City sponsored events such as the Twilight Hawkers Market and the Christmas Nativity in Forrest Place attracted more night-time visitors than any other night in 2022.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said the City was the place to be this Christmas and was thrilled to see so many people taking advantage of all that was on offer.
“Major retail centres in the City are reporting Friday night was the second busiest Friday of the year behind Black Friday. And the busiest weekend of the year full stop,” Mr Zempilas said.
"Our team has worked very hard to improve safety, cleanliness and offer a diverse range of events and attractions in the City and now we are seeing the rewards of that hard work pay off. Thanks to everyone who has played a role in this evolution.
“We’re expecting the crowds to continue this week especially with extended Christmas shopping hours. This means shops can open from 7am to 9pm until Friday and then from 8am to 6pm on Saturday.
“If you have last minute Christmas shopping to do, why not come into the City? There’s free parking after 6pm plus you can explore the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail while you’re here,” Mr Zempilas said.
The Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail is on until 2 January, 2023. Adding Christmas cheer, Santa will be making an appearance every Friday night in the malls and every Saturday at Council House. There will be snow flurries in Forrest Place on Saturday from 6 to 9pm.

Across the entire festive season, the City of Perth is offering:

- Free parking at all CPP carparks after 6pm
- Three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays at CPP Cultural Centre, Pier Street and His Majesty’s.

Issued by: Kelly Eadie  0438 186 896