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Food trucks, artisan markets, entertainment and more
Everything from camels to lighting Beaufort Street's iconic Christmas tree will be part of St Patrick's Anglican Church's annual Mt Lawley Christmas Festival on Sunday, November 29.
A plethora of activities are planned for the festival.
Admittance to the festival and its food stalls and artisan markets is free.
Carols by Candlelight will start at 7pm.
A ticket price of $10 or $20 for a family pass provides full day access to many other activities. These include an Aqua Challenge, a huge water slide park combining five modules, the Warrior Challenge, a 23-metre inflatable obstacle challenge and a Little Splash and Toddlers Challenge is an obstacle course for toddlers.
There is no charge for kids to express their creativity by painting a car. A white van will provide the blank canvas for kids to go wild.
There will also be free face painting for the children and a human-sized foosball table soccer pitch.
Camel rides will be back at the St Patrick's Mt Lawley Christmas Festival.
From noon to 1.15pm, kids will be able to join in the painting of 50 paper umbrellas to be used in a Local Schools Christmas Pageant that starts at 2pm.
Schools including the Sir David Brand School and Perth College Junior School, will travel from the park along Beaufort Street to Second Avenue and then back to the church lawn and the stage.
Perth personalities will line up for a drenching in the Sir David Brand Dunk Tank.
Red Dot Stores will sponsor the tank and will match dollar for dollar the money raised from the tank and will have world champion boxer Bang Bang Lulu and Australian mixed martial artist Soa The Hulk lining up.
Street performers will be part of the festival.
Among lots of live and roving entertainment, there'll be The Four Chordsmen with their harmonies and the Junkadelic Brass Band with its unique funk and junk percussion and carols by candlelight will be led by WAFES WA Fire and Emergency Services concert band.
Little Lord Street Band will be playing on the main stage.
A free Dumpster Disco with a booth created from a dumpster bin will give adults and youngsters an opportunity to get up and dance to the tunes of DJ Snake Mountain from noon to 7pm.
The Trio pop up Festival Bar will be serving beer, wine and food and around 20 food trucks will have a range of street foods for sale including Italian, Indian, Mexican, BBQ and more.
Ruby On Wheels, Perth's only disability friendly coffee van will be on hand in the park along with an ice-cream vendor and Chips On A Stick with their deep-fried spiralled potatoes.
Lights on the giant Christmas tree will be turned on.
Other food trucks will mostly be along the blocked off part of Beaufort St, the artisan markets will be in Copley Park and the kid's corner, including the Old MacDonalds Travelling Farm petting zoo, will be in front of St Patrick's.
Around 30 artisan market stalls will be selling handicrafts and arts, perfect for Christmas present shopping for people who want to support local small business.
The finale for the celebration will be carols by candlelight and the lighting of the huge Christmas tree on the corner of Beaufort St and First Ave in front of St Patrick's. The lighting of the tree is sponsored by Acton Realty.
Carols by Candelight will again be led by the WA Fire and Emergency Services concert band.
Beaufort Street will be closed to traffic from Regent Street to Second Avenue.
The festival is based around St Patrick's Anglican Church on the corner of First Avenue and Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley with stalls and entertainment stretched across the road into Copley Park.
The zero-waste event will run from noon to 8pm.
Rides will operate from noon to 8pm and the carols will start at 7pm.
Parish Priest and Chair of the Organising Committee, Father Stephen Conway said locals were encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and find a spot to base themselves for the afternoon, either in Copley Park or on the lawn outside St Patrick's Church.