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Darwin Christmas Trail

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

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Darwin, and this year we've put together a Christmas Trail 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 Activities

Christmas Tree lights launch and Boutique Markets - 30 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 - 1st December | Shop 1, Voyage Arcade, The Mall | 9.30am onwards

Santa will be in his village between 1st - 24th December (closed Sundays) from 9.30 – 11am and 11.30 – 1pm along with our fun in the parks team with craft activities. Face Painting, balloon artist and a photo booth will also be in attendance to celebrate the opening.

Carols by Candlelight - 2 December | Amphitheatre, Botanic Gardens | 4.30pm onwards

The Christmas in Darwin Association is proud to present the 44th Annual Carols by Candlelight Darwin and continuing raising funds for children in need - the 2018 recipients are the Down Syndrome NT and Alawa Scouts. 

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 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.

City of Darwin Brass Band - 8,15 and 22 December | The Mall | 10am-12pm

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

Karama Family Fun Fair - 8 December | Karama Shopping Centre | 3pm-5pm

Join City of Darwin Alderman at the annual Karama Family fun fair to be held in Karama Shopping Centre. Jumping Castle, animals from Territory Wildlife Park, 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.

Casuarina Pool Christmas Party - 16 December | Casuarina Pool | 10am - 2pm

Join City of Darwin Aldermen at a very Aussie Christmas pool party with free sausage sizzle, cake, plenty of water wonderland games including inflatable water slides, inflatable obstacle course, face painting, photo booth, animals form Territory Wildlife Park will all be part of the fun. Free entry to Casuarina Pool all day.

Christmas Bedtime Stories - 19 December | Casuarina Library | 6pm

‘Twas 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

Nightcliff Foreshore Tropical Christmas bike ride - 23 December | Nightcliff Pool | 4.30pm - 6.30pm

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

This FREE, all ages event will kick off at 4.30pm at the Foreshore Cafe. At 4.45pm, 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 on Wheels' Tropical Christmas Bike Ride and receive a goodie bag on the day!

Please ensure you bring a helmet along for the ride.

Santa visits libraries for Story Time

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

  • Casuarina Library Monday 10 December 10am
  • Karama Library Tuesday 11 December 10am
  • Darwin City Library Wednesday 12 December 10am
  • Nightcliff Library Thursday 13 December 10am
Libraries Christmas Craft Activities for ages 5 to 12+

Upcycled Christmas Ornaments

  • Casuarina Library Tuesday 18 December 10 to 11.30am
  • Nightcliff Library Wednesday 19 December 10 to 11.30am
  • Darwin City Library Thursday 20 December 10 to 11.30am
  • Karama Library Friday 21 December 10 to 11.30am
Last modified 
09 Aug 2019

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