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Come and Party at the Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square (Image Supplied)
The giant Christmas tree is ready to light up the City of Adelaide at the community heart of the city, Victoria Square/Tartanyangga. Victoria Square will become a festive wonderland, starting with the lighting of the giant Christmas tree on Saturday 1 December.
From 5pm – 9pm, join in the free family fun with a whole raft of Christmas cheer filling the Square, including Christmas music and carols, the cheeky Christmas circus elves Elfspin, and a selection of street food trucks to tempt you.
The first lighting of the Christmas tree will happen at 8.30pm, when the new Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor will be joined by a lucky family. Nominated by the South Australian International Day of People with Disability Committee the family will flick the switch and bring the tree to life for another year.
Open from 4pm-9pm every day from the 15 – 23 December (until 10pm on 21 and 22 December when movies are screening), Christmas Lights, Festive Nights, will see Victoria Square transformed into a festive season playground, bursting with colour, music, free Christmas movies and free activities for kids.
Fun For Kids: Cool Down in the Victoria Square Fountain
The highlight will be the life-sized Santa Sleigh and Rudolph the Reindeer display made with over 130,000 LEGO bricks and created by local LEGO enthusiasts from Southern Bricks Lego User Group. Visitors can hop into Santa's Sleigh from 4pm each day and get a photo to share on Facebook or other social media against the backdrop of the beautiful City of Adelaide Christmas tree.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city, there are plenty of opportunities to pick up your Christmas gifts at a market. North Adelaide will get into the Christmas spirit with the free Eighty-Eight O'Connell Christmas Market on 8 December from 4pm-9pm. The annual Tynte Street Market is joining forces with the bespoke Handmade in Adelaide Market for a big family-friendly fair featuring over 60 market stalls. Expect to find free fun for kids and entertainment, food, and even real Christmas trees for people to take home.
The Leigh Street Christmas Market is another chance to find gifts for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family. Happening on the 1, 8 and 15 of December in Leigh Street, shoppers will find jewellery, clothing, plants, homewares, cards and much, much more. There is also the Ebenezer Night Market in
the East End on 9 December.
To get all the goss about what's on in the city (and where you can spend your cash) head over to the City of Adelaide website.