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'Tis the season to be jolly
The festive season is a busy and exciting time in Adelaide. It is a time in which we celebrate the end of one year and welcome the beginning of another, with a series of popular and beloved traditions that make Christmas time in Adelaide extra "Christmassy".

Spotted! One of Santa's elves taking a break
Spotted! One of Santa's elves taking a break


The Magic Cave
The festive season is heralded by the Adelaide Christmas Pageant in November. This is when Father Christmas makes his grand entrance to the Magic Cave at David Jones. He is joined in this enchanted world by a team of magical elves and fairytale characters who are hard at work to make your Christmas wishes come true.

When: Saturday November 10 - Christmas Eve 2012
Where: David Jones, Level 3, Rundle Mall, Adelaide


The Brewery Lights Riverbank Christmas Display
The South Australian Brewery embraces the spirit of Christmas every year with what has become an iconic Christmas display on the banks of the River Torrens. The sparkly lights of the Riverbank Christmas Display attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. There are foods stalls to feed the hungry and sideshows to amuse the kids. Father Christmas loves this event too and will be there the week before Christmas from 7.30 - 9.30pm.

When: Saturday November 10 2012 - Thursday January 3 2013
Where: Adam Street, Hindmarsh


Douglas Fir, the talking Christmas tree
Douglas Fir, the talking Christmas tree


Christmas Gift and Craft Fair
Avoid the chaotic malls and do your Christmas gift shopping at the Christmas Gift and Craft Fair at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Here you will find special and unique presents for family, friends and yourself. Choose from thousands of handcrafted goods like beauty products, clothes, jewellery, garden ornaments, ceramics, gourmet food, homewares, paintings, toys and so much more. Father Christmas is scheduled to make a visit to ensure everything is up to scratch.

When: Saturday December 1 - Sunday December 2 2012, 9.30 - 5pm
Where: Wayville Pavillion, Adelaide Showgrounds
Cost: $5, children under 15 free with adult


Lights of Lobethal
The Adelaide Hills town of Lobethal has been lighting up Christmas in South Australia for over sixty years. With each year, it gets bigger, better and brighter. These days, the Lights of Lobethal is a festival which includes a nativity scene, markets, stalls and of course, the spectacular lighting display that Lobethal is famous for.

When: Sunday December 9 - Sunday December 30 2012
Where: Lobethal, South Australia


Christmas lights up Adelaide
Christmas lights up Adelaide


Carols by Candlelight
Carols by Candlelight is one of the biggest events on Adelaide's Christmas calendar. Light up your candles and sing along to your favourite carols performed by popular Australian personalities. The concert includes an appearance from Father Christmas and concludes with a fireworks display. Be early to get a good spot!

When: Sunday December 16 2012, 8 - 10pm
Where: Elder Park, Adelaide
Cost: Gold coin donation


New Year's Eve at Glenelg
Make your resolutions for 2013 with a sea breeze and sand between your toes. The Bay is a popular location to celebrate New Year's Eve in Adelaide. Join thousands of revellers in a beach setting with family friendly entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display - it's sure to be a happy new year!

When: Monday December 31 2012
Where: Jetty Road, Glenelg


Celebrate New Year's Eve at Glenelg
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Glenelg


Hang your lights, fill your stockings, decorate your tree, put on your party shoes and make the most of Adelaide in December; it is a magical time of year. May your festive season be filled with family and friends, food and fun. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
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When: December 2012
Where: Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: Most events are free or charge a small fee
Your Comment
Great and concise article; an escaped Christmas elf - who would've thought??? Love the end photo, it was whimsical...
by curiouser&curiouser (score: 2|526) 2967 days ago
You did well. I won't produce an event list this month because everything revolves around Christmas.

Can you wake me when it's over :-)
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11307) 2971 days ago
Ooh, was thinking of a glenelg NYE this year!
by danni (score: 1|96) 2971 days ago
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