The Credit Union Christmas Pageant is a South Australian icon, and one that marks the start of the Christmas season celebrations.

But there are a few other special Adelaidean signs that Christmas is coming, that you'll likely only recognize if you're a true South Australian!

The Jacarandas Are in Bloom

Jacarandas are famous for their beautiful violet blooms, and very much serve as the Australian flower of Christmas, in much the same way that holly is associated with December 25 in the northern hemisphere.

Jacaranda trees line the Pageant route along the boulevards of Adelaide, but the most well known is surely Wakefield Street, which connects Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga to Pulteney Street.

The Giant Father Christmas Goes Up

Just as we associate the bloom of the Jacaranda trees in November with the coming of Father Christmas, so too do we herald the great man’s arrival in Adelaide with a giant statue commemorating his return.

Originally elevated on the walls of John Martin’s and later David Jones, the big Father Christmas now proudly adorns the Central Markets on Grote Street, just metres from the Pageant route.Now Father Christmas greets everyone during the Christmas season as they come to the Central Markets, whether it's to shop for food to share at your Christmas celebrations, or meeting friends and family at one of the Markets' many eateries.

The Mall Gets Festive!

You really know it's time to Christmas shop when the Mall starts getting festive! We love seeing the Christmas decorations come about through the Mall and on Grenfell St. Nothing like Christmas decorations to get us in the mood!

The Big Christmas Tree Goes Up in Victoria Square

It's very hard to miss, and we all know it's Christmas time when the big, beautiful Christmas Tree goes up in Victoria Square. It's a wonderful sight, especially when it's lit up! You can attend the Lighting of the Tree on the 1st of December, where there'll be entertainment, food trucks and more fun to celebrate the countdown to Christmas!

Houses Put up Lights

One of the most special signs of everyone in the community getting into the Christmas spirit is when you drive through the streets at night and see the twinkling of lights on houses. Whether you just put up a string or two, or go the full monty with all of the decorations, you can celebrate the season with your neighbourhood. We recommend using solar powered lights, and reusing any decorations rather than disposable ones.