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Top Free Things to See and Do around Perth in December

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Published November 25th 2018
Perth for Free in December
Enjoy FREE events and activities in Perth this month

city of perth christmas lights
Photo courtesy of Destination Perth


Bid adieu to November. As the year draws to an end, celebrate December with friends and family with Christmas festivities and New Year's Eve events. This month, Perth offers a range of activities for you and the family to enjoy for FREE! Here are some of the many available. No matter your preferences, there'll be something you'll fancy this month.

1 December - Rangoli Indian Street Art

Rangoli Indian Street Art perth
Photo courtesy of Annalakshmi & Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya


Immerse yourself in Indian culture with the largest, live and continuous making of Indian Street Art. Bright, vibrant colours will decorate the area, with light snacks and beverages available from 4pm onwards at the State Theatre Court Yard. This free event is presented by Annalakshmi Cultural Centre of WA and Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya Centre for Performing Arts and Education. For more information about this event, visit the website.

Time: 9.30am - 9.30pm
Venue: Perth Cultural Centre
Address: 47 James Street Mall, Northbridge, Perth, WA 6000

1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 December South Beach Sunset Market

South Beach Sunset Markets, Fremantle, western australia
Photo courtesy of City of Fremantle


Head over to Fremantle for 4 Saturdays of evening markets. With culturally diverse hawker food, live music, kid's entertainment, an animal farm, and face painting, this event is ideal for families. You can also grab a drink from pop-up bars and watch the beautiful sunset over the ocean. For more information, visit this website.

Time: 5pm 9pm
Venue: South Fremantle
Address: Wilson Park, South Beach South Fremantle WA 6160
Phone: 0402 317 659

1, 15 & 16 December Christmas Market, Movies and Carols on the Green

carols on the green true north block perth
Photo courtesy of True North


What a better way to get in on the Christmas festivities than with a market, movies and carols! Start the month with some bargain hunting at the Christmas Market from 5pm to 8pm followed by 3 free movies on 1 December.

Over two nights of 15 and 16 December, the True North team and Heathridge Carols will be performing all of your favourite Christmas classics. Family and pre-show entertainment will start at 5.30pm and carols will commence at 6.30pm. To end the night, there will be a brilliant firework display at 8.30pm. Visit this website for more information and to register your FREE tickets. However, they are limited so get yours before they run out!

Time: Refer to website
Venue: True North Block
Address: 869 Conolly Drive, Merriwa, WA 6030

2 December F45 Tracking Perth

f45 track perth
Photo courtesy of F45 Training


F45 is revolutionizing the fitness industry by offering cutting-edge training. The company will be hosting a free F45 Track session at Langley Park. The session is led by F45 Training ambassador Cory George. Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up for the 9am session. Participants must be 16 or over, and an adult must accompany participants 16-18 years of age. Bring along your running shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and a towel for some sweaty fun! For more information and to get your free tickets, visit the website.

Time: 9am 10am
Venue: Langley Park
Address: Plain St & Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004

8 & 22 December Summer x Salt Beach Markets

summer x salt markets perth
Photo courtesy of SANDSWELL Inc


Head over to one of Perth's most beautiful and famous beaches for the iconic Summer x Salt Beach Markets. This event is organised by Sandswell, a 'surf-for-social-good' non-profit. It promotes sustainability, the community and healthy living. You'll find surf and lifestyle stalls offering ocean-friendly products from local artisans and designers as well as food trucks, coffee and juice carts. Performances from musicians and family activities will serve as entertainment for the day. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 9am 1pm
Venue: Brighton Reserve, Scarborough Beach
Address: 204 The Esplanade, Scarborough WA 6019

13 December Movie Night at Clarkson

Rose Main Reading Room, The New York Public Library
Photo courtesy of The New York Public Library


The City of Wanneroo Libraries is hosting a free screening of the new film "EX LIBRIS". This winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Lion nominee at the Venice Film Festival offers insight into one of the greatest knowledge institutions in the world - The New York Public Library. You don't have to visit New York to enjoy this movie. With complimentary tea and coffee available, this is an opportunity not to be missed. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 6pm 7.45pm
Venue: City of Waneroo Clarkson Library
Address: 27 Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson, WA 6030

14 - 16 December Christmas Craft and Gift Expo

Sorrento Quay Boardwalk - Hillarys Boat Harbour perth
Photo courtesy of Sorrento Quay Boardwalk


Looking for festive gifts for your family or friends? Head over to the Christmas Craft and Gift Expo at the exquisite coastal venue of the Sorrento Quay Boardwalk at Hilary's Boat Harbour. Get some pre-Christmas shopping done while enjoying the surrounds, live entertainment and swing by one of the many onsite cafes for a tasty bite. Visit the website for more information.

Time: 12pm 8pm
Venue: Sorrento Quay Boardwalk
Address: 58 Southside Dr, Hillarys WA 6025
Phone: (08) 9246 1042

15 December Christmas Symphony

West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Photo courtesy of West Australian Symphony Orchestra


What better way to get into the Christmas spirit with a magical night filled with sing-alongs and some of your favourite classical music hits topped off with an extravagant firework finale. Hosted by Louise Momber and Michael Thomson from Channel 9, the Christmas Symphony features a complete line-up of classic music hits and Christmas favourites by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

It may not be the Woolsworth Carols in Sydney but with over 150 performers set to take the stage, this will be Perth's largest outdoor Christmas concert. Families can sing along to Jingle Bells and Silent Night while enjoying the Overture to Bernstein's Candide, Jupiter from Holst's The Planets and Tchaikovsky's ever-popular 1812 Overture and a spectacular firework display. Pre-show entertainment starts from 5pm. For more information, visit this website.

Time: 5pm 10.30pm
Venue: Langley Park
Address: Plain St & Hay Street, East Perth WA 6004

31 December Mandurah New Year's Eve Celebrations

Eastern Foreshore Mandurah new year's eve fireworks
Photo courtesy of Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation Inc


Head over to Mandurah and celebrate the coming of the New Year with family and friends. The evening programme includes 2 fireworks, live music, disco lights, all-round entertainment, amusement rides and other children's activities. There will be a free shuttle bus every 20 minutes taking you from the Mandurah train station to the Mandurah Visitor Centre at the Foreshore. For more information, visit the website.

Time: 6pm 12.01am
Venue: Eastern Foreshore Mandurah
Address: 73 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210, Australia

31 December - Perth City New Year's Eve Fireworks

perth new year's eve fireworks
Photo courtesy of Destination Perth


While Sydney celebrates an extravagant New Year's Eve and pyrotechnics scatter across the skyline of Melbourne, Perth is serving its fair share of fireworks displays. There are several cantage points in Kings Park as well as along the Swan river foreshore to enjoy a picnic with the family while watching the fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Visit the website for more updates.

Time: 6pm - 1am
Venue: Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Address: Fraser Ave, Perth WA 6005
Phone: 08 9480 3600
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Why? Loads of free things to do and see in Perth this December
When: December
Where: Various locations around Perth
Cost: Free
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