Santa is Coming to Town!

Next date: Saturday, 04 December 2021 | 03:45 PM to 07:00 PM

Santa is Coming

Then Sunday 5 December until Thursday 9 December between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM 

A large mysterious brightly coloured package has been sighted in Hobart…

Polar expressed all the way from the North Pole…

The word on the street is Santa is coming!

Mawson Place will come alive at 4 pm on Saturday 4 December with the arrival of Santa!

Please note, the opening event from 3.45 pm to 5 pm on Saturday 4 December is a free ticketed event. Please see the Christmas opening event information further down the page.

Attending Mawson Place at any other time will not require a ticket.

The magical wonderland experience will continue daily from Sunday 5 December to Thursday 9 December between 3 pm and 7 pm.

A fantasy world for children and families, Mawson Place will be filled with festive entertainment, centered around the City of Hobart's larger than life Christmas Tree.

Santa will be here to meet and greet, alongside a range of roving characters and oversized toys.

Christmas opening event

Secure your free tickets now for the City of Hobart's Christmas opening event using the link below.

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Taking place on Saturday 4 December from 3.45 pm, this unique event will herald in Christmas in ways you've never imagined, with a very special guest expected to arrive across land and sea from far, far away...

After 5pm on Saturday 4 December and all other dates do not require ticket registration. The only requirement is that you Check-in upon entry.

Opening event FAQs

When do gates open?

Gates open at 3.30 pm.

When does the opening event start?

The event begins from 3.45 pm, followed directly by the big festive reveal at 4 pm.

What type of event is this?

This is an all-ages, inclusive, family friendly and fully accessible event.

Is this event COVID-19 safe?

Santa is Coming to Town! operates under a COVID-19 safe event plan. Measures are in place to manage the COVID-safety of all patrons, staff, volunteers and performers.

Do I need to check in?

Patrons are required to use the Check in TAS app when entering the event site. Patrons who do not have access to the Check in TAS app will be provided with a device or alternative method to check in.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Public Health has not mandated mask wearing as a requirement for this event.

Why is this event ticketed?

Ticketing helps with managing COVID-19 capacity requirements and ensures the comfort and safety of all patrons.

Do I need a ticket?

Yes, a ticket is required to secure your entry to the opening of Santa is Coming to Town! on Saturday 4 December only. In the unlikely situation the event doesn't reach maximum capacity, patrons without tickets may be permitted entry, however, please be advised this is not guaranteed.

Do children require tickets?

Yes, all children must hold a valid ticket and be accompanied by a ticket-holding parent or legal guardian. The requirement for all patrons to have a ticket enables us to adhere to the capacity limit of our COVID-19 safe event plan.

What if I'm late?

Please note the opening event begins from 3.45 pm. Entry after 3.55 pm cannot be guaranteed because we may open access up to our waiting list if applicable.

What if my friend or another family member doesn't have a ticket?

The best way to ensure friends and family can attend this opening event is to send them the link to secure a free ticket. In the unlikely event the opening doesn't meet maximum capacity, patrons without tickets may be permitted entry, however, this is not guaranteed.

What if it rains?

This is an outdoor event. The event will proceed in all-weather conditions if it is deemed safe but performance times/content may be varied. Please come prepared with protective clothing and sunscreen.

Will there be food and drinks available?

Food and drinks will not be available for purchase at the event. We encourage patrons to visit the many food and drink outlets nearby. Make sure to bring a refillable water bottle with you in case it gets hot!

Is alcohol or smoking permitted?

This is an alcohol and smoke-free event.

Where can I park?

Road closures will be in place around the city for the annual MRA Toy Run prior to our event starting at 3.45 pm on Saturday 4 December. For more information, please see the MRA Toy Run website. The City of Hobart is providing free parking at the Regatta Grounds on Saturday 4 December from 2 – 8 pm.

There are a number of car parks within walking distance of Mawson Place. You can find out more on the car parking page. There are a limited number of accessible parking spaces available on Franklin Wharf.

Filming and photography

Please note, filming and photography will take place at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed or filmed please advise staff and volunteers at the gates.

COVID-Safety Message

Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell, are waiting on a COVID-19 test, are quarantining or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19.


  • Saturday, 04 December 2021 | 03:45 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Sunday, 05 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Monday, 06 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Tuesday, 07 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 08 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  • Thursday, 09 December 2021 | 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM


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