Situated on the northwest coast and surrounded by the remote
Australian outback, Darwin may be the smallest of the Australian capital cities, but it has plenty to offer. The authentic Aussie vibe and native wildlife make it a favourite of visitors to Australia. And it’s proximity to nearby Kakadu National Park and the stunning Katherine Gorge make it a great choice for nature-lovers.
Although December might not be the best time to visit the Northern
Territory capital in terms of weather, there are still plenty of reasons to venture north in summer. The city really gets into the swing of the festive season with lots of fun things to do for every age group. The Smith Street Mall Christmas tree is up, Santa is in town and Christmas lights, fake snow and shining reindeer are on show for all to see in Palmerston and the Northern suburbs.
So, check the family into one of the central Darwin serviced apartments, pull on your Santa hat, dust off your Chrissie sweater and get ready take part in the festive fun in Darwin this December.
Christmas Magic at the Darwin Waterfront
All through December, the magic of Christmas comes to life every
evening at the Darwin Waterfront. There’s a fantastic festive light display through the ‘Twinkle Palms’ and into the ‘Waterfront Woodland Walk’ with every colour bulb imaginable hanging from the surrounding raintrees in the parkland. There’s even a white Christmas every half hour at Santa’s Snow Station, which is guaranteed to delight kids and adults alike.
Swim With Santa
Darwin’s Wave Lagoon is a fun place to hang out with friends and family at any time of the year, but in December it’s extra special. With none other than Santa Claus himself in attendance, grab your swimmers and head for Santa Fest at the Wave Lagoon. There are dance contests, discos, prizes to be won, circus entertainment and of course a visit from the man of the moment.
Check Out the Christmas Lights
Every December, the Darwin locals get into the festive spirit with an incredible display of lights around the city. Homeowners really embrace the Holiday Season with an impressive display of twinkling lights that will blow you away.
The best places to go and see the lights are Palmerston, but there are some beautiful light displays to be found throughout the city and in the Northern suburbs too. Some locals even ask visitors to come in for a chat and a closer look at the lights. Now that’s really embracing what Christmas is all about.
Visit the Marrara Christmas Craft Fair
Europe might be known for known for its Christmas markets and fairs, but visitors to Darwin don’t have to miss out on the action this year. The Marrara Christmas Market features over 90 stalls selling local handmade arts and crafts.
Spend some time exploring the market and find a unique gift for
someone back home or maybe a souvenir from your time in Darwin.
There’s a great selection of food stalls and the market is fully air-conditioned, making it a great way to escape the heat and re-energise before exploring further afield.
Get Festive in Darwin this December
With so much on offer for the whole family, we know you will have a Christmas like no other in Darwin. It might be warm outside but with a wonderful Christmas fair, an abundance of sparkling lights and a plethora of fun festivities at the Darwin Waterfront, there’s no doubt you’ll be feeling the festive vibes in the Northern Territory capital this December.