5:30pm-10pm
Where: Port Pirie
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will showcase entertainment, market stalls, pop-ups, food & drink stalls, live music, amusement & carnival rides, Santa's Photo Booth, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Port Pirie Christmas Pageant Facebook


6. Goolwa Christmas Festival
When: Sunday, 15 December 2019
Where: Goolwa Oval, Goolwa
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, activities, Christmas carol concerts, and visit from Santa, firework displays, Christmas Street parade, and more. Click here for the website.

7. Christmas in Kadina
When: Monday, 16 December 2019
Where: Victoria Square and Graves St, Kadina
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event will showcase entertainment, activities, Christmas Pageant, Christmas Carols in Victoria Square, food & drinks stalls, pop-ups, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Western Australia:

1. Albany Christmas Festival & Pageant
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019
Where: Albany CBD, Albany
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas event is one of the biggest events in the region and it will showcase plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, family-friendly activities, roaming performers, food stalls, and local live music, Pageant featuring up to 45 floats and walking community groups, demonstrations, and more. Click here for the website.

2. Victoria Quay Christmas Carnival
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 3pm-9pm
Where: Victoria Quay, Fremantle
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a jam-packed program filled with Christmas festivities, entertainment, live music, carnival & amusement rides, food stalls & trucks, visit from Santa, face painting, workshops, Elf Show, giant bubbles, market stalls, roaming performers, performances, acts, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Fremantle Ports Facebook


3. York Christmas Festival
When: Saturday, 7-12 Dec ember 2019: 4pm-9pm
Where: York
Cost: Free
Details: There will Christmas entertainment, visit from Santa, market stalls, dunking machine, games, petting animal farm, kid's activities, Christmas Lights Show, displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from York Building Supplies Facebook


4. Santa's Christmas Carnival
When: Sunday, 8-12 December 2019: 10am-4:30pm
Where: Claremont Showgrounds, 1 Graylands Rd, Claremont
Cost: $35pp- tickets include unlimited access to carnival rides.
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas entertainment, extraordinary amusements, carnival rides, carnival & Christmas festivities, activities, performances, shows, extreme motocross stunt shows, displays, demonstrations, face painting, petting animal farm, roving performers, water playground, dinosaur park, visit from Santa at 10:50am, VIP area, and more. Click here for the website.

5. Christmas on the Terrace
When: Thursday, 12 December 2019: 5pm-10:30pm
Where: Marine Terrace, Geraldton
Cost: Free
Details: There will be Christmas celebrations, entertainment, live music, activities, food stalls, market stalls, Christmas shopping opportunities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from City of Greater Geraldton Facebook


Tasmania:

1. Devonport Christmas Parade
When: Friday, 6 December 2019
Where: Byard Park & Devonport Oval, Devonport
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a Christmas festivities, entertainment, visit from Santa, floats, community walking groups, and more. The Parade will start and finish at Byard Park, travelling along James Street, Victoria Parade, Bluff Road, and Clements Street, from 6:30pm. There will also be a Christmas Market at Devonport Oval from 4pm-8pm. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Devonport Events Facebook


2. Geeveston Christmas Parade
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 6pm-9pm
Where: Heritage Park, Brady St, Geeveston
Cost: Gold coin donation
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, kid's activities, Christmas carols, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Geeveston Christmas Parade Facebook


3. New Norfolk Carols by Candlelight
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 5pm-7pm
Where: Tynwald Park, New Norfolk
Cost: Free
Details: There will be entertainment, kid's activities, jumping castle, face painting, Carols by Candlelight concert, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Lions Club of New Norfolk Facebook


Australian Capital Territory:

1. Bungendore Community Christmas Party
When: Saturday, 7 December 2019: 5pm-8pm
Where: Majara St, Bungendore
Cost: Free
Details: There will be plenty of Christmas festivities with entertainment, performances from homegrown stars, food & wine stalls, pop-ups, family-friendly activities, traditional Christmas carol concert, specialty acts, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Facebook


2. Braidwood Community Christmas Party
When: Friday, 13 December 2019: 5pm-8pm
Where: Ryrie Park, Braidwood
Cost: Free
Details: This Christmas party event will showcase entertainment, amusement & carnival rides, mouthwatering street food stalls, local wine pop-ups & stalls, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

3. Queanbeyan Christmas Street Party
When: Saturday, 14 December 2019: 5pm-8pm
Where: Lifestyle Precinct, Crawford St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free
Details: There will be Christmas entertainment, homegrown star performances, food & wine stalls, family-friendly activities, traditional Christmas Carols, acts, shows, visit from Santa, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Facebook


4. Christmas Carols in Town Park
When: Thursday, 19 December 2019: 6pm-8pm
Where: Sunken Garden, Queanbeyan Park, Lowe St, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free
Details: There will be Christmas festivities with entertainment, performances, displays, acts, shows, sing-along experiences, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Facebook


Northern Territory:

1. Rural Community Carols by Candlelight
When: Saturday, 23 November 2019: From 5:30pm
Where: Bees Creek Primary School, 20 Sattler Crescent, Koolpinyah
Cost: Free
Details: There will be Christmas entertainment, Christmas carol performances, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Rural Community Carols By Candlelight Facebook


2. Alice Springs Christmas Carnival
When: Friday, 6 December 2019: 5pm-9pm
Where: Todd Mall, Todd Street & Council Lawns, Alice Springs
Cost: Free
Details: There will be a lineup of Christmas festivities, entertainment, buskers and rambling performers, market stalls, global fare foodie stalls, performances, displays, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Alice Springs Town Council Facebook


3. Christmas for Kids
When: Sunday, 8 December 2019: 9am-1pm
Where: Marrara Indoor Stadium, Darwin
Cost: Free
Details: There will be massive Christmas festivities with entertainment, art & craft, live music, face painting, balloon sculptures, magic shows, live performances, jumping castles, shows, acts, displays, visit from Santa, the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, and Hyper the Clown, activities, and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Christmas for Kids Darwin Facebook
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