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City of Perth - Christmas Lights Trail Launch

Celebrate the launch of the Christmas Lights Trail with a wide array of entertainment across the city as we turn the lights on for the first time.

Christmas Lights Trail Launch 
Friday 17 November 2017
Various times and locations (See below for full program details)
​FREE, Family Friendly

Christmas Light Trail Installations

From 6pm, walk the Christmas Lights Trail to be amazed by the lighting installations including the Christmas Lights Tunnel at Northbridge Piazza, Deconstructed Christmas Tree at Elizabeth Quay, Christmas Projections on St George’s Cathedral and 20 giant candles in Hay Street Mall, Plus heaps more.  


The Christmas Lights Trail Map is also avaialble from the iCity Kiosk from Monday 13 Nov. 

The Christmas Lights Trail can be experienced every night from 6pm until Christmas Day.

The City of Perth’s Christmas charity partner, Lifeline WA, will also be in the city with fun Christmas headbands available for a gold coin donation.

On the launch evening, you can enjoy the Twilight Hawkers Market, Christmas Market, Santa and his sleigh, aerial performances, Christmas concerts and an assortment of lighting installations to enjoy for the first time this Christmas season. From Forrest Place to Cathedral Square and plenty in between, you can celebrate the start of Christmas right across the city.

Christmas Market – Perth Makers Market
Corner William & Wellington Streets
4pm to 9pm
Get some of your Christmas gift shopping done early with a selection of high-quality, handmade crafts from local makers. Wander over 70 stalls, get a picture with Santa, grab a snack and then check out the Christmas Lights Trail as the city comes to life this Christmas.

Twilight Hawkers Market                                
Forrest Place
4.30pm to 9.30pm
Experience unique, culinary delights while you catch up with friends and family over dinner, go for an after work snack, or grab a bite to eat between Christmas shopping or exploring the Christmas Lights Trail.  It’s the perfect Friday night out. With a weekly changing smorgasbord of 40 stalls, offering specialty dishes from more than 30 countries, there are always new flavours to savour.

Spectacular Aerial Performances
Hay St Mall, Central Park and Elizabeth Quay
5pm to 9pm
Enjoy captivating performances by graceful aerialists, demonstrating their strength and agility whilst suspended in the air. Be amazed while these poised performers bend gravity to their will and make the acrobatics and death defying moves look effortless and elegant.

Roving Entertainment
Across the Christmas Lights Trail
5pm to 9pm
You’ll be dazzled by spectacular ballerinas in giant snow globe orb balls, amused by the sweet talking, cheeky Christmas Presents, and of course, Santa himself, who will be on the streets of the Christmas Lights Trail for the evening.  Keep a look out for Santa’s mischievous six white boomers, roaming the streets on the hunt for Santa and his sleigh.

Santa will make a special appearance at his sleigh at Perth Cultural Centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, otherwise say hello to him on his journey through the city as he visits all the Christmas Lights Trail locations.

Live Music
6.30pm to 8.30pm- Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre
7pm to 8.30pm - Northbridge Piazza
Live Christmas acts perform at Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre and Northbridge Piazza. Pull up a beanbag at Northbridge Piazza or take a seat at the Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre and enjoy Christmas music including the Australian Girls’ Choir, Catherine Summers Quintet, The Sweet Teas and Ruby & The Remedy.

Christmas Movies
5.30pm to 7pm - Northbridge Piazza
Before the live music performances kick off, enjoy a selection of short Christmas movies including The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, Shrek the Halls, Kung Fu Panda Holiday and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.

Christmas Tree Harps – Live Performance
Perth Cultural Centre, Wetlands Amphitheatre
6pm to 9pm
The Christmas Tree Harps are guaranteed to not just tantalise your senses, but to also hypnotize and mesmerise! With their combined 94 harp strings to pluck you into the festive spirit, Michelle Smith and Catherine Ashley will take you on a journey of ethereal wonder, performing a range of Christmas hits from Winter Wonderland, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer right through to Jingle Bell Rock. This is a one-night only special performance so make sure not to miss out.

Pixel Sticks
Elizabeth Quay, 6pm to 7.15pm
Murray St Mall (myer entrance), 7.30pm to 9pm
Don’t miss out on creating your own Instagram-worthy images and have a go of twirling pixel sticks that form stunning light patterns and colourful visuals right in front of you.

Event details

Date: Fri 17 Nov 2017

Time: 04:00pm - 09:30pm

Price: Free

Location: Various locations throughout City of Perth. The map is not available at this link, downloadable map available below.


Contact name: City of Perth Customer Service

Phone: 9461 3333