26 Oct 2023

What to do after the Pageant

Father Christmas has made his Merry way down to the Adelaide Town Hall and the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant is all done for another year, so what to do now? 

Just because the last float goes past doesn't mean Pageant Day is over! While you're in the heart of the city there is plenty to do around the City of Adelaide to really make it a Pageant Day in Adelaide to remember. 

If you've still got some energy left in you after the Pageant, we've pulled together the best to-do's in the City of Adelaide, so you can really kick off Christmas in Adelaide in style! 

Re-Fuel at the Central Markets

With the Pageant's conclusion comes lunchtime! In the City there are so many great places to go for a nice lunch. Near the Pageant Route are precincts full of tasty places to eat including Waymouth Street and Gouger Street. Of course though, you can't go past the Central Markets after the Pageant for a one-stop shop of beautiful South Australian produce. Settle in with a coffee and a delicious lunch before you head on home. 

Start your Christmas Shopping

Surrounded by the Pageant’s route, Rundle Mall is the perfect place to visit and continue the excitement of Christmas! 

Whether it’s going to see the big man himself after his annual Pageant appearance, getting your present shopping started early at some of the exclusive flagship stores, or discovering the wonderous decorations for the very first time, enjoy the festive spirit of Christmas in Rundle Mall.   

Head to the Adelaide Zoo

Don't let the Wang Wang and Funi float be the closest you get to seeing the pandas! After the Pageant head down to one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions - the Adelaide Zoo. It's home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings.

Enjoy a Picnic in the Park

Need to wind down after all of the excitement and colour of the Pageant? When you pack for the day, pack some extra food - that you don't snack on pre-Pageant! - and relax in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. It's the perfect quiet finish to what is a very busy morning and get away from the hustle and bustle before you head home. 

Check out the Adelaide Fire Station

The Metropolitan Fire Service will open the doors to Adelaide Fire Station on Wakefield Street, right after Santa and his sleigh sweep by the station! Join them for free, family fun.

There's plenty more to do and see around the City of Adelaide, ESPECIALLY in the lead-up to Christmas. To see all of the details on Christmas lights, activities, markets and more around Adelaide, click here.

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