Welcome to the Lights of Lobethal 2024.

Lobethal Lights postpone one event – Under the Stars event due to Covid-19 uncertainty! Lobethal Lights presented by RAA remains otherwise unchanged. Drive the streets of Lobethal 12th-31st December 2021

The Covid-19 climate in South Australia is extremely tense at the moment with the threat of the Omicron variant and borders open. After careful consideration regarding the health and safety of everyone and the impacts of uncertainty in the market, the Lights of Lobethal committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the Under Stars opening night event this Sunday 12th December 2021. Under the Stars will be rescheduled for the next year 2022. Current 2021 ticket holders will be contacted directly and receive a full refund.

The festival, Lobethal Lights presented by RAA remains otherwise unchanged. The town of Lobethal will light up officially this Sunday 12th December 2021. You are invited to drive the streets of Lobethal any night from 12th-31st December and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere as you discover 700 plus homes twinkling into the night dressed in festive Christmas lights and displays. The Lobethal main street will have a variety of businesses open nightly for people to stop, visit, explore and refuel.

Key dates and times

12 – 23 December – People can drive the streets of Lobethal and see 700+ houses twinkling into the night. The main road (Mt Torrens Rd) will be activated throughout the festival so stop, walk and explore and enjoy food and drinks from a wide range local businesses.

18 – 19 December – Fabrik Makers & Creators Markets (Free ticketed event) The curated line-up of bespoke high-quality market vendors delivers a treasure trove of delights, perfectly matched with local wine and food offerings

18-19 December – Valley of Praise Christmas Maze- is a new 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.

23 December – Pageant Night (Free ticketed event) On the local oval bursting with Christmas spirit, the Pageant is a visual delight spreading cheer.

About the RAA Lights of Lobethal

The Lights of Lobethal have been an intrinsic part of the community since the early 1950s, when local business owners hand-painted light bulbs with paint, thinned down with turpentine, to decorate their shops and businesses. What began as a simple tradition by local businesses and homeowners to spread the true meaning and joy of Christmas throughout the Lobethal community soon started attracting visitors from surrounding towns, Adelaide and eventually, the world.

Today the RAA Lights of Lobethal festival not only encompasses the spectacular light displays but also shines with a calendar of events and attractions that draw on the tradition and history of this iconic and much-loved event. This tradition quickly spread to residents and today about 80 per cent of all homes and businesses in the village “light up” for Christmas making this festival the largest Community Christmas Light display in the Southern Hemisphere.

Food, drink and entertainment

For visitors who want to wet their whistle or quieten a hungry tummy, the Committee recommends they plan a meal and enjoy an award-winning beer from The Lobethal Bierhaus or local wine from Hugel Wine Bar. Plus, there is always the famous Lobethal Bakery for a range of delicious baked goods. n addition, there are two great pubs in the town, who will welcome you for dinner and a drink, “the top pub” The Rising Sun, and “the bottom pub,” The Lobethal Hotel.

The festival has everyone covered with takeaway options too, look for the Amberlight and the Family Feast which are sure to be a hit for grumbling tummies. However, if people are seeking a touch of calm, they can head to Emma and Ivy to grab a coffee and bite to eat and immerse themselves in a calm green space.

After enjoying the sumptuous food and drink available, festival-goers can watch the Onkaparinga Woollen Mills come to life with a very special installation, ‘Flocking Together’, from world-renowned light artist Cindi Drennan from Illuminart. Each night attendees will be delighted as the Mills are bathed in colour and light.

Also, this year Fabrik Arts & Heritage in collaboration with the RAA Lights of Lobethal will host the Twilight Market on 18 and 19 December which includes live music, food stalls and wonderful gifts from artists and makers. Finally, on 23 December the formal festivities will come to a close with the Christmas Pageant in Main Street, although residents’ lights will be shining every night until 31 December.

About RAA

RAA has come a long way since being founded by a small group of motoring pioneers in 1903. Today, more than 780,000 members choose RAA to deliver peace of mind, through a trusted range of motor, home and travel products and services.

Members are at the heart of everything RAA does, so it’s always looking for new ways to better their lives and make it easy to focus on what really matters. As one of the state’s largest and oldest organisations, RAA is proud to help keep its members – and SA – moving in the right direction.