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Lighting of the Christmas Tree

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This year the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga will take place on Saturday 1 December (5 pm – 9 pm), making it easier for even more people to come along and enjoy an unforgettable evening of free entertainment hosted by Adelady’s own Lauren and Hayley!

 Saturday 1 December, 5 pm – 9 pm

 Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

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Program Highlights

The Big Switch

The actual Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at 8:30 pm on 1 December. Pushing the giant red button this year will be the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, joined by a lucky family nominated by the South Australian International Day of People with Disability Committee. The lights will turn on nightly from 8:30 pm.

Music

Open-air Christmas Music and Carols start from 5 pm with the City of Adelaide Concert Band, Australian Girls Choir and members from Adelaide’s leading Gospel Choir, the Gospo Collective.

Elfy Entertainment

Watch out for Elfspin! See these cheeky Christmas circus elves test-ride unicycles, spin hula hoops and juggle clubs, toys and more.

Kid Stuff

Free activities include face painting, giant games, the Imagination Playground and roving performers like Bubbles the Elf and two magical dancing Christmas Puddings!

Food

Select from the smorgasbord of food trucks below or enjoy a delicious pre-event meal in around Gouger and Grote Street. This is an alcohol-free event.

  • Coffee n Cookies
  • Strawberries Galore
  • Crepe Bar
  • Diggety's Hot Dogs
  • Beyond India 
  • Babs Greek BBQ 
  • What’s the Scoop
  • Potato on a Stick
  • Humpty Dumplings

 

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FAQs

What time does the event start and finish?

The event begins at 5 pm, where you'll be welcomed by open-air Christmas music and carols with the City of Adelaide Concert Band and members from Adelaide’s leading Gospel Choir, the Gospo Collective. The lighting of the tree will happen at 8:30 pm with the event concluding at 9 pm. 

What time do the Christmas Tree lights come on?

The actual Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be at 8:30 pm, 1 December. Pushing the giant red button this year will be the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, joined by a lucky family nominated by the South Australian International Day of People with Disability Committee. If you can't join us for the official lighting, the Tree will be lit from 8:30 pm.

Can we bring our own food / drinks?

Yes, however, we will have plenty of food trucks with delicious food and drink offerings.

Can we bring our own picnic rugs / chairs?

Picnic rugs are a great idea, because chairs may impact the viewing for others so if you do choose to bring some along, please be mindful of those behind you and sit towards the back of the site.

Is there a cost to attend?

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree is a free community event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

What kind of food vendors will be there?

  • Coffee n Cookies

  • Strawberries Galore

  • Crepe Bar

  • Diggety's Hot Dogs

  • Beyond India

  • Babs Greek BBQ

  • What’s the Scoop

  • Potato on a Stick

  • Humpty Dumplings

What time does the entertainment start?

All entertainment and activities commence at 5pm.

What entertainment will be provided?

Aside from the big switch, live stage entertainment hosted by Lauren and Hayley from Adelaide, including the City of Adelaide Concert Band, Australian Girls Choir and members from Adelaide’s leading Gospel Choir, the Gospo Collective will be delivering Christmas music and carols.

Free activities include free face painting, giant games, creating and posting a letter to Santa, the Imagination Playground and roving performers like Christmas circus elves and two magical dancing Christmas Puddings!

Will Santa Claus be in attendance?

Given this time of year, he is incredibly busy at the Magic Cave. So before the event, be sure to pop in to visit him and the eleves at David Jones in Rundle Mall.

Can you bring your own or buy alcohol?

This is an alcohol-free event.

Is the event dog friendly?

Due to the amount of families and children expected, we discourage bringing dogs or animals to the event if they are not service dogs.

Is the event accessible for people with disabilities?

Yes, considerations have been made to help make sure the event can be enjoyed by everybody. For example, there will be additional accessible toilet facilities, Auslan interpreters included on stage, ramp access around the site. Please note, the stage programming will be of a volume that may impact people with noise sensitivities. If you have specific questions in relation to attending the event, please contact the City of Adelaide and we are happy to assist.

 

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