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Festival of Christmas - City of Perth

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Turning on the Christmas Lights

Proudly Sponsored by David Jones

Friday 16 November | Forrest Place and Murray St Mall

6.00pm (Lights on at 7.30pm)

Enjoy an amazing projection show on the GPO building, become part of a life size snow globe and enjoy all the roving entertainment as Santa in his sleigh and the Lord Mayor turn on the City of Perth’s 100,000 Christmas lights and decorations. Pre-event activities will start from 6pm in Forrest Place and Murray St Mall.

Festival of Christmas City Trail

Monday 3 December to Monday 24 December | In the City

Download your trail guide from showmeperth.com.au or pick up a brochure from the gift wrapping marquee in Murray Street Mall and wind your way through the City’s colourfully decorated malls and laneways to discover festive displays in tucked away spaces across the city.

Twilight Hawkers Market

Friday 16 November – Friday 14 December

Forrest Place | 5.00pm to 9.00pm

Sample cuisine from around the globe including Indonesian satays, Spanish paella, Turkish gozlemes and Moroccan tagines at these international food markets. As an accompaniment to your meal, enjoy free live music and roving festive entertainment in Forrest Place.

Perth City Christmas Funfair

Saturday 1, Sunday 2 and Saturday 8 December

Forrest Place | 11am to 4pm

Bring the family and enjoy this Christmas Funfair right in the heart of the City. The Funfair includes kids’ rides, roving characters and even a visit from Santa and his helpers!

Lunchtime Christmas Concerts

Monday 3 to Friday 7 and Monday 10 to Friday 14 December

Forrest Place | 12pm to 2pm

Music groups from around Perth bring some festive cheer to Forrest Place with renditions of all the much loved Christmas classics.

Symphony in the City

Saturday 8 December | Langley Park | 7.30pm

Join an audience of thousands for WASO’s spectacular Symphony in the City event, moving for to Langley Park for the first time. Bigger and better than ever, this event showcases some of the greatest symphonic music of all time.

Perth City Christmas Markets

Presented by Unwrapped

Sunday 9 and 16 December | Forrest Place | 12pm to 5pm

A unique selection of quality products made and designed in Australia: men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, gourmet food, art, photography and more.

Sixty stalls overflowing with everything you can imagine! Perth’s favourite designers have your Christmas shopping all stitched up!

Channel Seven and the West Australian Christmas Pageant supported by Lotterywest and the City of Perth

Saturday 15 December | CBD | 7.30pm

Enjoy all the colour and spectacle of the Christmas Pageant, which has been moved back to an evening timeslot for 2012. There will be new floats, the Christmas lights and a free mini-carnival in Forrest Place from 3pm to 7pm.

Northbridge Festival of Christmas

With Piazzarama and Festive Flicks

Northbridge Piazza


Sunday 2 December 12pm to 6pm

Is a free family event with a Christmas theme, featuring roving characters, kids’ activities and films with a special visit from Santa and carollers.

Festive Flicks

Wednesday 19 December to Monday 24 December

Get into the Christmas spirit with a series of festive season feature films.

IGA Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 23 December | Supreme Court Gardens | 6.30pm

This annual Christmas variety concert will take place under the stars. Families can bring a rug and a picnic and sing along to their favourite Christmas carols. Children’s activities commence from 6.30pm.

Santa Trains

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December

Santa is swapping his sleigh for a train this Christmas. Enjoy a magical experience with Santa and his helpers on various train lines.

Christmas Nativity

Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 December

Forrest Place | 7.30pm

The traditional story of Christmas is brought to life in Forrest Place with hundreds of performers, live animals and Christmas carols. Be sure to bring the whole family to this enchanting annual event.

Charity Gift Wrapping

Supporting HeartKids WA

Monday 3 December to Monday 24 December

10am to 4pm, Saturday, Monday – Thursday

1pm to 4pm, Sunday

10am to 7pm, Friday and late night trading

Get all your Christmas gift wrapping taken care of and support the families of children with heart disease at the same time. Look for the gift wrapping station in Murray Street Mall and for every gold coin donation, you can have one present wrapped.


Friday, November 16 – Monday, December 24, 2012


Perth, Western Australia

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