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As shopping centres around Adelaide begin the countdown to Christmas, families begin to look for less commercial ways to celebrate Christmas with their children and loved ones.
Of course the Christmas Pageant is South Australia's premier Christmas parade, bringing tens of thousands of people to Adelaide's central business district to watch the colourful entertainment and enjoy the bands.
But many other areas also have traditionally had their own Christmas celebrations, often sponsored by the local council or other community groups. These often bring together local people for an evening of carols, sometimes with a parade or other celebrations.
And of course there are many brilliant Christmas lights displays too, from the Lobethal Lights to the spectacular displays put on by families in private homes. But they will be covered in another article.
Read on for this year's roundup of what is on in Adelaide for Christmas. Remember that many celebrations are only planned late, so feel free to add any that I have missed in the comments section.
In the eastern suburbs Norwood is holding its Christmas Pageant this year on November 23 with clowns, acrobats, magicians, stilt walkers and puppeteers to bring magic to the parade.
Nearby in Walkerville the local primary school will display a static miniature Christmas Pageant from Wednesday November 13 to Sunday November 17. (Gold coin donation required).
The City of Onkaparinga Pageant will be held on Beach Road at Christies Beach on Sunday November 24, with huge free celebrations continuing at the Rotary Park afterwards.
Glenelg's 2013 Pageant is happening on Sunday November 17 in Jetty Road and the theme this year will be "Santa at the Bay". I wonder if it will be "Santa at Port Willunga" next year if he takes a holiday?
While at the Strawberry Fair I saw a poster advertising carols at the Edwardstown Primary Oval on December 14 from 6.30pm.
Port Adelaide's Twilight Christmas Parade is held in the evening on Saturday November 16, with a free after party and lots of children's entertainment from 7pm, followed by a fireworks display over the Port River at 9pm. What a beautiful location for it!
The Blackwood Christmas Pageant will be on Friday December 6, while Mitcham's Carols by the Creek are on Sunday December 8. At time of writing, there aren't any more details on the City of Mitcham website.
Murray Bridge is holding its Christmas Pageant on Saturday November 16 at 5.30pm, followed by a fireworks display. Organisers respectfully request that parade entrants do not bring their own Santa, as they already have one thank you.
Gawler doesn't have a pageant, but they do have an evening of carols to chorus you on Sunday December 15 in Pioneer Park. No wonder the Salvation Army don't drive around to sing carols any more - there's too much competition.
In the Barossa Lyndoch celebrates with a Christmas party at the oval on Friday December 13 from 5-10pm. You can sing Christmas carols, listen to band "Boiler House", see Kidszone, have rides, shop at stalls and of course see Father Christmas.
Scenic Strathalbyn's annual pageant is on Sunday December 13, followed by carols and fireworks in the Soldiers Memorial Gardens on the river banks. Goolwa has their Christmas Festival and pageant on December 8, again followed by carols and fireworks. Unfortunately details for both these events were not on the council website at the time of writing.
Sleepy Victor Harbour is a later starter, with their pageant on the evening of Saturday December 14.