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Christmas at the Bay

Glenelg will be the place to be this weekend for all your Christmas cheer.
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Jimmy Melrose Park
Events Team

On Saturday 27 November and Sunday 28 November, Santa will be vising the Bay.
Head down to the main stage on Glenelg foreshore at 11 am to welcome Santa to the Bay before he heads off with our Mayor, Amanda Wilson, around Glenelg and Brighton in his bright red convertible.

If you miss out on seeing him, don't worry we have Santa's Beach Cave open both Saturday and Sunday for the kids to pass on their present requests.

Scroll down for more information on everything going on over the weekend so you don't miss out!


Santa's Beach Cave

Santa's Beach Cave will be located on the Ground Floor of the Bay Discovery Centre and will be open from 12 noon to 3pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

The ticket booth will be located just outside the Bay Discovery Centre under a marquee. It will open from 11am until 2.45pm.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have had to create some procedures around visiting Santa for everyone's safety.

  1. Tickets will be free
  2. Tickets are distributed for 15 min time slots, with the first session 12pm, and the last session at 2:45pm.
  3. Ticket holders are not able to join the queue until 5 minutes before the start of their session time
  4. Tickets are given out only on the same day (for example you can't collect tickets on Saturday for a Sunday visit to Santa)

We will set up an area for you and your family to safely queue when it is time to get in line to see Santa with shade provided if the weather is warm.

Main Stage Entertainment

We are excited to bring you some of the most popular floats that participated in our traditional pageant every year to our main stage!

Entertainment starts at 11am and stay tuned as we will post the schedule very shortly so you don't miss out on anything.

Please note due to COVID-19 restrictions capacity will be limited to 999 people at any given time within the fenced area

National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant Floats

If you missed out on getting a ticket to the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant, don't worry we have some floats heading down to Glenelg! Get a family photo in front of Wang Wang and Funi, Stardust Castle, or even an Old Fashioned Tram. Plus we have the iconic Nimble spending some time in Santa's Beach Cave.

Craft for kids

The Rotary Club of Glenelg and Holdfast Bay have collaborated to run a variety of craft activities on Saturday 27 November. They will be located near the playspace on the foreshore. There will also be a stall selling sweet treats to take home.

Little Picasso’s will run two, one-hour workshops per day on Level 2 of the Bay Discovery Centre for kids to create Reindeer portraits and Christmas tree art. These sessions are free and bookings are not required.

Session times:

Saturday 27 November - 10am to 11am and 11.30am to 12.30pm

Sunday 28 November - 11am to 12pm and 12.30pm to 1.30pm

The Festive Co. will also be running craft activities from 11am to 4pm.

Feeling hungry?

With so many cafes and restaurants down Jetty Road, you will be spoilt for choice but if you need something quick whilst you wait for Santa, the lovely volunteers from the Rotary Club of Somerton Park will have their bbq fired up from 11am to 4pm for a quick sausage sizzle.

Please note this is only available on Saturday 27 November.

Come and Try

The Glengowrie YMCA Gymnastics will run a kindergym and mini gym for children ages 1 – 5 years of age over both days from 11am to 4pm.

They will be located on the grass near the main stage.

Do you need a Christmas Tree or a Lions Christmas Cake?

The team at Make A Wish Foundation will be selling real Christmas Trees at the Glenelg Football Club and Cricket Club car park. They are $70 each and EFTPOS or cash is accepted on the day.

The Brighton Lions Club will sell their delicious Lions Christmas Cakes in Chapel Plaza.

Both will be available from 11am to 4pm over the weekend.

Coast FM

The crew at CoastFM will be broadcasting their weekend programs right from Moseley Square.

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