It’s December! For some, that means welcoming the start of the summer season and warm, sunny days. But for others, December 1st means something else - it’s time to start getting ready for Christmas! 

After you’ve dug out the tree, put up the lights and carefully curated the placement of your decorations (don’t lie, we all do it), it’s time to start thinking about how else to get into the Christmas spirit, like sussing out the range of Chrissie events and places to grab some last minute - but no less thoughtful - Christmas gifts.

So, we’ve written this article to share everything you need to know about planning your 2022 Christmas, right here in Perth!

Christmas Events

There’s plenty to see and do in Perth this December to get you into the Christmas spirit! Here’s just a few Christmas themed events and festivities that are on offer for you and the whole family to enjoy. 

Christmas Carols and Concerts

Nothing gets you in the mood for the festive season like Christmas music! We’re not talking about those terrible songs they play on repeat throughout shopping centres, we’re talking about proper musical events. 

Get your carols on at the Fremantle Community Christmas Carols, with several choirs and music groups belting out festive favourites across the evenings of the 9-10th December. If you’re after something a bit more grandiose, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra is holding their annual WASO’s Christmas Spectacular on Saturday 11th December, with both an afternoon and an evening performance available. Or for a more traditional event, bring the family to the City of Perth Christmas Nativity (18-19th December) to experience the story of Christmas as led by a range of young performers, community choirs and professional acts - get your tickets now!

City of Perth Christmas Nativity

Christmas Community Festivals and Pageants

It’s not just about the music of course - nothing says Christmas like a pageant! The Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant (Saturday 4th December) returns to the City Of Perth again, but this year is celebrating 50 years of magic! To make your trip into the city easier, the City of Perth is even offering 3P Free Parking at His Majesty’s Car Park, Cultural Centre Car Park and Pier Street Car Park throughout December. ACROD parking is available in each of the City of Perth car parks.

If you want to get a bit more hands on, there’s plenty of Christmas-themed activities to get around at both the 'Tis the Season Saturday Sessions in Fremantle and Optus Stadium’s Christmas Festival. ‘Tis the Season is held on the first 3 Saturday mornings of December, with a range of kid-friendly workshops, face painting, crafts and even a silent disco! The Christmas Festival on the other hand runs for the first 3 Sunday evenings of December, with food carts, market stalls, kids activities and two movie screenings each night.

'Tis the Season Saturday Sessions in Fremantle

Christmas Lights and Decorations

No matter where you live throughout Perth, there’s a Christmas wonderland close by! The Fremantle Christmas Light Show is taking place on 16-17th December this year, with an immersive light show projected onto the historic Fremantle Town Hall and St John’s Church. 

Over in the Perth City, the City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail is already in full swing! Forge your own festive journey through the dazzling light displays, enchanting building projections and joyful street decorations every night until the 2nd January, from 6pm-11pm.

Or, check out The Magic of Christmas being hosted by Wanneroo Botanic Gardens each night from 7pm and experience a unique light event over 5 acres of stunning gardens and sparkly trees!

City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail
City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail

Places to see Santa

How could we forget the big man himself!

You can find Santa Claus at a range of places before he sets off on his annual gift-giving voyage, including Christmas at Karrinyup (the newly completed shopping centre), Christmas At The Orchard Perth and over at Cathedral Square to name just a few places. Check out each event to see what time he’s planning to show up, or check out our Christmas Events in Perth page for more places he might be visiting! 

Christmas Lights & Santa Event at The Orchard Perth
Christmas at The Orchard Perth

Christmas Markets

There’s also a range of Christmas Markets being held in Perth across December, with stalls selling plenty of crafts and artisanal goods. 

From the 3rd-5th December, the Fremantle Arts Centre is hosting their Christmas markets Bazaar 2021, a celebration of handmade, quality craftsmanship, showcasing the work of 50 local designers, artists and makers (fashion, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, woodwork, toys, homewares, prints, stationery and more). On the 5th of December over in the Swan Valley, Markets At Elmar's has plenty of stalls featuring jewellery, candles, cupcakes, honey, jams, chutney and more. The Perth Hills Artisan Christmas Market is another fantastic option (11th-12th December), with a range of stalls offering jams, sweet treats, art and even workshops!

It should come as no surprise that arts and crafts aren’t the only things on offer at these Christmas markets - there’s plenty of music, delicious food and drinks, and live entertainment to go around for everyone. 

Christmas Markets
Bazaar 2021, Fremantle

Christmas Gifts & Experiences

As Christmas approaches (and as online deliveries start to become a little more uncertain) it’s the perfect opportunity to try something a little different this year - which is exactly what Tourism Western Australia has in mind!

Head to their Give The Gift Of Travel campaign page to browse a range of local Perth businesses that are offering amazing deals on bucket-list adventures, indulgent food and wine experiences, Aboriginal cultural tours and so much more, including Skydive Perth CityMandurah Cruises, Amaroo Retreat & Spa, Perth Waterbike Co. and Oydssea City Beach.

Looking for something a bit more tangible to give a loved one on Christmas Day? You can purchase gift cards and other presents from a range of Perth based operators, including AQWA, Hidden deTours, The Perth Mint and the Fremantle Markets.

Check out our Perth Christmas Gift Guide for even more local gifting inspiration!

Santa Skydiving with Skydive Australia
Santa Skydiving with Skydive Perth City

Christmas Dining

With work and school finishing for the year, it’s the perfect time to catch up with friends, family and colleagues to celebrate another year gone and the start of the festive season. That means plenty of food, drink and good times! 

Whether you’re looking to host a Christmas function for your work buddies, celebrate Friendsmas as a group, or just looking to have an intimate dining experience with a loved one, there’s plenty of options to choose from. Here’s two in particular that you’ll love!

The Duxton Hotel Perth is hosting a Christmas Dinner Dance on the 17th and 18th December; priced at $129 per person, it includes a full Christmas Buffet, five hour beverage package, entertainment, mystery prize, Christmas decorations and more.

For something a bit more indulgent, the Hyatt Regency Perth Festive High Tea is hosted every Saturday afternoon (ending 18th December). With 2 packages available at $90 per person (premium tea selections, festive cocktail on arrival, two hours of free-flow sparkling wine) and $75 per person (premium tea selections, two hours of free-flowing non-alcoholic beverages), you can enjoy the day no matter what vibe you’re feeling. Live music and a curated selection of sweet and savoury treats are included in both packages.

Check out more Perth Christmas Dining options here.

Hyatt Regency Perth's Festive High Tea
Hyatt Regency Perth's Festive High Tea

Christmas Day

Last but not least - the big day itself!

If you’re not in the mood to cook or host this year, then celebrate with family and friends at one of the many, many venues across Perth that are ready to serve up a storm on Christmas Day.
Check out the Christmas Day Festive Feasts at Santini Grill (only taking dinner bookings), Christmas Day At Pagoda Resort (buffet breakfast and 5 course lunch) and Christmas Day Luncheon at Pan Pacific Perth just to name a few.

With December 25th less than a month away and coming up fast, bookings for Christmas Day dining and entertainment are filling up very quickly. We advise that you check directly with the relevant venue to enquire about last minute availability. For more inspiration, check out our What’s On In Perth This Christmas Day page.

There’s plenty to get excited about this festive season! Start planning your Christmas in Perth today to make the most of your summer with friends and family.

Published on

30th Nov 2021


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