Adelaide’s Ultimate Christmas Guide: Markets, pageants, and festive fun

Get into the festive spirit with Christmas pageants, markets and events throughout the most wonderful time of year.

Tis the season to jump from pageants to festive markets and get your Christmas spirit in full swing. All across Adelaide we are spoilt for choice with events to take the kids to, or expeditions to secure that perfect gift.

Twinkling lights, mince pies and carols on repeat – it’s festive fun for the whole family.



Gather up your baubles, tinsel and Santa fans, because here are the pageants, markets and Christmas offerings to get you through the most wonderful time of year.

Christmas Pageants

National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant – Saturday 4 November

Welcome Santa to Australia with the largest Christmas parade in the Southern Hemisphere! One of the most cherished festive events in South Australia sees tens of thousands of people line up to watch the show each year.

Norwood’s Christmas Pageant Saturday 18 November
The Parade is a vibrant bustling street in Norwood and is now set to be filled with funny clowns, glittery dancers, fairies and performances for the crowd. Kicking off at 10am, it’s all the Christmas fun in the suburbs.

Playford Community Christmas PageantSaturday 25 November
A day of fun for the Northern suburbs community at the Central Districts Football Club by Elizabeth. A bright and early start at 8am, the parade will have the big man in red roaming around, spreading cheer and plenty of entertainment. There are food trucks and markets as well.

Glenelg Christmas Pageant Sunday 26 November
The Glenelg pageant is returning to bustling Jetty Road this November. The beloved tradition brings in quite the crowd, and Father Christmas will be setting up for the parade from Moseley Square from 10.30am.

Mount Barker Christmas Pageant Anniversary – Saturday 2 December
The Mount Barker Christmas pageant brings together the town’s schools, sports clubs and businesses in true Christmas spirit. Beginning at 10:30am, the parade of floats and performers will travel through the streets of Mount Barker spreading Christmas cheer.

Onkaparinga Christmas Pageant – Sunday 19 December

Christies Beach locals will be hosting a pageant along Beach Road followed by activities in Rotary Park. Plenty of fun like rock climbing, games, market stalls, a petting zoo, a chance to win a ride with Santa and more! The festive fun kicks off from 10am



Christmas Markets

Fullarton Park Christmas Fair – Saturday 18 November – Sunday 19 November
Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

Tanunda Christmas Shopping Night and Barossa Made Christmas Market – Thursday 23 November
Murray Street, Tanunda

Bowerbird Design Market – Friday 17 – Sunday 19 November
Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville

The Mawson Centre Christmas Market – Sunday 26 November
The Mawson Centre, 2-8 Main St, Mawson Lakes

La Guinguette: the Alliance Française Summer Garden Fest – Saturday 2 December

Campbelltown City Council Moonlight Markets – Friday 1 December
Thorndon Park, 5 Hamilton Terrace, Paradise

Salisbury Christmas Parade Market – Saturday 2 December
Ciciv Plaza, Church St, Salisbury

Gathered Design Market – Friday 8 December – Sunday 10 December
102 Main Street, Hahndorf

Glenelg Sunset Markets – Sunday 26 November and Sunday 10 December
Moseley Squre, Glenelg

Walkerville Christmas Fair – Sunday 12 November
Walkerville Library, Walkerville

Plant 4 Bowden Christmas Gift Market – Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December
Plant 4 Bowden, Third Street, Bowden

Ebenezer Night Market – Saturday 2 December and Saturday 16 December
Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

Gilles Street Market – Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 December and Sunday 17 December
Brick Dairy Pavilion at Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Rd, Wayville

Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt – Friday 15 December – Sunday 17 December
Corner of Main Street and Auricht Road, Hahndorf

 Brightstar Brewing Twilight Christmas Markets – Sunday 3 December
Brightstar Brewing, Stirling Street, Thebarton


Christmas Events

Giant Christmas Tree in Victoria Square/Tartanyangga – From Friday 18 November
Northern end of Victoria Square, Adelaide

West End Riverbank Christmas Display – From Sunday 27 November
Corner of Port Road and Adam Street, Thebarton

Santa’s Wonderland – Friday 1 December – Sunday 24 December
Adelaide Showground, Jubilee Pavilion, Goodwood Rd, Wayville

The Magic Cave – Saturday 4 November – Sunday 24 December
David Jones, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Pete Combe’s Christmas with Adelaide Youth Orchestras – Saturday 2 December
Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide

Carrick Hill Christmas Celebration Sunday 3 December
46 Carrick Hill Drive, Springfield

Christmas Actually – The music of Love Actually Live – Friday 8 December
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide

Christmas Dinner Party at Adelaide Zoo – Friday 8 or Saturday 9 December
Adelaide Zoo, Frome Road, Adelaide

Christmas in Prospect Street Party – Saturday 9 December
Prospect Road, Prospect

Carols by Candlelight – Saturday 9 December
Elder Park, Adelaide

Christmas Dinner and Show at Arkaba Hotel – Saturday 9 December
150 Glen Osmond Rd, Fullerton

Mollydooker Santa and Shiraz Little Heroes Fundraiser – Sunday 10 December
Mollydooker Cellar Door, 23 Coppermind Rd, McLaren Vale

The Ten Tenors Family Christmas – Monday 18 December
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 58 Grote St, Adelaide

Santa’s Snowy Christmas – Friday 15 December – Saturday 16 December
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide

Lobethal Lights Festival – Saturday 9 December – Saturday 23 December

Civic Park Carols – Sunday 17 December
Civic Park, Modbury

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet Sunday 24 December
The Stamford, 2 Jetty Rd, Glenelg

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