Christmas in Darwin

FAQ

Below you can find some really helpful information regarding the Christmas Pageant.
Have you got another question? Email us at hello@averydarwinchristmas.com.au

WHAT TIME AND WHERE DOES THE PAGEANT START?

The Pageant starts where the Esplanade meets Knuckey Street and begins at 5pm sharp! Please note that hard road closures will be in place from 4pm, so we recommend planning ahead and arriving early.

Click here to join the Christmas Pageant Facebook event. 

WHERE SHOULD I PARK?

Thanks to City of Darwin you can park at any of the below convenient locations for free on Saturday 18 November:

  • Dragonfly carpark (opening hours extended to 10pm)
  • West lane carpark (opening hours extended to 10pm)
  • State Square carpark
  • Jervois road carpark
  • Nichols Place carpark
  • Civic Centre carpark
  • Fort Hill carpark

As road closures will be in place, West Lane and State Square carparks will be inaccessible between 4pm – 6pm, please plan ahead and review the information on road closures ahead of the event.

Accessible access:

All off-street car parks in the CBD have accessible parking. This includes the following car parks with close proximity to the event, such as West Lane, State Square, Civic Centre and Nichols Place. Please check the road closures timetable to ensure accessibility to West Lane and State Square car parks before timing your visit.

There will also be accessible street parking available around the route, on the Esplanade, Mitchell Street and Smith Street. To view the map showing all the accessible parking bays around the Christmas Pageant Route click here.

We’re pleased to offer a longer route this year, which means there are more viewing areas than ever before to ensure more spots are accessible for viewing.

There will also be an accessible drop off zone at Tourism Top End on Bennett Street, which will be open until 4pm. After this time, the road will be closed for the pageant and will reopen again after 8pm.

Our event staff will also be there for support to ensure you have a great event experience. For any questions on accessing the event, please contactevents@darwin.nt.gov.au.

WHAT ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE IN PLACE?

There will be road closures and detours in place before, during and after the Pageant to ensure the safety of our attendees. Road closures are as follows:

  • 8am: Part road closure of Smith Street between bus interchange and Bennett Street
  • 2pm: Hard road closure on Esplanade Road between Herbert Street and Smith Street
  • 4pm: Hard road closures:
    • Esplanade Road, between Knuckey Street and Herbert Street
    • Herbert Street, between Mitchell Street and Esplanade Road
    • Knuckey Street, between Esplanade Road and Woods Street
    • Mitchell Street, between Nuttall Place and Herbert Street
    • Cavenagh Street, between Edmunds Street and Bennett Street
    • Bennett Street, between McMinn and Mitchell Street

Road closures will re-open as per the schedule below, and when it is safe to do so:

  • 6pm: Mitchell Street, between Nutall Place and Knuckey Street, between Esplanade and Mitchell
  • 6:15pm: Knuckey Street, between Mitchell Street and Woods Street; Smith Street between Edmunds Street and Knuckey Street
  • 6:30pm Cavenagh Street
  • 7pm: Mitchell Street, between Knuckey Street and Bennett Street; and Herbert Street
  • 8pm: Bennett Street, between West Lane and Cavenagh Street
  • 10pm: Esplanade Road, between Herbert Street and Smith Street

HOW WILL DARWIN BUS SERVICES BE IMPACTED?

Inbound services will travel via Daly St and Smith St and terminate at Searcy St. The majority of all outbound services will depart from Woolworths Cavenagh Street, and please note the Darwin Interchange will be closed between 4:00pm – 6:30pm. For more information please click here. 

IS THE PAGEANT FREE AND DO I NEED TO BOOK TICKETS?

It’s free to attend the A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant, you don’t need to book tickets but we do recommend joining the Facebook event to ensure you’re up to date with all the latest event information.

Click here to join the Facebook event.  

CAN I REGISTER A FLOAT? 

Are you on the naughty list because you forgot to register a float for this year’s Pageant? We will try our best to accommodate late float registrations, email us today at hello@averydarwinchristmas.com.au   

WHERE CAN I GET INSPIRATION ON HOW TO BUILD AND DECORATE MY FLOAT? 

We have developed a range of blogs to help ignite your imagination when it comes to building and decorating your float, these include:
• How to build a float at home
• How to upcycle your Christmas Pageant costume
• Tips on how to make your float sustainable

Check out our news page for more articles!

WHAT SUPPORT CAN I GET TO BUILD OR DECORATE MY FLOAT?

Limited micro grants of up to $500 will be available for NT-based community groups to assist with the costs of participating in the Christmas Pageant. For more information email us at hello@averydarwinchristmas.com.au  

I’VE REGISTERED MY FLOAT, NOW WHAT HAPPENS?

Once your expression of interest is received the Pageant Float Coordinator will be in touch about next steps about finalising your registration. Please note that submitting an expression of interest does not mean your float is automatically accepted in the Pageant. The team is working hard, and we appreciate your patience while we get back to you.

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact
hello@averydarwinchristmas.com.au