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Top 5 Adelaide Events in December

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Christmas & More in December

The weather is starting to warm up, and Christmas is edging nearer, but before you preoccupy yourself with the Christmas turkey take there are a few events that stand out this December. Obviously Christmas plays a pretty big role in Adelaide's December festivities, but there are some other great events to keep December interesting.

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December goes from Christmas lights to candle light, and from famous food trucks to visiting circus acts and polo players. There's an event for everyone, and lots of fun to be had.

So get ready to eat a little more, drink a little more, and smile a little more. Merry Christmas!

Cirque du Soleil: Ovo
December 6th - January 6th

There's no denying that Cirque du Soleil: Ovo has caused a bit of a buzz wherever it's been. The big top is perched in the Western Parklands, and the performers from Cirque du Soleil are set to amaze and astound you all through December.

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They've already toured elsewhere in Australia, and are set to visit Melbourne and Perth once Adelaide's season is over. Ovo is all about the bright and colourful underworld of insects. There's a love story featuring a lady bird, mesmerising dancing bugs, and the mystery surrounding an unknown egg that appears in their world.

Be amazed by the stunts, the costumes, and the sets, in this total feast for your eyes.



Cirque du Soleil: Ovo tickets start at $46.50 up to $187.50. There are various performances throughout December.

The Lights Of Lobethal
December 9th - December 31st

At the same time every year Lobethal becomes one of Adelaide's most loved destinations, as houses all up its streets set their Christmas lights to shine. It's Adelaide's biggest and most famous Christmas light display, best of all it's a free way to enjoy some Christmas cheer with the family.



You can choose to walk or drive around Lobethal, and there are maps that you can pick up that point out the places to go. Back in the town centre you can also find markets and various other stalls.

There's a great atmosphere throughout the whole town, and it's a cozy way to spend a December evening.

The Lights of Lobethal open on the 9th of December with an opening celebration. Entry is free.

Paspaley Polo in the City
December 14th

Paspaley Polo in the City is one of Adelaide's lesser known events, but for those in the know it's the crowning glory of the festive season. Men on horses, drinks, food, all in a convenient location; what more could you want?



Polo is one of the oldest sports in the world, but it doesn't have a huge following in Australia. Come along to Polo in the City and you'll add it to your list of favourites. It's a fast paced game, with each period lasting about 7 minutes, and it's exciting to watch.

Of course the event isn't just about watching the game. There are various corporate marquees that will be hosting special events. These are a great chance to have a few drinks and a good time.



Polo in the City is on the 14th of December, the Adelaide event is a twilight meeting. Tickets to the general admission Coopers Bar are $63.

Carols by Candlelight
December 16th

Carols by Candlelight is a night full of family entertainment, and 2012's line-up includes the Fairies, Humphrey Bear, Jon Stevens, and the Young Adelaide Voices.



Every year the carols are held in Edler Park. Come. They kick off early at 3pm, and if you come in then you'll be more likely to grab a good spot. The entertainment runs throughout the night, culminating with an exciting fireworks display. Even though it's the middle of Summer, bring some blankets to rug up just in case.

As well as the entertainment there will be nearby food and drinks, and a great atmosphere the enjoy the Christmas cheer.

Fork on the Road Food Truck Festival
December 21st

The final event on the December top 5 is the Fork on the Road Food Truck Festival. The first event was held in November, and now it's back with a bit more experience under it's belt.

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More trucks are still being announced, joining old favourites like Burger Theory, La Cantina Co, and Veggie Velo. The first event saw even more people than expected, which meant long lines and a buzzing square. Most importantly the festival is about enjoying good food from people who are passionate about serving it.

The December Fork on the Road event is at Hindmarsh Square. It's free to attend, but you'll have to pay for your own food.
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Why? December isn't all about Christmas
When: Throughout December
Where: All over Adelaide
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