Santa in the city

• Some of the festive fun on offer in Perth during Christmas.

THE BIGGEST Christmas lights trail ever seen in Perth is one of the highlights of this year’s festive celebrations.

The 2019 trail features 27 dazzling installations along two routes in Northbridge and the CBD. There’s also a Lotterywest trail and a new mini trail in East Perth.

After you’ve enjoyed the enchanting lights make sure you check out the gingerbread house at Perth Cultural Centre, the hot air balloon in Stirling Gardens and the musical lights tunnel in Yagan Square.

Roving performers including stilt walkers and musicians will keep late-night shoppers entertained on Friday and Saturday nights in the Hay and Murray Street Malls, Perth Cultural Centre, Forrest Chase, Raine Square and Kings Square.

If you’re doing your Christmas shopping during the day, you can take advantage of bag-minding and gift-wrapping services, free comfy chairs and entertainment at the Summer Backyard in Forrest Place.

Parking is always stressful around Christmas, but there’s free three-hour parking on weekends and public holidays at selected CPP carparks at Pier Street, Murray Street and Perth Cultural Centre, and on some streets. For more details go to cityofperthparking.com.au

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without the WA symphony orchestra’s free Christmas concert at Langley Park today (December 14). See over the page for more details.

The concert starts at 7pm and is a family favourite, featuring singalong carols and WASO performing classics from ballet, opera and the big screen.

Perth council commissioner Andrew Hammond says there’s something for everyone in the city this Christmas.

“With brightly lit streets, boundless entertainment and unique shopping and dining experiences, you’ll find all you want for Christmas in the city,” he says.

Christmas in the city runs until Boxing Day.

For more details go to visitperth.com.au

Free festive concert

THE WA Symphony Orchestra’s free Christmas concert returns to Langley Park tonight (Saturday December 14) after 30,000 people attended last year’s debut show.

Led by conductor Guy Noble and soprano Emma Pettemerides, Christmas Symphony will feature Christmas classics from ballet, opera and the big screen.

Families can sing-along to Jingle Bells while also enjoying classical favourites like Tchaikovsky’s ever-popular 1812 Overture, with spectacular fireworks. The magical evening features more than 150 performers and special guests, including the one and only Santa. Picnicking starts at 5pm and the show is on at 7pm.

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