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Christmas At Darwin Waterfront


See the Christmas Wonderland light up the Waterfront every day from Friday 27 November until the end of the year.

Christmas at the Waterfront will launch with a special community event from 6pm on Friday 27 November 2020. Join us for a Community Christmas Carols Concert hosted by Mel Little, and featuring performances from local schools, community groups and the Starlight Foundation, who will be fundraising on the evening.

Witness the magic of Christmas as we then countdown with our special guest, Santa, and light up the Darwin Waterfront Christmas Wonderland to conclude the concert event.

Local schools and groups performing:

  • Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School
  • Top End Calisthenics Club
  • Haileybury Primary School
  • St John’s Catholic College
  • Keltikka Irish Dancers

Santa will return to Darwin Waterfront in December to visit his new, magical grotto next to Surf Dive n Ski. Get your photo taken with Santa and receive a digital copy to share with family & friends. Santa’s visiting times are:

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 December 6pm-8pm
Friday 18 - Sunday 20 December 6pm-8pm
Monday 21 - Thursday 24 December 5pm-8pm

Whilst you’re waiting, be sure to write Santa a letter and post it at the grotto by 16 December to receive a personalised reply!

Continue to discover festive cheer at every turn as our Christmas Wonderland once again illuminates the Waterfront.

Capture your perfect Christmas moment at our new Christmas Bauble archway, and marvel at our illuminated baubles floating in the Recreation Lagoon. Your favourites also return with the giant Gingerbread House, Santa’s sleigh and more located throughout the Parklands.

Immerse yourself in the festive ambience by booking at your favourite Waterfront restaurant, treat yourself to an ice cream from Trampoline Gelato, or enjoy a takeaway cocktail & meal and dine surrounded by our Christmas Wonderland at the Tropical Summer Beach Club.

Plus, follow @darwin.waterfront on Instagram and like @Darwin Waterfront on Facebook to participate in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways competition, featuring prizes from restaurants, attractions and more at Darwin Waterfront and Stokes Hill Wharf.

Follow the competition instructions on each ‘Day of Christmas’ post from Sunday 13 – Thursday 24 December for your chance to win! T&Cs apply, winners announced the following day on the competition post.

Stokes Hill Wharf will host Santa from 5pm-6pm on Friday 11 - Sunday 13 December and Friday 18 - Sunday 20 December, with kids Christmas entertainment on Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December from 5pm-8pm.

As our gift to you, visitors can park for free on Kitchener Drive from 27 November 2020-4 January 2021.

For more information on our Christmas events and social media competitions, follow ‘Darwin Waterfront’ on Facebook or visit waterfront.nt.gov.au and subscribe to our newsletter.