Welcome to the locals' guide to some of the best of what's on in and around Adelaide this December! Summer school holidays begin in mid-December and Adelaide dives into the Christmas season with a huge range of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
There's heaps of opportunities all over Adelaide to go carolling with the community this December. We've found some of the best carol events from every corner of Adelaide and put them all together here!
Lord Mayors Christmas Gala Concert – Sunday 8th December
Image courtesy Lord Mayor's Christmas Gala Concert Facebook
Hosted by Keith Conlon, this popular gala brings famous Adelaide entertainers to sing all your favourite Christmas Carols.
Hear your Christmas faves from Louise Blackwell, the Women with Latitude choir and world-renowned jazz musician Julian Ferraretto. The McCall Sisters and ex-Australian Ballet dancer Tim Rodgers will perform some of the hits from Jesus Christ Superstar in the stunning Adelaide Town Hall. Enjoy a Christmas tradition. Tickets from $5 - $15. Available here.
Although the Victoria Park sprint and festival is on hold this year, motorsport hits the streets of Adelaide again in the 2019 Adelaide Rally from the 4th - 7th of December. The rallying begins on Wednesday the 4th of December with various competition classes from leisurely cruisers to full-on 130 km/h timed sections on the twisting Adelaide Hills roads.
As part of the rally, there are three free special community events not to miss. The Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party is a great event. Gouger Street is closed to traffic and the dining district throngs with crowds admiring the glittering collection of superb cars. It's on Friday the 6th from 5.30 pm. There's FREE entry to the National Motor Museum at Birdwood on Saturday 7th December for the rally lunch stop. The entire field will be presented on the lawns of the museum from 11.30 am. Did I say FREE entry? Yep.
The finale party and full-noise Super Special Stage will be held on Rundle Road from 2.30 pm on Sunday December 7th before the podium presentations. There'll be live entertainment and plenty to see and do as the rally winds up in style for 2019. Details here.
Every night from the 13th until the 22nd, head on down to Victoria Square for ten nights of exciting family Christmas activities and entertainment at Christmas Lights, Festive Nights. Just some of the things to see and do include a Santa's sleigh made from LEGO® bricks, Christmas markets on Saturdays and Sundays, food trucks and live entertainment. Come to enjoy the festive atmosphere between 5 pm and 9 pm and stick around for the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at 8.30 pm nightly. Details here.
Mix 102.3 Giant Wheel Returns
Image courtesy Skyline Attractions Facebook
Australia's newest and tallest transportable Ferris Wheel pops up on Moseley Square in Glenelg for another season of freewheeling fun above the beach. You can ride from 9.30 am until 10 pm every day in December. Tickets start at $10. Book here.
Come visit a wonderland of decorated Christmas trees by local community groups, businesses, schools and individuals. This year's sub-theme is caring for natural flora and fauna created from natural and recycled materials. It's at the Blackwood Community Centre and entry is just a gold coin donation. Details here.
Adelaide - Huge Indoor Plant Warehouse Sale - Christmas Bonanza - 14th and 15th
A special Christmas edition of this popular indoor plant sale will be held at Queens Theatre on the weekend of the 14th and 15th December. They'll bring the indoor plant faves and as many rarities as they can find. Dress up as an Aussie Santa for $5 off (boardshorts are a must!). It's free entry but you can get details and the link to book here.
Coinciding with school holidays, the beautiful foreshore of Semaphore hosts a carnival every summer so it's a great place to take the kids for a day at the beach and a stroll along the jetty. There's also the Semaphore and Fort Glanville Tourist Railway to ride or the water slides nearby. Afterwards, choose from the abundance of restaurants, bars and takeaways nearby for the perfect end to a summer day.
One for the adults only, this 'ginsational' event is in the old flour shed at Harts Mill in Port Adelaide on the 14th. Expect an entire festival devoted to SA gins, gin cocktails and everything related. There'll be food vans and entertainment. Tickets are $27.50 - $35 and include plenty of gin tastings. Book here.
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Fancy some fresh summer cherries? Why not pick your own in the Adelaide Hills? Cherries are in season from November until January so check out the cherry trail here and go for a weekend cherry picking adventure!
Adelaide's favourite night market, the Ebenezer Night Market returns to the East End just in time for Christmas! Come shop at night for clothes, craft, jewellery, food and home décor. This December they'll be happening on the 14th and the 21st December from 5.30 pm – 10 pm.
The Glenelg Sunset Markets will be held against the magnificent backdrop of the sunset over Glenelg Beach on the 8th December, details here.
Fancy a taste of the country at Christmas? TheMount Pleasant Christmas Twilight Farmers Market features over fifty producers joining a range of food and drink options to create a magical country market with free tastings and fun for the kids from 5pm – 9pm Friday 21st December.
Come feel the party vibe at the City of Adelaide's New Years Eve Party and Fireworks on the riverbank at Elder Park. There'll be heaps of free entertainment, food and drink and not one, but two fireworks displays. One show is for the kids at 9 pm and one will ring in the new year at midnight, both set against the colourful backdrop of the riverbank precinct. Keep up to date here.
The Glenelg New Years Eve fireworks are a South Australian tradition, almost everyone in SA has been to them at least once. The area is packed with people and there are heaps to see, do, eat and drink as you party your way into 2020. Fireworks at 9.30 pm and midnight.
The Semaphore Summer Carnival is always popular for its thrill rides and amusements themselves on the foreshore. On NYE, add two amazing fireworks displays and you've got yourself the ingredients for a great night out!
If you're on the south coast, head on down to the Goolwa wharf precinct for a unique and spectacular new year's firework display over the Hindmarsh Island Bridge.
Image courtesy Off The Bridge NYE Fireworks Facebook