Some of the best accessible events near you this festive season!

Alexandria Park, Alexandria Sydney - 7th December 2018. City of Sydney present the Alexandria Christmas Village Concert.

With the summer holidays around the corner, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about some events and activities over the Christmas and New Year period. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite  accessible events all around Australia!

Sydney

The Makers Nest at Tramsheds

Held only twice a year, this popular event showcases those who design and make fashion, jewellery, ceramics, textiles, artworks and more! With 50 stall holders selling all- Australian made products, there is bound to be someone for all ages and budgets. There is also a popular Christmas themed workshop for those who would like to create some art themselves! 

When:
Sunday 10pm-4PM 15/12/ 2019
Where: Tramsheds Harold Park, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge
Accessibility features:
Accessible venue, accessible bathrooms
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Martin Place Christmas Tree

Sydney’s largest Christmas tree will delight audiences and brighten up Martin Place from 23 November to 1 January. Every evening there will be a kaleidoscope of colours every 15 minutes from 7pm. You can also sing along with choirs at the Martin Place tree every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 28 November to 22 December from 6pm to 8:30pm.

When: Saturday 23/12/2019 to to Wednesday 1/1/2020
Where: Martin Place, Sydney
Accessibility features: Accessible venue
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Salvation Army Christmas Carols

For those of you who love a good carol, the Salvation Army are also hosting a community carols event in Martin Place, with a focus on traditional carols!

When: 7pm to 9pm Sunday 22/12/2019 to Tuesday 24/12/2019 
Where:
Martin Place Sydney 
Accessibility features; Accessible venue
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Lights of Christmas

Lights of Christmas, presented by Paynter Dixon and created and produced by AGB Events, will return to St Mary’s Cathedral for its 10th year. The light projection event will continue to showcase community choirs and performers from across Sydney nightly at 7.30pm. 

When: Thursday 5/12/2019 to Wednesday 25/12/2019
Where:
St Mary’s Cathedral Square College Street, Sydney
Accessibility features:
Accessible venue and accessible bathroom 
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Canberra

Sunset Cinema

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to catch up with friends in Canberra this year. Feature films include The Lion King, Hustlers, Love Actually and Frozen II. Check the website to see the full program.

When: 21 Nov 2019 – 11 Jan 2020
Where: National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Accessibility features:
Accessible venue, contact operator for details.
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Handmade Christmas Market

The Handmade Christmas Market will showcase over 270 Australian designer/producers. All products on sale at the Handmade Market are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and meet the maker.
When: 6-8 Dec 2019
Where: Exhibition Park in Canberra, Corner Northbourne Ave and Flemington Road, Mitchell, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Accessibility features: Accessible venue,
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Melbourne

Gingerbread Village

Experience iconic Melbourne landmarks built entirely out of gingerbread in this magical event for the whole family.

With activities and plenty of treats for the kids, as well as delicious baking perfect for gifts, the Gingerbread Village is sure to add smiles to your festive season.

When: 30/11/2019 to 24/12/2019
Where: St Collins Lane, 260 Collins Street Melbourne
Accessibility features: Wheelchair accessible
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Christmas Square at Federation City 

Get into the festive spirit with a visit to Christmas Square, located at Federation Square. Visit Santa’s House to take part in fun daily activities and dance along with Santa on the Digital Facade in an interactive augmented reality experience. There will be free music performances during the month, Food Truck Friday, a nativity scene, silent disco, outdoor cinema, Christmas markets and more, all at Christmas Square!

When:29/11/2019 to 24/12/2019
Where: Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets
Accessible features: Wheelchair accessible, Alternative access, Lift, Accessible bathroom, Ramp access
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Myer Christmas Windows 

Myer has unveiled its 64th year of the magical Christmas windows. This year the theme is The Gumnut Babies by Australian author and illustrator May Gibbs

Featuring Australia’s best loved bush fairies Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, don’t miss the magic of the Myer windows in Bourke Street.
When:10/11/2019 to 05/01/2020
Where:Myer Melbourne 314-336 Bourke Street
Accessibility features: Wheelchair accessible
Click here to learn more

Brisbane

Carols Extravaganza in South Bank Piazza

This festive season, The South Bank Piazza will be home to the Carols Extravaganza – an exciting Christmas production featuring film, song, dance and a visit from Santa himself! From acrobatic aerialists to serene ballet compositions and show stopping vocals, this show is guaranteed to ignite excitement and nostalgia for the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

When: 20/12/2019 – 23/12/2019
Where:
South Bank Piazza Little Stanley Street, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane City
Accessibility features: 
Accessible parking, accessible venue, accessible bathrooms.
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The Enchanted Garden

This Christmas, journey through The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland and experience one of Brisbane’s largest lighting displays.

