5 fun family Christmas activities to put in your diary

Mention ‘Christmas’ and ‘Adelaide Hills’ and one famous event springs to mind: The Lobethal Lights. For our readers who grew up in the Hills, you probably remember gazing up at these extraordinary light displays as a wide-eyed child, in awe.

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28-Nov-2018

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Amanda Smith

5 fun family Christmas activities to put in your diary

Mention ‘Christmas’ and ‘Adelaide Hills’ and one famous event springs to mind: The Lobethal Lights. For our readers who grew up in the Hills, you probably remember gazing up at these extraordinary light displays as a wide-eyed child, in awe.

Well, it’s time to pull out your calendar, because we’ve got a few more Adelaide Hills Christmas events to get you and yours into the festive spirit.

Your ‘Christmas’ Adelaide Hills events calendar.
While the Hills has a revolving schedule of events year-round, December is one of our favourite months – with its twinkling, holiday artisan markets, illuminated houses and community carols nights. Here are five events that will make your Christmas.

Mount Barker Christmas Pageant
December 1
On the first Saturday of December, the streets of Mount Barker come alive with all things festive. It usually ends at the oval, where the celebrations continue and you can explore the pop-up stores and events.

Carols in the Park
December 1
Then, in the afternoon at Keith Stevenson Park, the carols kick off. It begins at 5.00PM with a wide range of children’s activities, including seasonal face painting. At 7.00PM, the singing starts with local talent taking to the stage to lead the carols. The night finishes with a fireworks’ display, enjoyed by people all over Mount Barker.

See Santa!
December 7
No Christmas is complete without bringing the kids to see and talk to Father Christmas. And the big jolly guy is taking a day out of his busy, present-planning schedule to come to Hahndorf on December 7.

Hahndorf Christmas Markets
December 14-16
If you’ve ever been to a Christmas markets in Europe, you’ll know they have a very distinct charm. Now, you can experience that right in the Hills, with this German-style, wintery-themed Christmas markets. Experience over 50 stalls, food, entertainment and the magic of simply wandering around.

The Lobethal Lights  
December 9-30
And, of course, Lobethal. These lights need no introduction. But they’re worth putting on this list because it’s the largest community Christmas light display in the southern hemisphere. And, to add to the stunning luminosity, your family will love the events, food stalls and pageant.

Oh oh oh… we forgot one! Pick your favourite tree at Santa Trees, a Christmas Tree Farm in Gumeracha. Bring your little ones up to the farm to choose their very own tree. Make a day of it and bring a picnic basket, so you can eat lunch among the 50 acres of real, living Christmas pines… in that fresh, Christmas tree-scented Hills air.