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All the spectacle and wonder of Christmas time!

Events & Activities.

The Lights of Lobethal have been lighting up the Lobethal Valley for over sixty years and 2021 will see the return of the festivals most iconic events, some reimagined for a new generation. 

In addition to the historic and ever-popular Christmas Light Displays, and insta-worthy driving trails, the Lights of Lobethal Festival in association with presenting partner, RAA, will amp up the festive atmosphere in 2021 with a full schedule of events to inspire and delight. 

So bring the whole family and rediscover the spirit of Christmas in Lobethal. 

Lobethal is home to numerous licensed venues where you can enjoy a Christmas tipple responsibly, however, The Lights of Lobethal Festival is a family event, so please leave your drinks at home and keep it a Dry Zone (see dry zone map here).

The Lights of Lobethal Festival is a Covid Safe Event. Please ensure to adhere to all SA health directives at all times when visiting the festival and associated events. We will endeavour to keep the community updated on any alterations to the schedule of events due to unforeseen changes in restrictions or updated health directives.

The only thing we want our Festival Super-spreading through the community is Christmas Cheer!

The Lights of Lobethal Festival

-UNDER THE STARS Opening Night Concert 

12TH OF DECEMBER 2021

The Lights of Lobethal Festival 2021 along with presenting partner RAA, are excited to announce…

A Night of Celebration Under the Stars!

This iconic event brings together the community, family and friends for the official opening of the Lobethal Lights and signifies the start of the Christmas festival.

Following the two-year hiatus of The Lights of Lobethal Festival, this year’s opening night event is not to be missed!

Historically held in and around the Main Street of Lobethal, encompassing the Carols in the Valley, the 2021 Opening Night celebration will make the move to the Lobethal Recreation grounds to comply with Covid requirements.

Bring the whole family to experience a night of entertainment and a festive concert atmosphere. With a spotlight on local schools, community groups and volunteer-run organisations, it will be an evening filled with music and Christmas joy!

The night will include performances from:

* Local Schools

* The Lobethal Harmony Club

* Hills Heist

* a feature live performance of The Living Nativity

as well as Special Guest Artists…

And in 2021 we are thrilled to be introducing our headline act GOSPO COLLECTIVE who will be bringing their choral magnificence and fun, festive vibes to our opening night event!!!!!!!

If you have never had the pleasure of seeing them live, you can head on over and check them out here: GOSPO Collective

Sunday 12th December

Lobethal Recreation Grounds, Lobethal

4.30 pm – Carpark opens

5.00 pm – Gates Open

6.30 pm-9.30 pm Under the Stars Concert

10.00 pm Event close

The oval grounds will be sectioned off into 3 zones to support social distancing, density requirements and also to separate zones where alcohol may be purchased and consumed. Please Note: Tickets are NOT transferable to an alternative area.

Family Picnic Zone – Bring a picnic blanket and the whole family and settle in for a night of music and fun. Please note; no seats are to be bought into this area to allow for the best visibility for all attendees

Seated Area Zone – Allocated outdoor seating zone also includes disability and carers section

Licensed Bar Zone– Designated 18+ Only. This outdoor seated and standing area is licensed to allow for the purchase and consumption of alcohol

There will also be delicious cheese hampers, featuring local and Adelaide Hills producers, available for pre-purchase online and collection upon arrival, These are strictly limited so don’t miss out!

Other food and drink options will be available for purchase at the concert from community groups and onsite vendors or why not grab a bite to eat from our various Main Street outlets before attending the event?!

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To purchase tickets to this event please visit us on social media or buy them here

For registration as a performer or amusement provider click here.

Living Nativity

12TH OF DECEMBER 2021

Immerse yourself in the true reason for the season as a collective of the Hills Christian Church Community brings to life the Story of the Nativity.

This traditional re-enactment of the events of the first Christmas, complete with a real baby “Jesus” and a large menagerie of animals, is an entertaining and authentically curated experience.

Biblical text and carols accompany the 15-minute performance which, in 2021, will be presented live as part of the Under the Stars Opening Night concert event at the Lobethal Recreation Grounds.

Please note that due to Covid restrictions the nightly performances in front of the Lutheran Church, Main Street, Lobethal will make way for static displays for the community to enjoy.

