As the year comes to a close, Darwin is gearing up with a few events to celebrate the end of 2014. If you are in the Top End this month, here is a round up of events taking place in December 2014. Don’t forget, Hertz Darwin has you covered with a Darwin Airport car hire for your visit.
Friday 5 December from 5.30pm, Raintree Park and The Mall
The annual Christmas tree lighting event in Darwin will have an extra layer of significance this year. A special star will be placed on the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Tree to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracy. In 1974, the tropical Cyclone Tracy blasted Darwin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, killing dozens and causing close to a billion dollars in damage, flattening the majority of buildings and houses. Tens of thousands of residents were evacuated out of state and many never returned. In the wake of the storm, as a result the city of Darwin was rebuilt with modern building standards and materials.
This is a free event that is family friendly and is suitable for all ages.
Sunday 7 December, 9 am, The Amphitheatre, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Darwin
Kick off the festive season in Darwin with Carols by Candlelight, the pinnacle of Christmas celebrations. On the night the Darwin City Brass Band will perform along with the Darwin Youth Choir, the Kormilda College Choir and many more. Gates open from 5.30pm and carols begin at 6.30pm, winding up at 8.30pm with an epic fireworks finale. Parking will be available at Mindil Beach. Carol books, candles, candle holders and matches will be on sale at the gate, and refreshments will also be available to buy. Carols by Candlelight is a charity fundraiser, with entry by gold coin donation.
Wednesday 31 December, Darwin Waterfront
A free concert with local acts is the centrepiece of this event. From 5pm there will be lots of family activities including face painting and roving entertainment through the parklands, and then a major fireworks display at 9pm. For the showy, there is a best dressed competition as well. Pack a picnic rug or chair and bring your own eskies. There will also be food stalls and local retailers will be open for dinner.