The 2020 Lobethal Lights have become the latest South Australian Christmas tradition to fall victim to COVID-19.

The Lights of Lobethal committee announced yesterday that the 2020 event will not go ahead, saying that the pandemic has forced its hand.

It will be the second consecutive year that the event has been cancelled, with the 2019 event cancelled because of the summer’s catastrophic bushfires.

The lights join the West End Brewery’s Christmas lights, the Elder Park Carols by Candlelight, Tea Tree Gully Council’s carols and several suburban Christmas pageants to be cancelled thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adelaide’s Christmas Pageant, meanwhile, will be forced to move to Adelaide Oval as a ticketed event for the first time ever.

News of the cancellation of the lights comes following the announcement by Premier Steven Marshall that some restrictions across the state are set to be eased.

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As of midnight tonight, patrons consuming alcohol at licensed venues will not have to be seated, providing they are outside.

The ban on dancing at weddings and private functions has also been lifted, providing the event has a defined guest list.

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