The Enchanted Garden takes patrons through a series of shimmering gardens and delicately-lit weeping figs, to the treetops of a twinkling rainforest. Additional entry and exit points have been added to this year’s event, so visitors are encouraged to enter and exit the pathways at their own pace.

When: 6pm- 9:30pm, 29/11/2019 – 13/12/2019
Where: 1 Parkland Boulevard, Roma Street Parkland, Brisbane
Accessibility features: Wheelchair accessible, accessible parking, accessible bathrooms
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Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights return with an enchanting, brand new story by celebrated Brisbane Children’s Author Samantha Wheeler.
Taking place nightly, the playful Aussie Christmas tale comes to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes. With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, this intricate lighting display.

When:6:00pm- 12:00am,  6/12/2019 – 24/12/2019
Where: 100 Ann Street, Brisbane
Accessible features: Accessible venue
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Adelaide 

Christmas Lights, Festive Nights

Enjoy 10 magical evenings of activities and entertainment at Christmas Lights, Festive Nights.

– Sit in Santa’s sleigh led by Rudolph made from LEGO® bricks

– Shop at Christmas markets (Saturdays & Sundays)

– Watch Merry Movies (Fridays)

– Enjoy activities including face painting, craft, workshops and giant games

– Catch the Christmas Tree lighting up (8.30pm daily)

– Listen to live music and choir performances

– Enjoy festive bites from food trucks

The show-stopper Santa sleigh and Rudolph the reindeer display is made with over 130,000 LEGO® bricks. These marvellous creations, along with other giant masterpieces, were created by local LEGO enthusiasts.

Where: Victoria Square, 
When: 5pm-9pm, 13 -22 December
Accessibility features: Accessible venue
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Ebebenzer Night Markets 

The Ebenezer Night Markets are conducted in Ebenezer Place, Adelaide on selected dates during the summer. The market has a wide selection of food, jewellery, fashion, artwork and crafts

Where: 31 Ebenezer Place Adelaide
When:
5:30-10:30pm 14/12/2019 – 7/3/2020
Accessibility features:
Accessible venue
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On the 14th of December you can follow the story of Buddy, a friendly elf, as he goes on a hunt to discover his real father in New York and attempts to spread the Christmas cheer along the way.

Where: Northbridge Piazza
When: 5:30pm-7:30pm, 14th of December 2019
Accessibility features: Closed captioning, wheelchair access
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Perth

Christmas Lights Trail 

Perth will light up this Christmas with 27 light installations and vibrant decorations throughout the city. Light installations will include stunning animated lights, festive street decorations, lively projections and festivities that brighten malls, streets and parks across the city. To ensure all families can enjoy this Christmas spectacle, the City of Perth will be making the Lights Trail accessible to people using walking aids, wheelchairs and people with prams. 

When: 6pm-11pm, 15/11/2019 – 26/12/2019
Where: Perth CBD
Accessibility features: accessible parking, wheelchair accessible, accessible bathrooms
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Lotterywest Christmas Symphony 

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Christmas Symphony which drew a crowd of 30,000, 2019 will again delight audiences of all ages.

Led by conductor Guy Noble and soprano Emma Pettemerides, Christmas Symphony will feature a complete program of Christmas classics from ballet, opera and the big screen. Families can sing-along to Jingle Bells and Joy to the World while also enjoying classical favourites including Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess: Summertime and Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular 1812 Overture, featuring a spectacular fireworks-filled finale.

Where:Langley Park, Riverside Drive, Perth
When: 5-9pm, 14 December 2019
Accessibility features: Accessible parking, wheelchair access
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Darwin

City of Darwin Brass Band Carols in the Mall

Come along to hear Darwin City Brass band perform a variety of Christmas carols and songs in the Mall.

Where: Smith Street Mall
When: 10:00am-11:00am 14 December 2019
Accessibility features: Accessible venue, accessible bathrooms
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Santa visits libraries for Story Time

Santa is visiting several libraries in the Darwin area to read some stories – this is one trip to the library you won’t want to miss out on! 

When: Various times
Where: Various locations around Darwin
Accessible features: Accessible venues 
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Hobart

Community Christmas Carols 

Through its Community Christmas Carols Grants, the City of Hobart supports events that bring the community together to celebrate Christmas. In 2019, the City of Hobart is supporting ta number of Community Christmas Carol events.
Click here to learn more

Upcycling Xmas Workshop 

Supported by the City of Hobart, this three-hour drop-in workshop will provide all the materials you need to create festive decorations. With plenty of goodwill, participants will be guided through the process of upcycling and reusing their old decorations or to make new ones using everyday materials on hand at the South Hobart Tip Shop Education Centre.
Click here to learn more