Christmas in Darwin

Darwin sparkles in the lead up to Christmas

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Christmas Elves
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The magic of Christmas will be arriving soon in Darwin, with a range of interactive and free family events happening across the municipality during November and December.

City of Darwin will be hosting a range of fun and festive activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Christmas is a time for everyone to come together and celebrate and the City of Darwin is pleased to offer a number of events across the city to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

The A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant

The action starts with the popular ‘A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant’ on Saturday 18 November 2023, delivered in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government.

The Darwin Christmas Pageant sees community groups, schools, not-for-profits and businesses building and showcasing floats through the heart of Darwin City, followed by the Lord Mayor lighting the Christmas tree to officially launch Christmas in Darwin.

Starting from Knuckey Street on the Esplanade, the floats will dance, walk and parade across Cavenagh Street, down Bennett Street and finish at Herbert Street.

Santa’s Village 

A magical Santa’s Village will also open from Friday 24 November, running every Friday and Saturday until Saturday 9 December, after which it will run every day (except Sunday) from Monday 11 December to Thursday 21 December.

Santa will be setting up his village at the Darwin Galleria off the Smith Street Mall and will provide the opportunity to experience the joy of Christmas and meet Father Christmas, with free photos with Santa available for kids and parents alike.

Ward Parties

There will also be Christmas parties taking place in each of the Wards, including:

Casuarina Cinemas Christmas party (Richardson Ward)

Date: Saturday 25 November 2023
Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm
Location: Casuarina Cinemas
Activities include: A visit from Santa, face painting, Fun Bus activities, the return of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ game, Christmas giveaways, and two new release movies – Trolls Band Together and The Marvels!

Karama Family Fun Fair (Waters Ward)

Date: Saturday 9 December 2023
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Karama Shopping Plaza
Activities include: A visit from Santa, face painting, local school performances, Christmas giveaways, lucky prize draws, library and Fun Bus activities and much more!

Santa’s Fun on Wheels and Carols by the Sea (Chan Ward)

Date: Saturday 16 December 2023
Time: Santa’s Fun on Wheels: 5pm – 6pm
Time: Carols by the Sea: 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location: Nightcliff foreshore and Nightcliff Pool
Activities include: Santa’s Fun on Wheels, free entry to Nightcliff Pool between 3pm – 8:30pm, Carols by the Sea starting at 6:15pm, listen to Darwin City Brass Band and special guests as they bring the spirit of Christmas to life through carols.

Bring along the family, a picnic rug and your best singing voice.

Visit City of Darwin’s website for all the details: