Lights of Lobethal Festival returns – with presenting partner RAA

Claire Dollard 8 December, 2021

The largest community Christmas light display in the southern hemisphere is set to bring joy to South Australians for the first time since 2018.

The iconic Lights of Lobethal will return in 2021 following a two-year hiatus due to the to the 2019 Cudlee Creek Bushfires and 2020 COVID-19-enforced shutdown. The event will run from 12 – 31 December and is being presented for the first time by RAA – as part of a new three-year agreement.

It will also be the first time the festival is run by a new, community-led committee founded earlier this year.

The Lights of Lobethal Committee Chair Peter Oborn said the group were excited to re-launch and regenerate the much-loved Christmas festival – with an increased focus on the community.

“Local residents are already getting their homes and businesses in the Christmas spirit by creating spectacular lighting displays.”

“The community is incredibly excited to reinstate the festival after an enforced break and we have been working with them to bring it back in the best way possible.

One of the beautiful houses in Lobethal

RAA General Manager Community and Corporate Affairs Emily Perry said community-led initiatives such as this play an integral role on the road to recovery from COVID-19.

“RAA is incredibly proud to support this iconic South Australian festival that we know holds a special place in the hearts of many of our members,” Ms Perry said.

“The Lobethal community has shown incredible resilience over the last three years, and we are proud to be part helping them come together to bring the festival back to life.

As a leading road safety advocate, RAA is also urging drivers to pay attention to the road during their journey through the Adelaide Hills. Ms Perry said there will even be dedicated RAA patrol vans providing free roadside assistance to motorists at the event.

“We understand that the lighting displays are eye-catching and beautiful but, as always, drivers should remain vigilant if they’re behind the wheel.

“If attendees do have any issues with their vehicles, we will have our patrols on hand to help everyone to keep moving and enjoying the festivities safely.”

For more information on the 2021 Lights of Lobethal Festival, including key dates and events, visit