18 Nov, 2022

Christmas celebrations kick off in the city centre

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Adelaide’s Christmas Festival will officially begin tonight with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga - the first in a bumper calendar of events to help people get into the festive spirit.

Running from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm tonight, “Festive Weekends: Lighting Launch” will feature a wide range of performers filling the Square with Christmas cheer. A pipe band, youth choir, DJ and performers will entertain the crowd before Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith flicks the switch with competition winner, 9 year-old Blake Langton, at approximately 8:30 pm to begin our Christmas Festival.

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga will be transformed into the home of Christmas celebrations, hosting the Festive Weekends program which features a variety of free celebrations including markets, a fire festival, a children’s circus and musical performances most weekends.

Tonight’s Festive Weekends: Lighting Launch will be the first public event for the Lord Mayor, who was elected on Saturday.

“Christmas is an amazing time of year, and I’m looking forward to turning on the tree lights tonight to officially begin our celebrations,” said the Lord Mayor.

“It’s fantastic that most weekends there will be free events happening in the city centre as part of the Festive Weekends program, with something to suit everyone.

“The City of Adelaide is presenting a wide variety of events and activities as part of the Christmas Festival, so I encourage everyone to come into the city and experience the magic for themselves and, while there, find a present for someone special.”

Other highlights of the Christmas Festival include:

• Artistic “Christmas Bauble Canopy” light installations at Peel Street and Vaughan Place

• Free, interactive augmented reality trail across the city and North Adelaide

• Bands, carollers and musicians performing in public spaces

• Adelaide Town Hall Christmas Concert

• Extended trading hours at Adelaide Central Market and Rundle Mall

The total budget for the City of Adelaide Christmas Festival is $600,000.

The complete Festive Weekend calendar is listed below and to find out more about the City of Adelaide

Christmas Festival, visit www.cityofadelaide.com.au/christmas.


Friday 18 November – Festive Weekends: Lighting Launch

Saturday November 26 – EMPYRE Fire Festival by DragonMill

Friday December 9 & Saturday December 10 – Christmas Wonderland Circus by Bamboozled

Saturday December 17 & Sunday December 18 – Adelady + Gathered Christmas Markets

Thursday December 22 – The Nutcracker Ballet and Carols by Australian Classical Youth Ballet

Friday December 23 – Christmas Wrap Party by ForMile Events

For more information

Jack Berketa