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 Christmas events in Perth 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 with these Christmas activities in Perth.
1. Candlelight’s Holiday Special Concerts
This December and New Year season, Perth will be ho-ho-hosting a number of Candlelight concerts which sees exceptionally-talented musicians enchant audiences whilst surrounded by a sea of candles. The Candlelight Concert’s Christmas series includes Candlelight Holiday Special: A Night of Christmas Classics, and Candlelight Holiday Special: Featuring ‘The Nutcracker’ and more. Secure your tickets for Perth’s hottest Christmas activity.
Price: $50 – $78
2. Perth’s Largest Christmas Tree
Now, we love a good Christmas tree as much as the next person, but Karrinyup Shopping Centre’s tree is certifiably the largest in Perth measuring a whopping 17.5 metres in height.
The big old tree is adorned with 15,000 lights and 2,500 baubles, while the rest of the centre is covered in 35,000 shimmering baubles and 25,000 metres of lighting in every dang corner. There’s a whole heap of other things going on at Karrinyup for Christmas too, from Santa pet photography to a Santa Letters spot.
Location: Karrinyup Shopping Centre, Karrinyup
3. Dining In The Dark Christmas Edition
On Saturday 17 December, experience a culinary adventure like no other for an unforgettable Christmas event in Perth. The lights will be well and truly absent; blindfolds in action and all for the Dining In The Dark Christmas Edition. The idea is to focus on taste, smell, mouthfeel and sound, all while enjoying a menu with a Christmas flare. The night includes a two-course meal and a drink and will have you dining like it’s the year 1601.
Location: Secret location
4. Christmas Markets
If you’re into the festivities that complement the silly season, then Christmas markets are the place to be for the whole joyous kit and kaboodle. We’ve put together a list of ten poppin’ Christmas markets in and around Perth that might just be up your alley.
From the Perth Upmarket’s Christmas Edition to the Perth Hills Artisan Market, there’ll be something new to discover at one of these ten Christmas events in Perth. Check out our full list of Christmas markets in Perth here.
5. Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail
Every Friday and Saturday from now until Monday 2 January 2023 between 6pm and 3am, be awe-inspired by the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail which takes you on a dazzling 6 kilometre adventure around the CBD and Northbridge.
Now in its sixth year, the trail is back with 35 different large-scale light installations, from traditional Chrissy icons and iconic Australian animals to marvellous projections on Perth’s beautiful buildings. There’ll be festive entertainment and performances throughout the city too – but the projections start at 7:45pm and conclude at midnight.
Location: Perth CBD and Northbridge
6. Love Actually In Concert
This year, instead of watching this festive favourite on Netflix, do yourself a favour and check out Love Actually In Concert, for a very memorable Christmas in Perth. The live orchestra will perform the hit soundtrack live with the film being projected onto a huge screen so you can laugh, cry and cheer alongside the Richard Curtis-directed and written film that we all know and love. Love Actually In Concert is heading for the Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre on Saturday 17 December.
Location: Perth Convention and Entertainment Centre
Price: $60 – $151
7. Moonlight Cinemas
While not strictly Christmas, Moonlight Cinemas always delivers the Christmas film-goods leading up to the big day. This year in the run-up to Christmas in Perth, Moonlight Cinema will feature a bunch of our favourite seasonal films including The Grinch That Stole Christmas, Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, and Home Alone. See the program here for all the films screening this December.
Location: May Drive Parkland, Kings Park
Price: $18 – $70
8. 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. Departing starts from Thursday 1 December, find out the full scope here and get your Christmas cheer on.
Price: Free to view by foot
9. Nutcracker’s Winter Wonderland
10. The Magic Of Christmas at Wanneroo 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.
Location: Wanneroo Botanic Gardens
Price: Free for kids, $5 for adults