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Published November 20th 2017
A list of Christmas activities to make life long memories
Every city and town does its own special Christmas events, but here in Adelaide, we have some that are unique to our city. The annual Credit Union Christmas pageant heralds the start of the silly season and then the excitement builds from there. So here is my list of top experiences, outings and events kids would love to share with their family while growing up in Adelaide.
WEST END BREWERY LIGHTS AND DISPLAY
I still remember my grandparents taking me here as a child. It was a long way and I was wondering where they were taking me for a "surprise" so late in the evening and after tea. This is a free event. Kids love to walk along the pathway and see the Christmas and storybook characters and all lit up at night. Located at Adam St Thebarton. Free parking for 2 hours in the Entertainment Centre if no events are on.
The stores in Adelaide are so pretty at Christmas time. Image by Kat May.
You can still see the display at the brewery during the day, but night is much better. Image by Kat May.
A FAMILY CHRISTMAS TEA IN THE PARK
Relax as a family in the silly weeks leading up to Christmas. Pack a picnic hamper, some cool drinks in the esky and a blanket and some cushions. Find a park you have never been to. Perhaps you might like to go to the swimming pool for a pool tea party.
CREDIT UNION CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
For some, it is a big trip into town but it is a must do even once growing up in Adelaide. Some families go every year, but there are many other local pageants to discover.
ADELAIDE CITY TREE AND TOWN HALL
The tree in Victoria Square is fairly new, and it is huge and brightly lit. On a warm evening, it is fun to wander around Victoria Square, splash in the walkthrough fountain and walk down to the town hall to see the projections on the building.
SHOPPING AT A CHRISTMAS MARKET
Best to take two adults so someone can divert the kids' attention to buy some stocking fillers. Fun for kids to buy a gift for parents too.
Browsing the many Christmas markets is fun, but tell the kids to bring their own pocket money. Image by Kat May.
THE K-MART WISHING TREE
Wrap a new gift for a child you will never see and let the kids put it under the giving tree. This act of kindness is teaching kids the spirit of Christmas. The charity along with the Salvation Army has distributed 8 million gifts to needy families. There is a tree at every K-Mart store.
VISIT A CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL
There are some great decorated trees around our suburbs and in country towns. Some to visit include, Blackwood, Willunga, Port Adelaide, Tea Tree Gully and Loxton to name a few.
Kids love cooking, so start some family traditions by doing a cooking session every year. Start off with something easy like truffles or stained glass cookies to hang on the tree. When they are older, perhaps you can attempt a gingerbread house.
Kids also love craft, so deck your halls. You can do some easy decorations on the cheap with crepe paper, staplers, pine cones and spray paint. Lots of easy craft ideas on Pinterest.
VISIT SANTA AT THE MAGIC CAVE
The magic cave is at David Jones. Here you can escape a hot day and join the queue to step into a winter wonderland. See our very own Nipper and Nimble, the pageant horses and see the marionettes. Then finally you get your time with Father Christmas.
Start the day with you advent choccy and remind Mum every morning how many days are left to Christmas.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
There are lots of local events but you must do our big one in Elder Park at least once while growing up.
CHRISTMAS AT CHURCH
Even if kids are not growing up in a religious environment I find they are interested in learning about Jesus and the Christmas story. Many churches do special kids activities and all are welcome to attend.
Take your own fun photos with the Christmas in the City app.
This is the most fun activity for families to share, even very young ones can join in the fun. You wander around and find the animated Christmas images. Presented by the City of Adelaide Council, it was a world first technology. Save time and download the app before you go into town. Read more about it here.
Every family should attend this event even once. It is now bigger than ever, with most homes in town putting on a dazzling display. There is a market and a nativity show in the main street as well. See the website here for times.
Enjoy many years of making family traditions and memories of growing up in Adelaide. Wishing all my subscribers and readers a very happy and safe Christmas.
Postscript- unfortunately the city of adelaide council has not included the "Christmas in the City" app for this years celebrations. Such a shame as it was really a lot of good family fun. Hope they bring it back next year.