Perth is getting ready to celebrate Christmas in style with many events and activities including carols, concerts, pageants as well as lights and decorations. If you’re looking for a unique gift, why not head to one of the many Christmas Markets.
Christmas Lights Trail
The Christmas Light Trail is back for the third year and the city will shine brighter with 27 mesmerising Christmas light installations and vibrant Christmas decorations lighting up the evenings. Select from three mapped out journeys throughout the Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth or go your own way as you marvel at the stunning animated lights, festive street decorations, lively projections and festivities that brighten malls, streets and parks across the city.
There will be roving entertainment on each Friday and Saturday nights (6-9 pm) at Forrest Chase, Rain Square, Kings Square and Perth Cultural Centre. In addition, there is entertainment throughout the malls during the day on Saturday and Sunday. On the launch night there will be various roaming entertainment, plus an appearance from Santa at Stirling Gardens, next to the Santa sleigh and more!
Magic of Christmas
There’s no place like The Wanneroo Botanic Gardens to spend the festive season with your loved ones. Experience the park’s 2nd annual Christmas light display; play Mini Golf, dine at the onsite restaurant Leapfrogs or simply basque in the ambience of the 7m high Christmas tree and the brand new light features added this year. Spectator admission to the Gardens is just $5 or free for Guests dinning in the restaurant or playing Mini Golf.
Dates and Times
22nd November at 7 pm – 12th January at 10 pm
Lights are on from 7 pm – 10 pm Wednesday to Sunday nights.
It excludes 25 and 26 December 2019.
Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Cruise
Experience some festive magic on board Mandurah Cruises famous Christmas Lights Cruise – Mandurah and Perth’s best Christmas lights. Experience the magic of Christmas with your friends and family aboard our Christmas Lights Cruise. Sing along to Christmas carol favourites and join in the Christmas cheer as you cruise through the wonderland of Christmas lights reflecting onto the water from Mandurah’s luxury canal homes.
This annual event sees Mandurah’s luxury canal homes decorated with millions of lights and amazing Christmas themed-displays. Expect traditional Christmas trees, Santas, snowmen, reindeer & sleds, twinkling stars and snow globes plus the Aussie touch of dolphins & kangaroos in displays, opulent stairways, private jetties, watercraft and joyful carols sung from the balconies. The festive atmosphere is spiced with free photo opportunities at the ferry terminal and Christmas carollers entertaining guests as they wait to board their cruise.
Departs every night from 1st December at 7.30 pm 2019 until 5th January 2020.
1st December , 2019 – 7:30pm – 5th January 2020 – 9:45 pm
Venue: Cruises depart from Mandurah Cruises, 73 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
Mandurah Houseboats Christmas Lights Cruise
Gather your family ad friends and cruise the Famous Mandurah Canals Christmas Lights Display with Mandurah Houseboats. They have a guided party pontoon available for you to hire, sit back, relax and cruise this wonderful display while you indulge in your B.Y.O drinks and snacks. They can either play your own Christmas Playlist or are happy to play DJ too. 1hr 15min is ample time to see all of the canals. They have two departure times each night from 1st December to 6th January. Extra hours can be arranged with your driver charged at an hourly rate.
Dates and times
1st December 2019 – 7:30 pm – 6th January 2020 – 10:15 pm
Christmas Lights Cruise runs every night from 7:30 – 8:45 pm and 9 – 10:15 pm
Cost: It is $250 for up to 6 people.
Venue: Departure point is Dolphin Quay, Mandurah Ocean Marina, 13a Dolphin Drive Mandurah WA 6210
Christmas Carols, Concerts and Movies
Get into the spirit of Christmas and sing-a-long to your favourite carols and watch your favourite festive films in Perth.
Festive flicks for kids at Northbridge piazza
Festive Flicks are back at the Northbridge Piazza with free Christmas movies on the big screen every Saturday from 16 November to 21 December.
- 7th December – Rise of the Guardians
- 14th December – Elf
- 21st December – The Grinch
*The Korean Film Festival will take place on 30 November, therefore no Festive Flicks will take place.
Cost: Free entry
Venue: Northbridge Piazza, 142 James Street, Northbridge WA 6003
Sidewalk Sounds in Perth City will brighten up your lunchtime and get you in the festive spirit. Over the course of four weeks, there will be free Christmas tunes, performed by a variety of talented musicians.
Dates and Venues
- 28th November, Hibernian Place
- 5th December, QV1 Plaza
- 12th December, Brookfield Place
- 13th December, 1217 Hay Street, West Perth
- 19th December, 1217 Hay Street, West Perth
Contact details: [email protected]
Phone: 08 9461 3333
Carols by Candle light
What is Christmas without this special night
There is nothing more beautiful or more evocative of Christmas than a large choir in a beautiful church singing your favourite carols, and you in the audience with your program lit by candlelight, joining in for the most well-known ones. Gather your friends and family and come along to Carols by Candlelight presented by Perth Symphonic Chorus at the Redemptorist Monastery in North Perth.
