While retailers have been busy stocking their shelves in anticipation, the City of Perth has been tirelessly preparing more than half a million Christmas lights and 550 individual decorations, including a new 12.5 metre walk-through Christmas tree in Murray Street Mall. 

The long-awaited Christmas Lights Trail will be back again, with spectacular animated lights, festive decorations and lively projections brightening malls, streets and parks across the city. 

With two new illuminated trails to follow including accessible features, it’s easy for visitors to create their own journey on any night in the lead up to Christmas. 

To celebrate the launch of the Christmas Lights Trail and to get a glimpse of the new Christmas tree, visitors can head to the city on 16 November for boundless festive entertainment, the Twilight Hawkers Market, Perth Maker’s Market and of course, Santa and his sleigh. 

“The City of Perth is proud to present a festive program of free activities which invites anyone and everyone to experience the wonder of Christmas in the city,” City of Perth Chair Commissioner Eric Lumsden said.
“As the streets and malls fill with cheer, the city is lighting the way with non-stop celebrations, events, shopping and activities for the whole family.” 

Major crowd-pleasing events including the RAC Christmas Pageant, Symphony in the City and Christmas Nativity will return, keeping up nostalgic Christmas traditions.
Sponsored, community and retail partners have undeniably played an important part in lighting up the city with such festivities. 

For more information on free city activities this Christmas, head to visitperth.com.au 

The City at Christmas runs from 16 November to 24 December 2018. Interview opportunities will be available upon request. 

Issued by: Brooke Hunter, Corporate Communications Officer, 0448 610 834, brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au 


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Christmas Lights Trail Launch
16 November | Throughout the city |Entertainment from 5pm, lights on from 6pm | Free

Don’t miss the launch of the Christmas Lights Trail when thousands of dazzling lights transform the city into a magical location this Christmas. Enjoy festive roving entertainment, the Twilight Hawkers Market and of course, Santa and his sleigh. 
Twilight Hawkers Market | Forrest Place | 4.30pm to 9.30pm 
Roving Entertainment | Across the city | 5pm to 9.30pm 
Christmas Lights Trail | Across the city | 6pm to midnight
Christmas Projections | St Georges Cathedral | 7pm to midnight (music concludes at 10pm)


Christmas Lights Trail
16 November to 25 December | Throughout the city | From 6pm | Free

Marvel at stunning animated lights, festive decorations and lively projections brightening malls, streets and parks across the city. With two new trails to follow featuring 18 light installations, it’s easy to create your own journey on any night in the lead up to Christmas. Head to St Georges Cathedral to get a glimpse of the popular Christmas Projections or make it your mission to experience the new additions which will surely create awe and wonder. The map can be downloaded 
here and the main installations are listed below: 
• Santa’s Magical Castle, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street Mall
• Giant Bauble, State Theatre Centre of WA 
• Lifeline Christmas Tree, Yagan Square
• Santa Train, Yagan Square
• Santa’s Secret Elves, Kings Square
• Christmas Constellation, Kings Square
• Tinsel Tunnel, Raine Square
• Yours Truly, Forrest Place
• Jingle all the Way, 140 William
• City of Perth Christmas Tree, Murray Street Mall
• Around the World, Central Park
• Twinkle Twinkle, Outside Enex Hay Street Mall
• Light Up Christmas, Outside David Jones Hay Street Mall
• Stained Glass Christmas Tree, Cathedral Square
• Library Lights, City of Perth Library
• Light Labyrinth, Hibernian Place
• Christmas Projections, St George’s Cathedral
• Hoppy Christmas, Council House. 


Christmas Projections
Until 24 December | St George’s Cathedral, Cathedral Square | From 7.30pm | Free

Enchanting animated projections will light up the facade of St George’s Cathedral, enhancing the building’s features with colour.

Twilight Hawkers Market
Every Friday from 16 November until 29 March| Forrest Place | 4.30pm to 9.30pm | Free 

Perth's original and largest hawkers market is back for another round of balmy Friday nights and delectable street food. With live local music and 35 food stalls, it’s the perfect Friday night out.

