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A special outing that children like and are made welcome
The Christmas Garden is possibly one of the only events on in Adelaide in December that is all about the true meaning of Christmas. In these silly season weeks of shopping madness, planning meals or social gatherings, Christmas is many things to each of us. This event is a simple one that invites us to pause and consider the special message of the birth of Jesus.
The displays look very real as they are life size. Image by Kat May.
The Christmas Garden is an air-conditioned indoor display of life-size statuettes of the people and animals of biblical scenes, telling the Christmas story. These were all locally made in the northern suburbs. When you arrive, you follow a trail and at each of the 5 stops, there is an attendant who explains the scene.
Children are given a little guide to the scenes and they can have fun trying to spot the hidden character. Last year they also had huge angel wings projected onto a screen, which people could stand in front of and take photos. This was very effective and lots of fun.
Official event poster. Source- facebook site, Gospel City Church
It is interesting to learn the Christmas story and I heard many kids asking questions, so it is good they are interested and interacting with people. It is a good social outing for children. At the end, there is the fun candy garden of huge candies to walk through. In the foyer, kids can relax and enter the colouring in competition.
The event is organised by the Gospel City Church and supported by Salisbury Council. At the event, no-one is pushing their beliefs on you. The whole event is very welcoming and comfortable. My family really enjoyed it. It would be suitable for all ages.
Take your little angels along to experience the Christmas Story. Image by Kat May.
Outside on the grassed area, there is some entertainment such as outdoor games, live music and a bouncy castle. There is also free sausage sizzle and coffee. The church puts all this on for free as they want to share the meaning of Christmas, however, you are welcome to make a donation to the event. Drinks are for sale at a low cost.
Lovely to come here in late afternoon or evening and relax. Image by Kat May.
On Saturday night, 15th December, there will be a free outdoor family movie The Star, which tells the story of the night Jesus was born. Screening is at 8.30pm.
Private group bookings are available on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th December. These are daytime only. Sensory free and special needs children can be accommodated. For these special group bookings, please email Mel on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her on Facebook.
HOW TO FIND THE VENUE Mawson Lakes Campus of the University of South Australia. Follow the signs to building K, park and walk past the Adelaide Planetarium. Then you will see the outdoor entertainment and food area on the grass. The building is right next to this. Toilets are inside the building, where the display is located. This venue is wheelchair friendly.