Discover the 2018 Hahndorf Christmas Village Trail

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

It’s that special time again when you untangle the fairy lights, set up the Christmas tree, and look for the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. Well, this year you don’t need to look any further than Hahndorf, as the entire village transforms into a Christmas wonderland from 14-16 December 2018. 

With plenty for the kids, expect everything from workshops, and a mailbox sending wish-lists to the North Pole. There’s even going to be a giant snow globe that you can hop inside,

While the kids are wide-eyed with excitement, make your Christmas pressie shopping an enjoyable adventure, perusing artisan giftware and locally made treasures at the Hahndorf Academy Markets, Gathered Market, Christkindlmarkt, and local shops staying open late for the occasion.

Children’s Trail

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Join in on the ultimate Christmas trail, visiting participating businesses, each handing out special treats for the kids. Meet the makers, creators and local business owners, hear their stories and grab some unique presents for under the Christmas tree. Kids will be able to collect stamps from each trader along the way to go into the draw to win a big prize pack for the whole family to enjoy.


Giant Snow Globe

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

We can’t guarantee snow like a German Christmas Village but we can (almost) create it! The giant Christmas snow globe is going to be an amazing sight, nestled in the garden next to the Hahndorf Academy.


Photo Opportunities

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Hahndorf has always had the traditional cut-out frames dotted along the street for fun family photos, but we’re taking it to the next level! Along with a new installation at the German Village Shop, we will have Christmas Elves in the Beerenberg Forest, located in the Pioneer Gardens, for all your family photo fun. This is the perfect opportunity to create a sensational family Christmas card. A number of traders will also be joining in the fun, so look out for more photo opportunities along the main street.


Santa’s Mailbox

2/57 Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

Don’t forget to bring your wish lists and letters for Santa. Our Post Office will have a special mailbox, sending mail direct to the North Pole.

Gingerbread Village

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

Just like in Germany, Hahndorf will be embracing the tradition of gingerbread at Christmas. Join a gingerbread man decorating workshop at the Hahndorf Academy, then run, run, run, as fast as you can, to go play in the gingerbread garden at Alec Johnson Park.


Magical Lighting

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

The street will be alive, as the stores along our main street decorate their shopfronts with the magic of lighting and decorations. Even the street posts will be dressed with garlands and twinkling lights.


Santa’s Cave

Main Street, Hahndorf, FREE

The big man in red, Santa Claus, will be setting up his chair in the Heritage Room at the Old Mill Hotel for all the children to visit and share their Christmas wishes.


Hahndorf Academy Artist Markets with Workshops & Kids Zone

Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE (workshops $5 - $10)

This unmissable stop on your venture through the Christmas Village is a yuletide paradise all on its own! Complete with a local pop-up café offering gingerbread decorating for kids––it’s not your average market. In the Kids' Zone, you’ll find fun workshops ranging from $5 to $10, where the kids can make tin craft ornaments, Christmas decorations, gum leaf prints, books and cards.

The 12 South Australian artists and makers holding stalls here will be offering everything from ceramics, jewellery and prints, to illustrations, scarves, beauty products and cards. The Hahndorf Academy shop will also be trading late, selling the work of talented Adelaide artists, as usual. It’s the perfect place to shop ethically this Christmas, support your local creatives, and impress family and friends with unique gift ideas.


Gathered White Christmas Market

The White House, 90 Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Open until 10 pm all weekend, there’s no way you can miss out on the incredible haul of goodies available from the 60 stalls in the Gathered White Christmas Market alone. You’ll be able to find something for everyone left on your Christmas present list, from homewares, candles, jewellery, clothing, gardening, skincare and more. Shop around while you sip on wine and cocktails, nibble on gourmet treats, groove out to the live music entertainment, and try your hand at the workshops on offer.


Image by Josh Geelen


Corner of Main Street & Auricht Road, Hahndorf. FREE

Hahndorf’s Christkindlmarkt is a European-style market is run by the C3 Church in the Adelaide Hills. It will be back again this year with over 50 stalls, delicious eats and treats, and charming carols by candlelight.


Late Night Shopfront Trading

Main Street, Hahndorf. FREE

Keeping their doors open late into the night, you can expect extended trading hours from your favourite Hahndorf shopfronts. Pop in and say hello to the locals, while you poke around for stocking fillers. Whether it’s a personalised collar for your furry friend from The Leathersmith & Bush Gallery, a handcrafted knife for the chef in your life from the Hahndorf Knife Shop, or some tasty sweets from Humbugs of Hahndorf, there really is something unique for everyone between all of our Hahndorf Traders.


There’s so much going on, it’s the Christmas event of the year. Get your Christmas shopping done in village style this year with the abundance of creative locals selling incredible unique gifts, and bring the cheer and magic of the holiday season to your family. We can’t wait to see you there.