Twilight at Yagan Square – Perth Maker’s Market 
16 November | Yagan Square | 4pm to 9pm | Free 

With a focus on quality handmade craft from Western Australian locals, this dynamic market is an opportunity to explore potential gift ideas for Christmas.

Perth Home Grown
Every Sunday | Murray Street Mall | 11am to 4pm | Free

Perth Home Grown is teeming with year-round sustainable fresh produce. During the festive season, expect to find handmade gifts, delicious treats and homewares including Christmas cakes, gingerbread, and gourmet products. 

Live on the Lawn
22 November | Cathedral Square Lawn | 5.30pm to 7.30pm | Free 

Head to the historic Cathedral Square for an evening with talented sopranos. Pack your picnic rug or get in early for the performances.

Christmas Carnival
24 to 25 November and 8 and 9 December | Forrest Place | 10am to 4pm | Free

The carnival is coming to town with a truckload of festive fun including creative Christmas workshops and jolly visits from Santa.

Festive Flicks
Every Saturday from 24 November to 29 December | Northbridge Piazza | From 4.30pm | Free

Grab a snack from a nearby restaurant and pull up a beanbag for free festive movie screenings. The flicks kick off with a special visit from Santa on the big screen. 

Perth Upmarket Christmas Market 
25 November | UWA | 10am to 4pm | Free

From ceramics and succulents through to hand-knitted scarves and collectible items, the Perth Upmarket is a delightful source of craft this Christmas. 

RAC Christmas Pageant
1 December | St George's Terrace | 7.30pm | Free

Relive your childhood and experience the wonder of the RAC Christmas Pageant when it returns for its 46th year, bringing magic and colour to the streets of Perth. 

Brass on the Grass 
5 and 12 December | Victoria Gardens, East Perth | From 5pm | Free

Established in 1898, enjoy the smooth sounds of the historic City of Perth Band as it performs Christmas concerts amidst balmy Perth evenings. On 12 December, don’t miss a special Brass on the Grass hosted by East Perth Community Group and Activate Perth.

Sidewalk Sounds
6, 13 and 20 December | 1217 Hay Street, West Perth | 12 to 2pm | Free

Pick up lunch and enjoy some music and fresh air under the shade of the London Pines in beautiful West Perth – perfect for a balmy summer day.

Christmas Maze - NEW
8 to 16 December | Elizabeth Quay |2pm to 7pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm Saturday and Sunday | Free

Santa’s reindeers have wandered off so why not join in on the hunt inside this giant Christmas Maze? Those who can find all nine reindeer will go into the draw to win a Christmas prize. 

Christmas in the QV1 Plaza x Perth Makers Market 
11 to 13 December | QV1 Plaza | 11am to 3pm | Free

Head to this pop-up market in the QV1 Plaza for the best in hand-made craft courtesy of the Perth Makers Market. 

Christmas Markets - NEW
8 and 15 December | Cathedral Square | 12pm to 7pm | Free

Relive a European Christmas amongst the stunning State Buildings in Cathedral Square. Indulge in fresh produce and gourmet delights while shopping for unique hand-crafted gifts. 
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WASO Symphony in the City
15 December | Langley Park, East Perth | 7.30pm | Free

Experience Perth’s largest classical music concert and enjoy a magical night under the stars. Plus, for the first time ever, visitors will be treated to whimsical and nostalgic Christmas carols.

Christmas Nativity
19 to 21 December | Supreme Court Gardens | 6pm - Pre-show, 7.30pm - Main show | Free

Share in the story of Christmas brought to life on stage with more than one hundred performers, live animals and Christmas carols in the stunning surrounds of the Supreme Court Gardens. Pack a rug and relax under the stars. 

The City at New Year’s Eve
31 December | Northbridge Piazza and Perth Cultural Centre | From 4.30pm | Free

Northbridge is set to come alive with entertaining street performances and free family-friendly activities as part of the City of Perth’s New Year’s Eve celebration on Monday 31 December.

Issued by: 
Brooke Hunter, Communications Officer, 0448 610 834, brooke.hunter@cityofperth.wa.gov.au