A stocking-full of stuff

TO get you in the Christmas spirit, there’s a stocking-full of events and activities around Voiceland.

St Patrick’s Mt Lawley kicks it off with the return of the Mt Lawley Christmas Festival tomorrow, Sunday December 9.

There’s an array of Christmas festivities along Beaufort Street with a visit from Santa, kids’ activities, artisan stalls, local food vendors, live entertainment and then Carols by Candlelight at dusk and turning on the lights of the Mt Lawley Christmas Tree.

It all runs 3 – 9pm on the corner of Beaufort and First Ave.

The Perth Folk and Roots Club is throwing a ripper Christmas Show at the Inglewood Bowling and Sports Club on Saturday December 15 from 5 – 8pm.

It’ll be a free evening of Americana folk with a touch of acoustic jazz with Kerry B Ryan and new four-piece Danse Macabre.

Santa’s at the Inglewood library on Wednesday December 19 and the Dianella library on Thursday December 20 at 10.30am, with a magical elf friend, for some songs and stories. Make sure you book at eventbrite.com.au

• Hundreds of performers and live animals help bring the Nativity to life at the Supreme Court Gardens. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Youth With a Mission are on a mission to fill Hyde Park with kids on Friday December 14 from 5.30pm. There’s lots of activities, culminating with Carols by Candlelight starting at 6.30pm. It’s free entry, but seeing as YWAM are a good lot doing great things for youngsters, a gold coin donation would be a good way to show your appreciation.

The Beaufort Street Christmas Festival is a six-day tinsel binge along one of Perth’s favourite shopping and entertainment strips.

From Sunday December 16 to Friday December 21 a new Christmas window display will be unveiled each night, accompanied by carollers. A great opportunity to knock off the Christmas shopping and support local traders at the same time.

The Voice senses the Ghost of Mayors Past had a hand in the Santa Paws Christmas Pooch Photos at the Mary Street Piazza, where local doggies can catch a snap with Santa on Wednesday December 19 from 6.30pm. If we don’t see Chewy or Solo we’ll eat our elf hats.

It all concludes with the Beaufort Street Christmas Parade and twilight markets on Saturday December 22 from 6.30pm. There’s camels, donkeys, school groups and the Salvation Army Band parading from the Mary Street Piazza to St Alban’s Anglican Church, where you can grab last-minute gifts from the markets.

• Be amazed while finding Santa’s lost reindeer.

Down in Perth city you can follow the Christmas Lights Trail from Santa’s Magical Castle in the James Street mall through to the giant illuminated roos outside Council House on St George’s Terrace.

Find all nine of Santa’s reindeer lost in the giant Christmas Maze at Elizabeth Quay from 10am-3pm on weekends or 2 – 7pm on weekdays and you’ll go in the draw for a special Christmas prize. Santa will also be around on Fridays from 4pm and on the weekend from noon to 3pm.

New Christmas Markets are being held on December 8 and 15 at Cathedral Square from noon to 7pm, with fresh produce, gourmet delights and hand-crafted gifts.

The Christmas Symphony on December 15 at Langley Park in East Perth from 7.30pm is Perth’s largest classical music concert, and this year for the first time will be whimsical and nostalgic Christmas carols.

The Christmas Nativity brings to life the story of Jesus’s birth with hundreds of performers and live animals in the stunning surrounds of the Supreme Court Gardens on December 19 – 21 from 6.30 – 10pm.

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