Thousands of magical lights are set to illuminate Perth this month when the City launches its much-anticipated Christmas Lights Trail on 15 November, just in time to welcome the festive season.
Bigger and brighter than ever, this year the expanded Christmas Lights Trail will boast 27 dazzling installations along two routes in Northbridge and the Perth CBD, as well as the Lotterywest trail; a new mini trail in East Perth.
A gingerbread house at Perth Cultural Centre, hot air balloon in Stirling Gardens and a musical lights tunnel in Yagan Square are just some of the mesmerising new additions sure to enchant passers-by as they make their journey through the city in the lead up to Christmas.
Adding Christmas cheer to the trail, visitors will be delighted by roving entertainers including stilt walkers and musical performers in the Hay and Murray Street Malls, Perth Cultural Centre, Forrest Chase, Raine Square and Kings Square every Friday and Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm.
City goers celebrating the launch on 15 November can also enjoy a range of festive activities and free entertainment including the return of the ever-popular Twilight Hawkers Market to Forrest Place, colourful Christmas projections and a special visit from Santa with his sleigh in the Stirling Gardens.
In addition to entertainment-filled evenings, day time activities will make weekends a magical experience in the city. Christmas shoppers can enjoy bag-minding and gift-wrapping services, relaxing in comfy chairs and a range of entertainment at the Summer Backyard in Forrest Place.
Premier Mark McGowan and City of Perth Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond officially announced this year’s Christmas Lights Trail.
“This year’s Christmas Lights Trail promises to the best yet, with many thousands of people expected to flood Perth’s CBD,” Mr McGowan said
“It’s the perfect excuse to head into Perth City with the family and enjoy all that the city has to offer, while supporting local shops, restaurants and bars.
“I’m pleased the State Government has been able to support this event through Lotterywest.”
Chair Commissioner Andrew Hammond said there’s something for everyone in the city this Christmas.
“The City of Perth is proud to ring in the festive season with its biggest Christmas program yet, including spectacular free events inviting everyone to experience the joy of Christmas in the city,” he said.
“With brightly lit streets, boundless entertainment and unique shopping and dining experiences, you’ll find all you want for Christmas in the city.”
Also returning to the City’s annual events program are crowd favourites the Alinta Energy Christmas Pageant, West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO) Christmas Symphony and Christmas Nativity.
Making it easier for families to cross items off their Christmas lists and celebrate summer in the city, the City of Perth’s free three-hour parking trial will run on weekends and public holidays at selected CPP carparks at Pier Street, Murray Street and Perth Cultural Centre and sign-posted on-street locations over the festive season. View more details at cityofperthparking.com.au
Christmas in the city runs from 15 November to 26 December 2019. Interview opportunities will be available upon request.
The City of Perth’s Christmas Lights Trail is proudly sponsored by Lotterywest, Perth Cultural Centre, Kings Square Perth City, Raine Square, Forrest Chase, Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, 140, and Hibernian Place.