Festival of Christmas

The annual Christmas Pageant will be put on hold this year due to COVID restrictions and in its place Victor Harbor is presenting a week long Festival of Christmas.

The event will be held from Monday December 7th through to Sunday 13th December inclusive.

It will be launched at the Giant Christmas Tree on Warland Reserve, followed by the Harcourts Home Christmas Lights trail, coordinated by The Victor Harbor Times newspaper with prizes for the best display. 

There will also be a business Christmas shop front lights display, music from the State’s finest pipe organist and grand piano at Newland Memorial Church, a Christmas tree competition, horse and carriage rides, and a Festival of Bands event.


Monday 7 December: 8 pm. Launch the Festival of Christmas at the Giant Christmas Tree on Warland Reserve

Monday 7 December: Launch Harcourts Home Christmas Lights Trail – Coordinated by VH Times newspaper.
They will coordinate the entries, marketing and media. Including a route for visitors to follow and manage the voting for the prizes.

Harcourts are offering $1,000 in prizes. $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third prize. 

To enter send a photo of your house lit up and the address to:

and put “Christmas lights” in the subject line.

Monday 7 December: Launch Victor Harbor Christmas Shop Display.

Thursday 10 December: Newland Memorial ChurchReflections : 10 am to 11 am piano and pipes music.
Free entry.
Enjoy relaxing music with one of the States finest pipe organs and grand piano’s in a magnificent acoustic venue.

Thursday 10 December:

Rotary Polio Ute will be in Victor Harbor and there will be tickets sold to support the Rotary Polio World Eradication programme.

On Saturday 12 December:

10am to 3pm Horse and carriage rides. Rides will depart from Flinders Parade near the Memorial Gardens.

1pm to 4pm Giant Balloon on Warland Reserve. Sponsored by the Strathalbyn Rotary Club. Gold coin donation.

2 pm to 4 pm Christmas Tree competition.

Three categories: Traditional, Australian, Innovative
Great prizes for each category.
To be held in Grosvenor Gardens.
Entries are via Encounter Bay Rotary Club Ken Carter – email kathcart@bigpond.com or phone 0400 383 765

Saturday 12 December: 1pm to 4.30 pm Festival of Bands on Soldiers Memorial Gardens – Ticketed event (free) for up to 800 people. Bands include: 

13001330Granite Copmmunity Band – Strings
13301400City of Onkaparinga Pipe Band
14001430Victor Harbor Town Band
14301500Hahndorf Town Band
15001530Enfield Brass Band
15301600SA Pipes & Drums

Saturday 12 December: 5:30pm to 8 pm Carols by the Sea with Santa’s Elves presented by Pip Squeekz and Pop Starz and a visit by Santa.
Ticketed event (free) for up to 800 people.

On Sunday 13th December:

8am to 4 pm Ocean Street Markets.

6 pm to 8 pm Newland Memorial Church: 9 Lessons and Carols

Christmas Pageant 2019

Last year’s Christmas Pageant and Carols By The Sea was coordinated by the Rotary Victor Harbor and Rotary Encounter Bay and took place on Saturday 14 December 2019 and was a huge success.

The afternoon began with a Santa Fun Run at 5.15 pm followed shortly after by the Christmas Pageant at 5:30 pm. This year saw over 60 different floats and bands. Following the procession Carols by the Sea event took place on Grosvenor Gardens.

To view this footage of the Christmas Pageant 2019 click on the arrow – Enjoy!