Adelaide’s Art of Christmas Trail

By Hayley Pearson

It’s SO Adelaide that around this time of year, parents flock to their cars and drive around finding the best Christmas light displays in SA.

And sure, that never gets old. But we have a new and super fun trail in town for you this year!

Allow me to introduce you to The Art Of Christmas trail. This magical creative 12 tree trail, winds along the banks of the River Torrens and onto the cultural boulevard that is North Terrace. It’s transformed the Adelaide Riverbank into a Christmas wonderland that every child will LOVE!

Each of the 12 trees has been painted in a kaleidoscope of different colours by 12 fabulous South Australian artists. You’ll find artist extraordinaire Emma Hack in front of Government House, Vans The Omega outside the old Royal Adelaide Hospital and Gavin Wangeneen in front of the Museum.

So strap yourselves (and the kids) in for a We’re Going On A Bear Hunt-style trail! But it’s not just about the destination, it’s the journey that’s the most fun! Along the way there are twists and turns with kids’ activities, a letter jumble competition and that’s just scratching the surface.

Enough chit-chat, let’s start the trail!

1. Paul Grant / REFRACTION

Urban Beach, Pinky Flat

2. Tom Borgas / CONSTELLATION TREE

Adelaide Oval

3. Dan Withey / STARGAZERS

Convention Centre (near the R-Bar), Riverbank Promenade

4. Amy Joy Watson / SLICED

Adelaide Railway Station

5. Emma Hack / ROYAL HANGING GARDEN

Government House (outside), North Terrace

6. Gavin Wanganeen / STAR DREAMING OVER CHRISTMAS

South Australian Museum, North Terrace

7. Lisa King / A WHITE XMAS EVE

Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace

8. Tiff Manuell / HOLIDAY HOTSPOT

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

9. James Dodd / CHRISTMAS ABSTRACTION

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

10. Vans the Omega / IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE

Former Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace

11. Lucy Bonnin / REFLECTION: LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD

Adelaide Botanic Garden, in the Mediterranean Garden

12. Kate Kurucz / EACH NEW LEAF

Adelaide Zoo (main entrance, Plane Tree Drive)

SHORT TRAIL :: 1km, 30 minutes – Stop 1 to 4

MEDIUM TRAIL :: 2km, 60 minutes – Stop 1 to 10

LONG TRAIL :: 3.2km, 1.5-2hrs – Stop 1 to 12

LEISURELY LOOP 4.54km, 2.5 hours+ – Stop 1 to 12 and a leisurely stroll back along by the River Torrens or why not hop on the Popeye?

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