Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published November 6th 2013
Adelaide's Christmas Lightacular
Each year, there seem to be more and more houses, businesses and schools across the city and suburbs lit up with Christmas light displays. The weather is nice - it's usually warm enough to stroll around and take your time to look at the stunning displays.
I have a few favourites, and I know that there are so many more in Adelaide that are probably equal to or better than these, but I've yet to get out and see them. But, for this article, I've listed a few of the ones that I personally love:
The display here can be seen from the next street, it's amazing. The home owners make their own displays (the camels are one of the earlier creations) and each light globe is hand painted. They pack most of it away at night-time and set it up again the next day - how amazing is that?
2. Westminster School, 1-27 Alison Avenue, Marion The Westminster School hosts a magnificent Christmas display, which runs nightly for about just a week prior to Christmas. There are carols in the Chapel from 8pm to 9pm, walk through the huge gardens full of twinkling Christmas lights and visit Father Christmas in his colourful "office". Entrance is by a gold coin donation at the gate - you can walk through or drive through on the circular driveway loop. 8pm until 10pm from Sunday 15th December to Sunday 22nd December 2013.
For this one, allow a bit of time. Find a park, and walk the street one side and back again on the other. It's not just a light display, it's a wonderful display of community spirit - the whole street gets involved.
4. Victoria Square, City Each year during the Christmas period, the Adelaide City Council decorate a magnificent 24.5m (80 foot) high Christmas tree - the sparkle and twinkle attract people from all over. But, over the past few months, major works have been happening in the square and I wondered if the tree would be put up this year. I contacted the council and they've confirmed that the tree will go up, but there won't be a Lord Mayor "flick of the switch" opening night this year. The council representative couldn't give me a date when the tree will be up, but they were sure it would be up sometime in December.