Christmas frequently asked questions


Posted on 08 Nov 2019

Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Saturday 16 November, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

Event details

Official Lighting of the Tree: 8:30 pm

  • The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor, and a member of the public will flick the big switch.

Performances: From 5:00 pm

  • Adelaide Pipe Band
  • City of Adelaide Concert Band
  • Australian Girls Choir
  • Gospo Collective Performances

Entertainment and activities: From 5:00 pm

  • Free face painting
  • Free play area with giant games and Imagination playground
  • Write and mail a letter to Santa

There will be food trucks at the event, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic from home or from the Adelaide Central Market and Central Market Arcade just across the road.

  • Gang Gang
  • Babs Greek BBQ
  • Clucking Delicious
  • Moorish Bites
  • Salsa's Food Truck
  • Chipalicious
  • Honey Puff Lads
  • What's the scoop?
  • Coffee and Crepes
  • Bean there, Drank that

Please note this is an alcohol-free event.

  • There will be an Auslan interpreter at the event.
  • There will be an accessible viewing area located on the eastern side.
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga is wheelchair accessible.

Dogs are not allowed at the event. However, guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.

With the change of Pageant Route this year, the Christmas tree is being built earlier so it can be on display for pageant. The official lighting event will be taking place earlier so we can light up the tree ASAP for all to enjoy.

Find convenient parking at UPark Grote from $8.

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Christmas Lights, Festive Nights

13 December to 22 December, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm each night

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

Event details

There will be food trucks at the event, but you are welcome to bring your own picnic from home or from the Adelaide Central Market and Central Market Arcade just across the road.

Four to five food trucks will be available at the event each night.

  • Tachs Stroopwafels
  • Nugg Lyf
  • Old School Bus
  • Dayum Burger
  • Strawberries Galore
  • Moorish Bites
  • 1001 Flavours Snow Cones
  • What's the Scoop?
  • Chimichurri
  • Chipalicious
  • Beyond India
  • Afri-disiac
  • Diggety's Hot Dogs
  • Honey Puff Lads
  • Sugar Coated Cakes
  • Coffee & Crepes
  • Colombo Express

Please note this is an alcohol-free event.

Christmas markets will be at the event on Saturday and Sundays.

Stalls on December 14 and 15:

  • Sassy Succulents
  • Bec by Design
  • Uniqhloes Accessories
  • Gigglepots Emporium
  • Saffron Moon
  • Winter Australia
  • Gioialleria
  • Going Knotty
  • Korossi Design
  • Adelaide Henna
  • Blush and Co
  • Toiro Knot
  • The Hive Wrappa
  • Kerry’s Cards
  • Soul Sense Natural Therapies
  • Caught Redhanded Wines
  • Mimi and Coco Leather

Stalls on December 21 and 22:

  • Sweet Little Succulent Pots
  • Goodie’s Kitchen Garden
  • Primrose Hill Set Candles
  • Thurston and Lovey
  • Simonne Joyce Art
  • Luc, Izzy and the Bear
  • Lorenza Jewellery
  • Wa Creations
  • Coequa
  • Ear Art by Renate
  • Westside Henna
  • Kaz Vintage
  • Shaker and Co
  • Brewed by Belinda
  • Totally Vegan by Charlie


Thanks to Artisans of Adelaide for their assistance arranging these fantastic stallholders.

  • Friday December 13 
    The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Friday December 20
    The Grinch (2018)

Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga is wheelchair accessible.

Guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.

Dogs are not allowed at the event. However, guide dogs and assistance dogs are welcome.

Find convenient parking at UPark Grote or Topham from $8.

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All city Christmas events

For convenient parking this festive season, UPark has you covered.

Get your $8 flat rate parking at scheduled times across nine convenient city locations, with five carparks open on Christmas Day.

Park for free for stays under 60 minutes at UPark Central Market (on any declared Market trading day over the festive season). Excludes nights, Sundays & Public Holidays.

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