A shining light and perennial favourite in the Festival Calendar, come and experience for yourself this dramatic re-telling of the True Story of Christmas!

Flocking Together

Free Main Street light installation

11TH to 23RD OF DECEMBER 2021

A bushfire recovery project by Fabrik, Adelaide Hills Council and Illuminart.

“Flocking Together” is a large-scale digital light production that visitors to Lobethal will be able to come together to experience at the Historic Woolen Mill precinct in conjunction with this year’s festival.

Flocking together conjures images of birds in flight or congregating in a tree but also represents the Flocking technique for layering texture into the sheer fabric. A fabric that subsequently is perfect for projection and lighting.

In recent years the Lobethal and surrounding community have been called upon to flock together in strength and resilience in rebuilding after the devastation of the bushfires, Flocking Together will feature children’s artwork from local school groups.

Flocking Together will connect the community through creativity and will appropriately represent the enjoyment and lightness of being part of a big happy flock, particularly meaningful at Christmas.

Twilight Christmas Market

Sat 18 + Sun 19 Dec 2021
4pm – 10pm

Free event, registrations essential per COVID capacity of site.
To register click here

Fabrik Arts + Heritage, 1 Lobethal Rd, Lobethal

Please join us at our brand new sparkling Twilight Christmas Market presented in partnership with Fabrik Arts and Heritage. Perfectly timed for you to finish your Christmas shopping and fill up your festive table with handmade and locally produced treasures.

The Twilight Christmas Market stallholders are amazing artists and designer-makers joined by passionate producers and growers of the Adelaide Hills.

Explore the market hub inside the beautiful former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill. Adorned with sparkling lights and licenced throughout, the market includes a fabulous food zone and our nearby grassed Mill Square will be a space for sitting and dining, along with a perfect position to enjoy live music as the sun sets.

Feel welcome to stay and enjoy the Flocking Together projections created by our community with Illuminart.

We invite you to join us and be a part of the richly nostalgic, state-wide tradition of visiting Lobethal to see the lights at Christmas time. We are really looking forward to two fantastic nights and sharing what our Hills community makes, grows and creates.

Market goers are asked to check-in and use hand-sanitiser on arrival and only attend if they are feeling well. Please note that the maximum capacity limits expressed in the venue’s COVID-Safe Plan will be maintained, and if the venue is at capacity, visitors may have to wait to gain access to the venue. We thank you in advance for social distancing and complying with COVID requirements.

Valley of Praise Christmas Maze

Sat 18 + Sun 19 Dec 2021
6pm – 9pm

Main Street, Lobethal 

Valley of Praise Christmas Maze is a new addition to the Lights of Lobethal for 2021.

The trail consists of 6 stops along the main street where children can be involved by exploring what our festival has to offer. Each stop there will be something to find, including a few little surprises children will be able to take home.  

Discover the reindeer farm where you’ll see our giant inflatable reindeer and be able to take home your own bag of reindeer food, find our candy cane lane, your favourite stop if you’re a sweet tooth or discover the magical light display of artwork by local children, presented by Illuminart.  

Look out for the sign at the top of the main street to collect your free bag and scavenger hunt/trail map then follow the numbered signs, located at each stop.

The Valley of Praise Christmas Maze will be open from 6pm – 9pm on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of December 2021

Lobethal Pageant

23RD DECEMBER 2021

Historically, Lobethal’s Main Street has come alive with the spirit of Christmas on the 23rd of December as the community (and Santa! shhhhh) come together to celebrate the Annual Christmas Pageant Parade.

We are thrilled to be working hard behind the scenes to make sure the 2021 Lobethal parade format adheres to public gathering requirements and whilst this year’s event may look a little different, you can be sure Santa will be arriving in all his pomp and splendour to spread his special brand of cheer.
We are inviting expressions of interest from Pageant Floats, Performers or Participants. To register your interest please click here or email applications@lightsoflobethal.com.au

Please be sure to check our social media pages and stay tuned for updated information about this year’s Pageant event.

Buskers

Music, Dance, Art, Performance, Laughter… 

The Lights of Lobethal Festival invites all musicians and street performers to showcase their talent by bringing our streets to life throughout the duration of the festival.  

Please register expressions of interest by filling out the Vendor Registration Form.