Christmas in Darwin

Get Pageant Ready

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Christmas Elves
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The A Very Darwin Christmas Pageant is almost here, from 5pm on Saturday 18 November floats will take to the city streets to Christmas spread cheer to all!

There are more than 650 Territorians taking part in this year’s merry initiative, as well as, over 40 floats ranging from walking groups, dance groups, single vehicle floats and trailer floats.

Amongst all of the Pageant fun will be roving entertainment, activities for the kids, food trucks for light snacks, and following the Pageant will be the Lord Mayor’s annual lighting of the Christmas Tree.

To get you Pageant ready and make sure you’re making the most of the evening’s festivities, the Very Darwin Christmas elves have made a helpful list of top tips for you to check twice before attending this year’s Darwin Christmas Pageant:

BEST VIEWING SPOTS

After the success of the inaugural year, the Christmas Pageant float route has grown to encapsulate more of the Darwin CBD and provide more viewing areas for the thousands of Territorians expected to attend.

Check out the Pageant Route Map below to familiarise yourself with the pageant path and locate your favourite viewing spot. Wherever you decide to set-up Pageant-camp, we recommend you come early.

  • Knuckey Street: Line-up on this street to be the first to see the floats parade into the CBD as they take off from the Esplanade and down Knuckey Street.
  • Tamarind Park: Roll out your picnic mats and grab a snack from the friendly food truck in this park-side viewing spot.
  • Raintree Park: Claim a spot on the grass or get comfortable on the park stairs for an elevated view of the spectacular floats as they dance through.
  • Cavenagh Street: Line-up under the shade structure and cheer the floats toward the finish line as they approach the final stretch.
  • Bennett Street: Be amongst all the Pageant action to send off the floats, enjoy on-stage entertainment and see the Lord Mayor’s Christmas tree lighting.

WHAT TO BRING

Be a pro Pageant attender, equip you and your family with these essential items:

  • Picnic rug and chairs to sit cosy and enjoy the show
  • Sunscreen and sun hat to keep you protected during the Pageant day
  • Water bottles to stay hydrated and refreshed during the event -remember you can get free refills at the Power and Water stations
  • Pageant costumes to get into the Very Darwin festive spirit. If you haven’t gotten a costume yet, learn how you can upcycle a Pageant costume at home!

PARKING

If you’re looking for parking across the city, we recommend trying these convenient spots:

  • Dragonfly carpark
  • West lane carpark (will be affected by road closures between 4pm and 6pm)
  • State Square carpark (will be affected by road closures between 4pm and 6pm)
  • Jervois road carpark
  • Nichols Place carpark
  • Civic Centre carpark
  • Fort Hill carpark

PAGEANT ROUTE

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.

2023 Pageant Route Map
2023 Pageant Route Map