Festivus For the Rest of Us
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and there’s no shortage of family-friendly fun right across the Territory. Check out our round-up of festive events near you and soak up this magical time of year. All free unless otherwise noted.
City of Darwin
Step into Santa’s Village and snag a snap with the jolly man himself – for free! Take your own personal photos with Santa using your own cameras or smart phones. City of Darwin's Fun Bus is also on hand with interactive activities for the kids. It's fabulous festive fun!
WHEN EVERY FRI & SAT, 1 – 9 DEC | DAILY 11-21 DEC (EXC. SUN 17) | 9.30AM-1PM
AT DARWIN GALLERIA
Karama Family Fun Fair
Join City of Darwin for the annual Karama Family Fun Fair. There's something for everyone, with face painting, local school performances, Christmas giveaways and activities, a visit from Santa, and much more.
WHEN SAT 9 DEC | 2-4PM
AT KARAMA SHOPPING PLAZA
Santa Fun on Wheels
Do you own a bike, scooter, skates, unicycle or trike? Roll on down to this all-ages Santa Fun on Wheels event, starting and finishing at Nightcliff Pool, travelling via the foreshore to Rapid Creek bridge and back. Don't forget to wear your best Christmas outfit for the ride!
WHEN SAT 16 DEC | 5-6PM
AT NIGHTCLIFF FORESHORE
Nightcliff Carols by the Foreshore
Get set for a magical night at Nightcliff Foreshore, as Darwin City Brass Band and special guests bring the spirit of Christmas to life through carols. Bring along the family, a picnic rug and your best singing voice. Ho, ho, hope you enjoy a festive eve of tunes!
WHEN SAT 16 DEC | 6.15-8PM
AT NIGHTCLIFF FORESHORE
Carols by Candlelight
Annual festive spectacular, City of Darwin’s Carols by Candlelight returns to bring festive cheer to the masses. Presenting four hours of festive frivolity performed by local vocalists, the Woolworths Christmas Choir and the Band of the first Brigade Army Band, it’s all topped off with a spectacular fireworks finale.
WHEN SUN 3 DEC | 4.30-8.30PM
AT GEORGE BROWN BOTANIC GARDENS
An Evening of Holiday Festivities
Current and ex-serving Defence Force members and their families are invited to decorate personalised tree ornaments before enjoying a delicious Christmas feast. Get into the holiday spirit surrounded by other veterans and their families.
WHEN TUE 12 DEC | 5.30-7.30PM
AT MATES4MATES, STUART PARK
Christmas Craft Week
Enjoy a jam-packed week of activities including a screening of classic Christmas movie Elf, an Auslan story time and DIY decorations and card making. Get festive!
WHEN MON 18 – THU 21 DEC 10-11AM
AT PALMERSTON LIBRARY
Carols By Candlelight
Round up the troops and jingle all the way to K-town's annual community carols event. Featuring local performers, a visit from Santa and plenty of delicious food it’s just the thing to kick off the festive season. Get merry!
WHEN SAT 2 DEC | 5.30PM
AT LINDSAY ST COMPLEX
Tennant Creek Christmas Tree
Tennant Creek’s highly anticipated community event is back for another year to bring the joy of Christmas. There’s special treats and a visit from Santa, plus two-and-a-half-hours of local performances and celebration.
WHEN SAT 9 DEC | 4.30-7PM
AT TENNANT CREEK YOUTH CENTRE
Christmas Carnival & Night Markets
Pick-up last-minute gifts at the Todd Mall Markets, enjoy live entertainment across three stages and watch the highly anticipated Chamber Lawns Christmas tree lighting. Eat, drink and be merry!
WHEN FRI 8 DEC | 5-9PM
AT TODD MALL