This year’s Christmas Pageant will go ahead, but it will be different to any pageant held before.

As many as 25,000 people will be invited to watch this year’s National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant, which will take place at Adelaide Oval.

Unlike previous years, this year’s event will happen at twilight, with Channel Nine set to broadcast the parade to those at home.

Tickets to the event, which typically attracts around 300,000 people along the city’s streets, will be made available via a ballot system.

Premier Steven Marshall made the announcement this morning in a press conference held on the turf of Adelaide Oval.

“I know that a lot of children, a lot of parents, a lot of grandparents have been very concerned about the cancellation of the National Pharmacies 2020 Christmas Pageant,” the Premier told reporters this morning.

“But the good news is it’s going to go ahead, but in a slightly different format than usual.”


The annual pageant is Australia’s biggest public parade, and the second largest of its kind in the world with a crowd of 325,000 lining city streets to welcome Father Christmas last year.

The event was first run in 1933 and has gone ahead every year since 1945.