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Of course THE Christmas Pageant in Adelaide sponsored by credit unions of South Australia is by far the most popular of its type in the state, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to watch it every year.
But it is far from being the only Christmas event around town. Although some of the more recent immigrants to SA may well ask "what is Christmas?", for many people outside the city Christmas pageants are a great way to bring a community together - especially in rural areas.
Fellow Adelaide writer and food reviewer extraordinaire Yin-Yin quite rightly pointed out to me recently that nobody has covered any Christmas events outside the CBD, so I decided it was time to do so.
Starting in the suburbs, the free Norwood Xmas Pageant is well established and very popular, taking place on Saturday 24 November 2012 from 10 am on The Parade.
It is organised by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and an enthusiastic volunteer group who work through the year to make the Pageant a success.
At Port Adelaide the Christmas pageant is actually called a Twilight Christmas parade and will take place at 6pm on Saturday 17 November 2012 along the streets of historic Port Adelaide. Last year there were more than 15,000 spectators and 1200 performers to entertain excited children and their parents.
If it's festival lights that you're after, the spectacular Lights of Lobethal has now evolved into the largest community Christmas light display in the Southern Hemisphere. Lobethal lights up on Sunday December 9th, and the festival continues until Sunday December 30th, 2012
In Gawler there is no Xmas pageant, but there are Carols in the Park from 7.15pm - 9.45pm at Pioneer Park, Murray Street, Gawler. It's worth going any time from 5pm onwards for the free entertainment including jumping castle, face painters, a climbing wall, and magicians, with of course a special visit by Santa.
If you live in Murray Bridge this year's pageant will be on November 17 starting at 5.30pm, followed by the Riverfront Festival at Sturt Reserve where there will be entertainment, food and drinks stalls, amusements and a fireworks spectacular at 9pm. As with most other events like this, it will be alcohol free.
Last of the bunch is the thirteenth Xmas pageant in the friendly riverside town of Mannum on December 1. It takes place on Randall St Mannum from 6pm till 10pm, with music, entertainment and lots of activities for the kids, culminating with a fireworks display on the river behind the Pretoria Hotel at 9.30pm.
Have we missed anywhere, or overlooked your Christmas community event? Let us know in the comments please!
I haven't ever seen the Lobethal lights Yin-Yin, looks like I have some catching up to do. And no, I'm sure you weren't insinuating, I just saw a chance to give your fantastic food articles a free plug...
For Mitcham Residents:
Carols by the Creek are on Sunday 2 December
From 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm BBQ, community choirs and free face painting, camel and pony rides
6.45 pm – 9 pm Community Carols
At Soldiers Memorial Gardens, Belair Road, Hawthorn
LOL Dave it wasn't my intention to insinuate anything with my comment on your article "free things to do in November". Great coverage on Xmas festivities. The Lobethal one is getting better by the year.