Travelling Dementia Bus Fund
Join at the interval and afterwards for champagne, with proceeds going to the travelling Dementia Bus Fund. WA’s first purpose-built community dementia bus has been launched to provide respite and information to dementia carers, give people living with dementia access to VR technology and bring education and awareness to schools.
Dates and Times: 7th and 8th December from 7:30 pm – – 9:30 pm
Venue: Redemptorist Monastery Church, 190 Vincent St, North Perth WA 6006
Cost: Carols By Candlelight $10.00 – $39.00
More Information: Group bookings are available with a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more.
Brass on the Grass
Start the festivities early with the annual City of Perth and East Perth Community Group Inc Brass on the Grass community concert. Pack a picnic and join your local community members on the green while listening to the smooth sounds of the Australian Girls’ Choir and the City of Perth Band. There will be a kids fun zone, a community raffle and a special visit from Santa.
Dates and Times: 11th and 12th December from 5 pm – 8 pm
Venue: Victoria Gardens, Royal Street, East Perth WA 6004
Darren Hanlon: Christmas show
For the past 14 years, Darren Hanlon has been performing his beloved Christmas shows across the nation. It is just him, his guitar and a whole lot of lyrical songs and stories drawn from his adventures around the globe. Hanlon is one of Australia’s most respected singer songwriters, known for his charming urban folk and down to earth storytelling on-stage. He has released five solo albums, four EPs and nine singles in his illustrious solo career.
Dates and Times: 11thand 12th December from 6- 10 pm
Venue: Inner Courtyard, Fremantle Arts Centre
Cost: Tickets $28.00
Outdoor Movie at Mandoon estate: Elf
Get along to Mandoon Estate to enjoy a screening of ELF (Rated PG). Nothing beats lying under the stars and watching a movie with friends and family. Enjoy the picturesque gardens at Mandoon Estate, grab a bite to eat and sample the award winning wines and beers. There’s plenty for the kids with a bouncy castle, lawn games and live music before the screening at sunset.
Date and Time: 12th December from 5:30- 10 pm
Venue: The Llawn at Mandoon Estate, 10 Harris Road, Caversham WA 6055
- Adult $10.00
- Child (over 18 months) $4.50
Christmas in the City
You’ll be making a list and checking it twice this year when you celebrate Christmas in the City.
Start your gift shopping from over a thousand retailers, including Gorman, King Street Collective, Uniqlo, Boffins Bookstore and West Elm and a magical list of festivities, including the Christmas Lights Trail, Lotterywest Christmas Symphony and New Year’s Eve family celebrations.
Dates and Times: 15th November – 31st December from 6- 11 pm
Venue: Perth City
Perth City Christmas Carnivals
Supreme Court Gardens will be the place for fun in the four weekends leading up to Christmas! Stop by before heading into the malls to do your Christmas shopping and take advantage of the free gift wrapping in Forrest Place. The Christmas Carnivals will feature a mammoth range of amusement rides, bouncy inflatable fun, Christmas movies, a silent disco, mini golf and giant games. Santa will also visit the Carnivals between 10 am and 11 am every day.
Dates and Times: 23rd November -15th December from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Venue: Supreme Court Gardens, Cnr Barrack Street and Riverside Drive, Perth WA 6000
Cost: $10 for a family of 4
Mandurah Community Christmas Pageant
Come and experience the wonder of Christmas at the 2019 Mandurah Christmas Pageant presented by ACTON Mandurah. This wonderful tradition sees local community groups and businesses parade their floats through Mandurah’s CBD from 6 pm. After the parade head to the foreshore where you can visit Santa’s Grotto, watch the live nativity scene, take part in the FREE letter to Santa workshop, enjoy the Free amusements, listen to the wonderful Christmas carols and enjoy a fireworks finale at 8.30 pm.
Dates and Times: 6th -12th December from 6- 8.30 pm.
Venue: Eastern Foreshore, Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah WA 6210
Victoria Quay Christmas Carnival
Come down to Victoria Quay for free Christmas fun for all ages on the vibrant waterfront at Fremantle Port. The Quay to Summer program kicks off with a fun-packed carnival of rides, live music, food and family-friendly entertainment in Fremantle’s premier dockside location, Victoria Quay.
Activities for kids
Kids will enjoy an Elf Show, skate workshops, face painting, giant bubbles and of course, a visit from Santa himself, while big kids can grab a bite to eat from a selection of food trucks, groove along to the sounds of WA Samba and take in great roving performances. All set against the stunning backdrop of ships moving through the Port.
Date and Time: 7th December from 3- 9 pm
Venue: Victoria Quay, Fremantle
York Christmas Festival
Don’t miss the 2019 York Christmas Festival which includes visits from Santa, markets, dunking machine, animal petting farm and children’s activities. Includes turning on of the York town Christmas lights at 7.30 pm.
Date and Time: 7th December from 4- 9 pm
Alinta energy Christmas Pageant
Enjoy the magic, colour and spectacle of your favourite floats as the Christmas Pageant returns in 2019, bringing Christmas magic to the streets of Perth. Relive your childhood and experience the wonder of the Christmas Pageant when it returns bringing magic and colour to the streets of Perth.
Date and Time: 7th December from 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Venue: St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000
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