Celebrate the festive season on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Nothing says Christmas in South Australia like a heat wave and the best place to cool off during the summer holiday is on the Fleurieu Peninsula. Known for a bevy of outstanding vineyards and an enviable coastline, there are many reasons to head south for the silly season and lots of activities for both locals and holidaymakers to enjoy.
Much like an Advent calendar, the month of December is full of wonderful Christmas themed treats and events. It began when Santa Claus ushered the festive season to town with the City of Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Christies Beach.
Once Santa has settled in the southern suburbs, he can be found greeting children and granting wishes in the air conditioned comfort of the local shopping centres like Colonnades at Noarlunga Centre.
Pets won't miss out either because Santa will be visiting Pet Stock at Noarlunga on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 10 am until 2 pm. Pet photos with Santa are a $5 donation to the Animal Welfare League of South Australia and bookings are required.
Also on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30, 2014 is the Willunga Christmas Tree Festival. The festival is held from 10 am until 4 pm at the Willunga Uniting Church and entry costs just $3 for adults and is free for children. It features a wonderful display of Christmas trees, market stalls, and activities for the kids.
During December the homes along Main Street in Old Noarlunga are illuminated at night in a vivid display of Christmas and community spirit. If you take an evening drive through nearby suburbs such as Christies Beach, Moana, and Seaford you'll be sure to find some other nice Christmas lights.
The Band of the South Australia Police will hold their annual Christmas Concert at the Hopgood Theatre at Noarlunga Centre. Tickets to the show on Thursday, December 4, 2014 cost $21, which also includes morning tea prior to the performance at 11 am.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Willunga Waldorf School Christmas Market on Friday, December 5, 2014 from 3 pm until 7 pm. There are market stalls with plants, crafts, toys, and other hand-made goodies to fill up the Christmas stockings.
Santa Claus will make an appearance at the annual Victor Harbor Christmas Pageant on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 6.30 pm onward. The lively parade is followed by Carols by the Sea and a fireworks display.
The Once Upon A Market Mega Christmas Market is the place to go to stock up on Christmas gifts and have a fun day out. There are heaps of stalls selling locally made items as well as a jumping castle and a visit from Santa. It's on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Noarlunga Leisure Centre.
Warm up your vocal chords for the Aldinga Bay Community Carols on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Enjoy the carnival-like atmosphere at Symonds Reserve at Aldinga Beach with food stalls and fun activities for children starting at 4 pm before the Christmas carols at 7.30 pm.
The biggest carolling event, however, is the Southern Community Christmas Carols at the South Adelaide Football Club. The gates to Hickinbotham Oval open at 5.30 pm on Sunday, December 14, 2014 with activities and entertainment for children. Then the main concert starts at 7 pm and concludes with a fireworks display. A gold coin is required for entry.
Once the tinsel and glitter has settled on the Christmas festivities, it's time to bring the bubbles and sparklers to ring in the New Year. On Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Wallis Cinema at Noarlunga has a special presentation of The Water Diviner starring Russell Crowe, which starts at 9.15 pm. The film is followed by supper and the Sydney fireworks on the big screen. Tickets are available now and cost $35 for adults and $27 for children and seniors.
The Normanville New Year's Eve Pageant features a colourful parade that begins at 7.30 pm and winds through the streets of Normanville. The free community event is followed by a family-friendly party on the foreshore with a DJ, activities, food, and fireworks.
Information is scarce at the moment, but Victor Harbor also celebrates New Year's Eve with a free event, which attracts locals and tourists alike. There's live music from local bands, entertainment for the kids, and a spectacular fireworks display to start the New Year on the Fleurieu Peninsula with a bang.