Perth is full of festive cheer this Christmas and there’s plenty to see and do. The lights are sparkling, the ornaments are on display, and the tree is up. And there are events as well to help spread the joy around so if you’ve got a minute to take it all in, spend some time in the street and catch some of that Christmas spirit that’s in the air.
This year’s Christmas Lights Trails will see two routes take holiday-happy snappers on meandering magical walks through Perth. All you need to do is bring the Christmas spirit and make sure there’s enough space on your phone to save all the photos you’ll take along the way.
With building projections and street decorations also accompanying the twinkling light displays, visitors to this year’s installations will also be able to forge their own path if they so choose instead of following the Blue Trail or the Purple Trail.More information on the Christmas City Light Trails.
The adventurous duo will go on a Christmas Cracker Adventure, and will this year travel across Christmas at Home, Winter Wonderland, Candy Land and Nutcracker Land windows, which will once again be brought to life by Perth activations company Mardie + Co. Bobo and Mouse were created by local Scarborough designer, The Teddy Tree.Christmas Cracker Adventure
3. Have a Very Jazzy Christmas
The Western Australian Jazz Project is jazzing up the CBD this festive season, with their debut Christmas Concert.
Perth’s Concert Hall will welcome 17 internationally acclaimed musicians for an absolutely thrilling rendition of Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite, as well as some of the world’s most beloved Christmas songs.
We’re also hoping to see musical theatre legend John James O’Hara make an appearance.
A Very Jazzy Christmas will be taking place on Thursday 16 December at 7:30pm.
Get your tickets here.
4. Raine Square Snow Days
Raine Square is getting in on the festive season with snow days from 6:15pm Thursdays to Sunday as part of the Christmas City Lights Trail.
The mystical wonderland will be complete with DJs and a prize pool of over $25,000 for shoppers who spend more than $20.
It’s on now at Rain Square.
5. Christmas Markets in the CBD
On Wednesday 1 December and Thursday 2 December from 11am to 2:30pm, the iconic Central Park Christmas Markets return with more than 30 stalls with food and drinks, live entertainment, jewellery, stunning floral bouquets and house plants, handmade gifts, local produce, as well as treats for pets.
6. Home Alone in Concert
Is it Christmas without a screening of Home Alone? How about taking it up a notch with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra who will be performing the music from the movie live at RAC Arena. It’s your chance to experience John William’s incredible score in person alongside the screening of a Christmas classic.Get your tickets here.
Keeping with the movie theme, Moonlight Cinemas is taking over Kings Park and Botanic Garden for another summer. The lead-up to Christmas will feature a bunch of our favourite seasonal films including The Grinch That Stole Christmas, Die Hard, Elf and Home Alone. See the full December program.Moonlight Cinemas
8. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker
9. WASO’s Christmas Spectacular
The West Australian Symphony Orchestra isn’t just bringing to life Home Alone this festive season, but they’re also be performing beloved Christmas classics at this free end-of-year concert at RAC Arena. Think songs like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Here Comes Santa Claus featuring more than 130 West Australian performers led by WASO Chorus conductor Peter Moore and a cast of singers including Amy Manford, Genevieve McCarthy and Paul O’Neill.
It’s a not to be missed event happening on 11 December.More information and tickets here.
10. Carols at the Monastery
This weekend, the Redemptionist Monastery is hosting Carols at the Monastery. The songs will be performed by Perth Symphonic Chorus as well as a brilliant brass quintet.
Tickets start at $10 for this wonderful Christmas event.More info and tickets here.
11. Wannero Botanic Gardens
Experience The Magic Of Christmas at Wanneroo Botanic Gardens again this festive season as you wind your way through the stunning five acres of gardens and your eyes light up sparkly tree after sparkly tree.
Entry is free for all mini golf players and Leapfrogs dining guests, while everyone else who just wants to soak in the atmosphere will be charged $5.More information here.
12. Mandurah Canal Christmas Lights Trail
Perth isn’t the only place in town with its own Christmas Lights Trail. Mandurah and its more than 200 houses on canals will be lighting up the night. You’ll be able to jump on a cruise to experience it all from the water thanks to a bunch of different cruise companies.
Check them all out here and get your Christmas cheer on.