Top 10 Things To Do In Adelaide This December

Spring into the first month of Summer with our guide to the top ten events in December. From Polo in the City to Elton John, there’s plenty happening in our lovely city to get all the way through to the new year.

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As 2019 comes to an end, our lists of events and parties ramp up. Whether you’re into checking markets, wine and dining options, music festivals or cricket, December has it all. Here’s a round up of what’s on this month.

If you’re seeing a lack of New Year’s Eve or Christmas events, don’t worry, they’re next.

Elton John | 4 & 5 Dec

One of the finest musicians of all time, Sir Elton John is returning for his 16th performance in Adelaide. Having first performed in Adelaide on Oct 22, 1971 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Club, John will perform his last ever Australian and New Zealand shows as part of the worldwide Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

Tickets will undoubtedly sell fast, grab one today and say farewell to music’s greatest treasure.

Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will be held at the Botanic Park, Plane Tree Drive Adelaide, South Australia.

Santa’s Wonderland | 6 Dec – 24 Dec

With its stunning décor, pageantry and myriad of activities throughout the Ice Wonderland, Candyland and Traditional Family Christmas Wonderland zones, this is a feast for your senses.

In this, its fourth year of creating memories for families, Santa’s Wonderland is set to delight and amaze with a return of all the favourites plus a host of new activities and surprises.

Santa’s Wonderland boasts over thirty-five sessions to choose from throughout its run from December 6 to December 24.

For tickets and additional information, see here

Santa’s Wonderland is located at Goyder Pavilion, Adelaide Showground.

One Electric Day with John Farnham | 7 Dec

As it heads into its seventh year, one of Melbourne’s favourite one-day festivals, One Electric Day, is going national and it’s coming to Seppeltsfield, Barossa on December 7.

Headlined by the incomparable John Farnham with special guests James Reyne, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, The Black Sorrows, and a special reformation by Southern Sons, these are shows that no music fan should miss. Grab your tickets via www.ticketmaster.com.au.

Hot Dub Wine Machine | 7 Dec

Hot Dub Wine Machine is returning this year in McLaren Vale on the 7 of December. A day of full-bodied wine, music and food, Serafino Wines picturesque backdrop will play host to the event featuring some of Australia’s well established and up and coming bands.

The line up this year includes The Jungle Giants, Crooked Colours, Bag Raiders and Hot Dub Time Machine. Tickets are on sale now.

Hot Dub Wine Machine is held at Serafino Wines which can be found at Kangarilla Rd, McLaren Vale.

Polo in the City | 13 Dec

Having become one of Adelaide’s highly anticipated events of Summer, Polo in the City is set to return, featuring some of the finest Polo players from both Australia and abroad.

Booked for the 13 of December at Victoria Park, ally to the on field action The Maui Polo Club is putting on a shaded service bar, communal seating, shade umbrellas all encompassing a delightful viewing area. Waikiki Polo Lounge will also provide ticket goers with opportunities to meet and greet players on top of food and beverage facilities and live music. Grab your tickets here.

Polo in the City will be held at Victoria Park 16, Adelaide.

Hahndorf Christmas Markets | 13 – 15 Dec

Explore the vibrant village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills as it decks the halls for Christmas in 2019. Hahndorf at the most magical time of year will showcase last-minute gift shopping, restaurants and cafes available for tasty meals, cellar doors pouring delicious drinks and a whole lot of entertainment guaranteed to delight all ages.

Check out the famous Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt at C3 Church. You’ll find an amazing range of handcrafted items and gift ideas for the whole family. More info here.

The Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt will be on the corner of Main Street and Auricht Road, Hahndorf.

Gincident | 14 Dec

An event that all stemmed from a few too many Gins, Gincident kicks off on the 14 of December showcasing some of the best produced gins from South Australia and beyond.

In celebration of the rise of gin popularity across South Australia, Gincident welcomes all to Hart’s Mill in Port Adelaide for an outing of live music, games, stalls and amazing food. Bring along your friends, family and work mates and gintertain them with the joy’s of the juniper berry. A new blend of gin on offer.

Purchase your tickets here. Harts Mill located at Mundy St, Port Adelaide SA 5015

Liam Gallagher | 14 Dec

Once voted by the readers of Q Magazine as the “greatest front man of all time”, living legend Liam Gallagher will make his debut at the Bird In Hand Winery in December as he celebrates the release of his massively anticipated second solo record, Why Me, Why Not? 

His only South Australian performance will make this a hugely popular concert. Pre-booked picnic and BBQ boxes are available, as are bus transfers. Tickets can be found on moshtix.com.au.

Liam Gallagher will perform at Bird in Hand winery, Bird In Hand Rd & Pfeiffer Rd, Woodside.

Love Actually in Concert | 14 Dec

Following sold out tours of the UK, Love Actually in Concert is finally making its way to Australia, premiering, of course, just before Christmas in December. A full, live orchestra will perform the hit soundtrack whilst the film is projected onto the big screen.

Love Actually in Concert will take place at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Grab your tickets here.

Billy Elliot The Musical | 29 Dec

The 10th Anniversary Australian Tour will open in Adelaide on December 29 at the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre making it the second stop of the national tour.

Billy Elliot the Musical was brought to the stage by the multiple award-winning creative team behind the film including writer Lee Hall (book and lyrics), director Stephen Daldry and choreographer Peter Darling, joined by Elton John who composed the show’s score. Grab your tickets here.

Photo: Alastair Muir

Honourable Mentions

Carols By Candlelight @ Elder Park | 7 Dec

Christmas on King William Road | 7 Dec

Christmas Sat’dy on Goody | 7 Dec

Gathered Lobethal Design Market | 20 – 22 Dec

Block Rocking Beats | 28 Dec

Moonlight Cinema| 13 Dec – 16 Feb

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