From the Lights of Lobethal to European-style Christmas markets, you'll find plenty of Christmas spirit and magical experiences in the Adelaide Hills during the festive season.
Germans are known for magical Christmas experiences and with Australia’s oldest surviving German settlement (Hahndorf) and a number of German townships, the Adelaide Hills region is the perfect place for festive fun.
The Lights of Lobethal Festival has been attracting visitors and locals far and wide to the village of Lobethal to ignite that festive feeling for more than 60 years. Many enjoy this activity as a tradition that marks the start of the Christmas season. In December the largest community Christmas light display in the Southern Hemisphere will light up your hearts. Fill the car with family, friends and Christmas tunes and see the lights in style. Visit the living nativity (two performances nightly) and catch the Christmas pageant parade and Centennial Hall Market.
Hahndorf is a hive of activity during the Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market), a European-style Christmas market complete with light displays, festive market stalls, live entertainment, food and drink stands and more! The township itself is transformed for a special weekend in December - this is your chance to discover Hahndorf like you've never seen it before with traders open late for gift shopping, restaurants and cafes available for tasty meals, wineries pouring to quench your thirst, and a whole lot of entertainment guaranteed to delight all ages. If you’re up for a whole weekend of Christmas cheer, why not stay a night or two in the Adelaide Hills to really soak up the atmosphere!
There are many Christmas pageants and carol nights in the towns and villages of the Adelaide Hills and here are just some of the highlights:
The Hahndorf Candlemaker in Hahndorf's main street is the place to visit for an enchanting window display of Christmas decorations and traditional German Christmas pyramids. Their range of German folk art is imported all the way from Seiffen, Germany. Learn about the tradition of wood-carving and pick up an ornament or two for the tree!
Head to Melba's Chocolates and Confectionery, an Adelaide Hills institution located in Woodside for special twilight trading hours and activities in the lead-up to Christmas. As well as the incredible range of traditional chocolate and confectionery treats there are free fun activities for the whole family - from face painting, colouring competitions and special demonstrations through to garden games and appearances from Father Christmas. It's worth a trip on its own but combining a visit to Melba’s with the Lights of Lobethal is recommended for a truly magical (and delicious) night out.