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You don't have to go far for these free festivities
You don't have to travel too far from home to find some wonderful family and community Christmas events taking place this year. If you live South of the river, there's more free Christmas events happening than you can poke a red nosed reindeer at. Here's where to find the top free family Christmas events south of Perth.
Christmas Night Market, Palmyra Thursday, 14 December from 5pm to 9pm Palmyra Western Farmers Markets, 60 McKimmie Road, Palmyra Website: See the Facebook page
This family friendly market will feature lots of entertainment, food stalls, pop up stalls and Christmas fun! Being so close to Christmas day, it's the ideal place to pick up any last-minute, unique gifts.
Cockburn and Surrounds
Yangebup Christmas Carols by Candlelight Saturday, 2 December from 6pm to 7:30pm Nicholson Reserve, 24 Swallow Drive, Yangebup Website: See the Facebook event
Come along and sing your favourite Christmas carols with the talented little singers from Choir4Kids, who will be will performing on the night.
Image: Yangebup Christmas Carols by Candlelight Facebook page
Christmas On The Green, Spearwood Saturday, 9 December from 5pm to 8pm 2017 MacFaull Park, Pomfret Road, Spearwood Website: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au
Pack a picnic and head to MacFaull Park for a fun evening of Christmas entertainment that includes the Class Act Christmas Carollers, Fairy Queen Caroline Show and the Lakelands Senior High School Band. Once the sun sets the park will light up with Christmas lights and Santa might just make an appearance!
Hammond Park Christmas Party Sunday, 10 December from 5pm to 8pm Botany Reserve, Corner of Macquarie Boulevard and Botany Parade, Hammond Park Website: See the Facebook event
The seventh annual Hammond Park Christmas party kicks off at 5pm with live music including Daren Reid & the Soul City Groove! Bring the family, your friends and even your furry pals and enjoy a fantastic festive evening that will include food, festive activities and lots of fun.
Armadale and Surrounds
Animal Protection Society (APS) Christmas Fair, Harrisdale Sunday, 26 November from 10am to 3pm Baker's House Markets, Welcome Meander, Harrisdale Website: See the Facebook page
The annual APS Christmas Fair is back on again, with more stalls and a heap of festive treats for both animals and humans alike! You can find pet accessories and gifts, plus gourmet treats, fresh bakery items and doggy Christmas stockings.
Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Parade, Armadale Friday, 1 December from 6pm to 9pm Memorial Park, Orchard Avenue, Armadale Website: See the Facebook event
This family friendly Christmas event begins with a Christmas parade through the Jull Street Mall and will feature some colourful Christmas characters! There will be performances by local community groups and a visit from Santa at Memorial Park.
Rockingham and Mandurah
Mega Christmas Market, Rockingham Sunday, 26 November from 10am to 2pm Mike Barnett Sports Complex, Rockingham Website: See the Facebook event
Come and see the fantastic range of unique Christmas gifts for adults and children and support local businesses! There will be entertainment for the kids, plus great prizes and giveaways.
Rockingham Christmas Lights, Carols and Markets Saturday, 2 December from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Rockingham Foreshore, Rockingham Beach Road, Rockingham Website: See the Facebook event
As the name suggests, the City of Rockingham's annual Christmas event is all about Carols, Lights and Markets! Come and choose some unique gifts and enjoy carolling along the Foreshore before the Christmas lights go on.
Lakelands Community Christmas Carnival Saturday, 2 December from 12pm to 10pm 49 Banksiadale Gate, Lakelands Website: See the Facebook event
This fantastic family event will feature a huge line-up of activities that includes a pop up skate park, live art, market stalls, live entertainment, a pop up bar, food trucks, Christmas carolling and even an outdoor cinema! Santa will also be popping by for a visit.
So save your money for more Christmas presents and get along to these fantastic free, family-friendly festivities.