Festive days out

We get it - there's always so much to do during this festive season, and it can get a little overwhelming trying to fit everything in! We’ve broken down our favourite festive activities for friends and families so you can see what’s on all the time, every week, or once only.

Christmas with friends

It’s time to get in touch with your friends and make the most of Adelaide this festive season.

There’s plenty of live music, events and markets happening and we’ve collated some of the highlights in the list below. While you’re checking them out, why not explore the city more – grab a bite to eat at some of the best bars, cafes and restaurants the state – and nation – has to offer; tick off your gift list at specialty shops throughout the city and North Adelaide; or explore galleries, park lands, trails and laneways.

Community events and Maker Markets

Treasures of Pageants Past Exhibition

Adelaide Town Hall and City Library

  • Monday to Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Window Wonderland Trail 

City and North Adelaide

LEGO® Sleigh Exhibition

Shop 32, Adelaide Central Market Arcade

Giant Book

North Terrace 

Giant Presents

88 O’Connell Street 

Reindeers

Brougham Gardens

    Live music and performances

    Young Adelaide Voices 

    James Place

    4 and 11 December, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 5 and 12 December, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

      High Spirits Harmony 

      Rundle Place and Adelaide Arcade

      5 and 12 December: 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at Adelaide Arcade, 12:00 pm at Rundle Place and 19 December: 11:00 am Adelaide Arcade

        Christmas Sounds 

        Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

        Fridays and Saturdays, plus Christmas Eve 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

          Live music at the Hotel Metropolitan 

          46 Grote Street

          Friday and Saturday evenings

            Live Music in the Laneway 

            NOLA, Vardon Avenue 

            Wednesday evenings  

              Tandanya Live Music 

              Tandanya Café, 23 Grenfell Street 

              Saturdays, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

              Community events and Maker Markets

              Artisans of Adelaide Twilight Markets 

              Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 
              4 and 5 December, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

              Christmas on Hutt Street Makers Market 

              Corner Hutt Street and Halifax Street 
              5 December, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm 

              Urban Cow Studio Makers Market 

              Cinema Place, East End 
              5 December, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

              Helpmann Makers Market 

              Hindmarsh Square / Mukata
              11 December, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

              Empyre Fire Festival 

              Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 

              Saturday 12 December, 4:00 pm (main fire show at 8:30 pm)

              The Makers & Shakers Market 

              88 O’Connell Street 

              18 and 19 December 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 20 December 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


              Live
              music and performances

              Bund der Bayern Inc. 

              Rundle Street and Adelaide Central Market 

              4 and 11 December, roving performances

              String in the Streets 

              Leigh Street and Peel Street 

              11 December 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Leigh); 18 December 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Peel St)

              Dance Generation Dance 

              Gawler Place and Hindmarsh Square / Mukata 

              11 December, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Gawler Place) and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Hindmarsh Square)

              Sun of Africa 

              Adelaide Central Market 

              Friday 11 December, 6:30 pm

              Australian Girls’ Choir 

              O’Connell and Melbourne Streets 

              17 and 18 December, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

              Fringemas 

              Hindmarsh Square / Murkata 

              18 December, 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm

              Christmas with families

              Have the perfect family day out in the city this Christmas.

              There’s a packed calendar of festive markets, live music and performances to keep the kids entertained throughout December. Make the most of your Christmas days out in the city and North Adelaide and explore nature playgrounds, galleries and museums, park land trails and so much more. Check out all our family-friendly events below, head over to our family fun ideas page and start planning.

              Community events and Maker Markets

              Treasures of Pageants Past Exhibition 

              Adelaide Town Hall and City Library

              • Monday to Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
              • Friday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
              • Saturday Closed
              • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

              Window Wonderland Trail 

              City and North Adelaide

              LEGO® Sleigh Exhibition

              Shop 32, Adelaide Central Market Arcade

              Giant Book

              North Terrace

              Giant Presents

              88 O’Connell Street

              Reindeers

              Brougham Gardens

                Christmas Tree

                Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga

                Live music and performances

                Christmas Sounds 

                Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 

                Fridays and Saturdays, plus Christmas Eve 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

                Kensington & Norwood City Brass Inc. 

                SA Museum, North Terrace 

                Every Sunday, various times

                Tandanya Live Music 

                Tandanya Café, 23 Grenfell Street 

                Saturdays, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

                Community events and Maker Markets

                Artisans of Adelaide Twilight Markets 

                Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 

                4 and 5 December, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm

                Christmas on Hutt St Makers’ Market 

                Corner of Hutt Street and Halifax Street 

                5 December, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

                Elves’ Trail 

                Corner of Melbourne Street and Jerningham Street 

                5 and 6 December, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

                Fringemas 

                Hindmarsh Square / Murkata 

                18 December 11:00 pm to 2:00 pm

                Grote Wishing Grove 

                Corner Grote St and Bowen Street 

                5 December, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 6 December 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

                Empyre Fire Festival 

                Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 

                12 December, 4:00 pm (main fire show at 8:30 pm)

                Sturt Street Children’s Centre 

                The Joinery, Franklin Street 

                16 December, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

                The Makers & Shakers Market 

                88 O’Connell Street 

                18 and 19 December 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, 20 December 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

                Light Up Christmas – presented by Bamboozled Productions

                Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga 

                18 and 19 December, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm


                Live
                music and performances

                Dance Generation Dance 

                Hindmarsh Square / Mukata 

                11 December, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

                Sun of Africa 

                Adelaide Central Market 

                11 December, 6:30 pm

                Carol Fest 

                Adelaide Central Market 

                12 December, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

                Sounds of Christmas 

                Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka - East Tce end 

                13 December 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

                Australian Girls’ Choir 

                O’Connell and Melbourne Streets 

                17 and 18 December, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

                Adelaide Sound Connection 

                Makers and Shakers Market, 88 O’Connell St 

                20 December

                Star Academy 

                Gawler Place Canopy, Rundle Mall 

                21 and 22 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm