Hundreds of thousands of dazzling lights will brighten Perth’s streets and malls as part of the City of Perth’s annual Christmas Lights Trail this week.
From Friday 19 November until 2 January, the well-loved festive event will be back again, with two illuminated trails to follow and 26 installations to discover across Central Perth and Northbridge.
Visitors will be encouraged to look out for installations including a rainbow Christmas tree, a giant snow dome, magical swans and a peacock.
Crowd favourites Christmas Projections at St Georges Cathedral, Council House Kangaroos (Mooditj Yongas) and the Constellation Tunnel presented by Lotterywest at Northbridge Piazza will return once again.
This year, the City of Perth also invited creative young minds from Perth Children’s Hospital and Trinity College to design their own Christmas decorations. Three winning creations have been turned into real-life streetlight decorations, making their debut at Council House.
Adding Christmas cheer, there will be roving entertainment every Friday and Saturday night until 18 December along the trail.
Visitors are encouraged to look out for Santa who will be spreading Christmas cheer every Friday night in the Murray Street Mall and every Sunday night at the front of Council House, before taking a rickshaw tour to Northbridge.
“We’re excited to see the city shine this Christmas with more than half a million Christmas lights and 500 individual decorations,” City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said.
“The City is the place to be this Christmas with plenty of events and activities for everyone. We can’t wait to welcome Western Australians into the city to experience the wonder of Christmas in the City of light.”
Minister for Housing and Local Government and Member for Perth John Carey said he was pleased the State Government could support the event through a Lotterywest grant.
“I have been a big supporter and long championed the Christmas Lights Trail in the Perth CBD, and it’s fantastic the McGowan Government has been able to support this year’s event with a $200,000 Lotterywest grant,” Mr Carey said.
“For so many of us, we look forward to this time of the year where we can be among family and friends, and I want to encourage as many people as possible to get into the city to enjoy the spectacular Christmas lights and installations on offer, as well as support local shops, restaurants and bars to help boost the local economy.”
The City of Perth is proud to have Lotterywest as a Major Supporter of the event, bringing the community the Constellation Tunnel in Northbridge Piazza. Thanks also to partners WA Museum Boola Bardip, Elizabeth Quay, RAC Arena, Kings Square, Yagan Square, Raine Square, Piccadilly Arcade, 140 and Brookfield Place.
The Christmas Lights Trail will feature on the Perth Trails app, which offers informative walking trails suitable for people of all ages.
During the festive season, the City of Perth will also host a variety of events including the Twilight Hawkers Market every Friday night, Perth Home Grown Markets every Sunday and Christmas Nativity plays on 18 and 19 December in Forrest Place. Returning to the City’s annual events program are crowd favourites the Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant and West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s Lotterywest Christmas Spectacular.
Across the entire festive season, the City of Perth will continue with current CPP parking offers including:
Three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays at CPP Cultural Centre, Pier Street and His Majesty’s
$5 night-time parking at select car parks on weekdays and weekends and
$10 all-day parking at select car parks on weekdays only.
There will also be increased ACROD bays available at City events including Christmas Nativity and New Year’s Eve.
For more information on free city activities this Christmas from 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022, head to visitperth.com.
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Christmas Lights Trail
19 November to 2 January | Throughout the city | Nightly from 6pm | Free
Everyone's favourite Christmas tradition is back. With a total of 26 stops this year, visitors can choose between two illuminated trails featuring dazzling light displays and joyful street decorations. Plus, there's roving entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
19 November to 2 January | St George’s Cathedral, Cathedral Square | From 7.45pm | Free
Enchanting animated projections will light up the facade of St George’s Cathedral, enhancing the building’s features with colour and conveying the joys of an Aussie Christmas day.
Every Friday from 19 November, 6 to 8pm | Murray Street Mall | Sunday from 7 to 8pm | Council House | Free
Visitors are encouraged to look out for Santa who will be spreading Christmas cheer every Friday night in the Murray Street Mall and every Sunday night outside Council House, before taking a rickshaw tour to Northbridge.
Twilight Hawkers Market
Every Friday from 19 November until 25 March (excluding 24 December) | Forrest Place 4.30pm to 9.30pm | Free
Perth's original and largest hawkers’ market is back for another round of balmy Friday nights and delectable street food. With live local music and 35 food stalls, it’s the perfect night out.
Perth Home Grown
Every Sunday | Murray Street Mall | 11am to 4pm | Free
Perth Home Grown is teeming with year-round sustainable fresh produce. During the festive season, expect to find handmade gifts, delicious treats and homewares including Christmas cakes, gingerbread, and gourmet products.
Perth Maker’s Market
19 November | 4pm to 9pm | Perth Cultural Centre | Free
This night-time Christmas Market will be offering high quality handmade crafters from Western Australia an opportunity to sell their goods and a great time for everyone to do some Christmas gift shopping. Come wander the stalls, get a picture with Santa, grab a snack and take in all that the Perth handmade community has to offer.
Christmas Fashion Upmarket
27 November | 10am to 4pm | Perth Town Hall | Free
Recipients of the Perth Town Hall grant, the Rag Pop Up is taking over for Christmas. Expect a vibrant spring fashion, beauty and accessory extravaganza at this fabulous indoor location.
28 November | 10am to 4pm | UWA
Discover Perth’s best Christmas market in the UWA gardens and surrounds. The market brings together over 180 of Perth’s most talented artists, designers, craftsmen and gourmets all under one roof at The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall.
Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant
4 December | St Georges Terrace | 7.30pm to 9.30pm | Free
Relive your childhood and experience the wonder of the Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant when it returns for its 50th year, bringing Christmas magic to the streets of Perth.
10 December to 3 January (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day) | Perth Cultural Centre | 4pm to late | Free with paid ride tokens
Perth Cultural Centre will be a blur of carnival lights, sounds and colours these holidays with thrilling rides, show bags, sideshow alley and snow falling every 30 minutes.
Watertown Christmas Market
10 to 12 December | Watertown | 11am to 6pm | Free
Watertown are excited to be hosting our first ever Christmas Market! Come and get into the Christmas spirit and get your shopping done for the whole family in one easy, central location. Plus, see the largest teddy bear in the southern-hemisphere from Wednesday 17 November.
WASO’S Lotterywest Christmas Spectacular
11 December | RAC Arena | 2pm and 7pm | Free, tickets required
Experience Perth’s largest classical music concert and enjoy a magical night of whimsical and nostalgic Christmas carols.
18 and 19 December | Forrest Place | 7pm to 8.30pm | Free
See the true story of Christmas brought to life on stage by festive performers and much-loved Christmas carols.
Festive Farmer’s Market at Perth City Farm
18 December | 8am to 12pm | Perth City Farm | Free
Come down to Perth City Farm to celebrate Christmas and the New Year with us. You will find the biggest selection of gourmet food products and the best organic and biodynamic produce, as well as a range of stalls selling gorgeous ethically produced gifts.
The City at New Year’s Eve
31 December | Yagan Square, Perth Cultural Centre, WA Museum and Northbridge | From 6pm | Free
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the city with plenty of activities for all ages. Enjoy fun entertainment at the Yagan Square Variety Stage, interact with roving performers and get crafty at the kids’ workshops. There will also be the annual family fireworks at 9pm and again at midnight to ring in the new year.
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