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Christmas in Darwin 2019

Get into the festive spirit and join our Christmas program filled with exciting activities for all ages at many City of Darwin locations around town.

Christmas in Darwin begins with the lighting of the Tree in Smith Street Mall on Friday 29 November. Join the Darwin Chorale under a canopy of lights for a festive evening for the whole family.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Darwin, and this year we've put together a Christmas program filled with super fun activities.

There is loads going on across Darwin suburbs, find out what's in your area via the map below.

City of Darwin Christmas Program 1

City of Darwin Christmas Program 2

Download the City of Darwin Christmas Calendar 2019

City of Darwin Christmas Activities

Christmas Tree lights launch and Boutique Markets - 29 November | The Mall |4pm-9pm

City of Darwin along with the Darwin City Waterfront retailers Association invite you to join us in the Smith St Mall for festive fun! Featuring great food, crafts and The Darwin Chorale singing your favourite Christmas songs. At the Bennett St end of the Mall the lights will be turned on the City of Darwin Christmas Tree at 7.30pm

Santa Village opens and fun in the parks activities - 30 November | The Mall | 9.30am onwards

Santa will be in his village, in the Mall opposite the playground, between 30 November - 24 December (closed Sundays) from 9.30 – 11am and 11.30 – 1pm along with our fun in the parks team with craft activities. Face Painting, a photo booth and lots of fun activities will also be there to celebrate the opening.

Carols by Candlelight - 1 December | Amphitheatre, Botanic Gardens | 4.30pm onwards

The Christmas in Darwin Association is proud to present the 45th Annual Carols by Candlelight Darwin and continuing raising funds for children in need.

Christmas is just around the corner! It’s time to gather the kids and head to carols for a night of festive cheer, lighting a candle and sing along.

Hosts this year are Ali & Greg from Mix 104.9 and the Australian Army Band performing with many other well-known acts getting everyone in to the festive spirit. Finishing off the night with a massive fireworks display that could blow Rudolph's antlers off.

Gates open at 4:30pm, concert starts at 6.30pm and is gold coin entry. Food and refreshments are available to purchase from the Kiwanis Club.
This is a family friendly event so we ask that you please leave your smokes and alcohol at home.

Karama Family Fun Fair - 7 December | Karama Shopping Centre | 2pm-5pm

Join City of Darwin Alderman at the annual Karama Family fun fair to be held in Karama Shopping Centre. Jumping Castle, arts and crafts, face painting, photo booth, School Choirs singing Christmas songs and so much more.

Karama Library will be open for the event, get creative at the craft table, see a 3D printer in action, explore new worlds with virtual reality, play with different robots. Plus enjoy heaps of other activities.

City of Darwin Brass Band - 14 December | The Mall | 10am-11am

Come along to hear Darwin City Brass band perform a variety of Christmas carols and songs in the Mall.

Casuarina Pool Christmas Party - 15 December | Casuarina Pool | 10am - 2pm

Join City of Darwin Aldermen at a very Aussie Christmas pool party with a free sausage sizzle, cake, plenty of water wonderland games including inflatable water slides, photo booth and a DJ will all be part of the fun. Free entry to Casuarina Pool all day.

Drag Queen Christmas Bedtime Stories - 18 December | Casuarina Library | 6pm-7pm

The week before Christmas when all through the Library
Not a child was stirring and their eyes were all starry.
The Christmas stories were told with joy and a song.
Wear your pyjamas and bring your teddy along.

All ages welcome. No bookings required

Merry Lego Christmas - 20 December | Casuarina Library | 3.30pm-4.30pm

We cannot imagine a Christmas without Lego fiesta.
Come on, build with us!

Santa Fun on Wheels 22 December | Nightcliff Foreshore | 4pm - 6pm

Join Santa for the City of Darwin Santa Fun on Wheels Tropical Christmas Bike Ride!

This FREE, all ages event will kick off at 4.00pm at the Nightcliff Pool foreshore side. At 5.00pm, riders will form a merry procession along with Nightcliff Foreshore through to Rapid Creek Bridge, finishing at Nightcliff Pool. At the end of the ride, participants can enjoy a refreshing swim and a range of fun activities, including a jumping castle and photo booth! Participants are encouraged to don themselves AND their bikes with as much tropical Christmas bling, trinkets and cheer as they can muster...prizes will be on offer for those who impress our judges!

If you would like to join in the merry procession, register for the City of Darwin 'Santa Fun on Wheels' Bike Ride and receive a goodie bag on the day!

Please ensure you bring a helmet along for the ride.

City of Darwin Brass Band Carols by the sea - 22 December | Nightcliff Pool | 6pm-7.30pm

Come along to hear Darwin City Brass band perform a variety of Christmas carols and songs at the Nightcliff Pool.

Santa visits libraries for Story Time

Santa and his reindeer are coming to the Library for Story Time.

  • Casuarina Library Monday 9 December 10am
  • Darwin City Library Wednesday 11 December 10am
  • Karama Library Thursday 12 December 10am
Fun Bus Christmas Party

Come and join the Fun Bus team for a great Christmas Party.

  • Bagot Community Monday 9 December 9.30am-11.30am
  • Malak Community Centre Tuesday 10 December 9.30am-11.30am
  • Malak Community Centre Wednesday 11 December 9.30am-11.30am
  • Lyons Community Centre Thursday 12 December 9.30am-11.30am
  • Lyons Community Centre Friday 13 December 9.30am-11.30am
Christmas Photo Booth
  • Casuarina Library Monday 16 December 10am-11.30am
  • Darwin City Library Tuesday 17 December 10am-11.30am
  • Nightcliff Library Wednesday 18 December 10am-11.30am
  • Karama Library Thursday 19 December 10am-11.30am
Christmas Family Story Time
  • Casuarina Library Saturday 14 December 10am-11am
  • Darwin City Library Saturday 14 December 10am-11am
  • Casuarina Library Saturday 21 December 10am-11am
Santa's Tech Zone
  • Casuarina Library Tuesday 17 December 3pm-5pm
  • Darwin City Library Friday 20 December 3pm-4.30pm
Christmas Movie
  • Casuarina Library Monday 16 December 2pm-3.30pm (I'll be home for Christmas)
  • Karama Library Tuesday 17 December 2pm-4pm (The Grinch-2018)
  • Darwin City Library Thursday 19 December 2pm-4pm (Frozen)
Last modified 
18 Nov 2019

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