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This Week In The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team


Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through!

That’s why we’ve introduced our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Carols in Town Park

The Salvation Army Tuggeranong is preparing to celebrate Christmas with the Canberra community at their annual Carols in Town Park.

Carols in Town Park is a family friendly event with kid’s activities starting at 5pm with jumping castles, pony rides and farm animals. And there is a chance of a visit from Santa! The community carols kick off at 6.30pm led by Amber Nichols from “The Voice”, Katie de Veau, Dallas Atkins, The Salvation Army’s National Capital Band & Timbrels and Canberra Community Voices. Commissioner James Condon, Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army Australian Eastern Territory and Nip Wijewickrema, ACT Young Australian of the Year will also take part during the event.

Visit the website for more information. On Sunday December 20 from 5pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Bartlett Place, Greenway.

Quidam by Cirque du Soleil

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Since premiering under the Big Top in Montreal in 1996, Quidam has captivated millions of people across five continents. Now Quidam has embarked on a new journey, with the same spell-binding production being performed in arenas around the world. The international cast features 46 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors who present a showcase of spectacular aerial feats, astonishing human agility, and heart-warming emotion.

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organisation providing high-quality artistic entertainment.

The company has 4,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.

Cirque du Soleil present Quidam from 10 to 20 December 2015 at AIS Arena, Bruce for 15 performances only. Tickets start at $75. Visit the website for more information.

Christmas Experiences at Canberra Centre

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Customers will celebrate the season with a glass of bubbly at our Pamper Parlour. Each week, they’ll be treated to something different from hand massages to make-up trials – special experiences to prepare them for their night out.

Friday 11 and 18 December 4pm – 9pm

Ground Level, outside Nespresso

Live Art Installation

In celebration of Christmas, Australian typography artist Gemma O’Brien will take over a space in centre to bring #thatchristmasfeeling to life.

From December 10 – December 15

Ground Level, in between Nine West and Bailey Nelson


The floors of Canberra Centre will be bustling with Christmas music and festivities over the next few weeks. The beautiful voices of Canberra’s female trio, The Stilettos will ring throughout the Centre at select times, as will our other local entertainers,Canberra Chordsmen, String Theory Quartet, The Choral Society, Sweet Affair, and a pianist and harpist for soft tunes to put you in the Christmas mood. Performance times are available at


Gift Wrapping

Presents will be wrapped to perfection for a gold coin donation. All proceeds will be donated to SIDS and Kids ACT.

From December 12 – 24

Level 1, outside Witchery

For further information and times, please visit

Porter Service

Customers will receive VIP treatment from our team of porters who will help carry their gifts to their car and provide directions.

From December 12 – 24

Level 1, outside Witchery

For further information and times, please visit

Extended Christmas Opening Hours*

Saturday 19 December

9.00am – 6.00pm

Sunday 20 December

9.00am – 6.00pm

Monday 21 December

9.00am – 8.00pm

Tuesday 22 December

9.00am – 9.00pm

Wednesday 23 December

9.00am – 9.00pm

Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve)

9.00am – 5.30pm

Friday 25 December (Christmas Day)


Saturday 26 December (Boxing Day)

8.00am – 7.00pm

Sunday 27 December

10.00am– 4.00pm

Monday 28 December (Boxing Day public holiday)

10.00am – 4.00pm

Tuesday 29 December

9.00am – 5.30pm

Wednesday 30 December

9.00am – 5.30pm

Thursday 31 December (New Year’s Eve)

9.00am – 5.30pm

Friday 1 January (New Year’s Day)

10.00am – 4.00pm

Normal Centre trading hours resume Saturday 2 January

*Individual store hours may vary. Please consult with individual retailers to confirm trading hours. More information here.

CARDIF Collective Christmas Pop-Up

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Still have some shopping to do? Make Santa proud. Shop local. Buy Australian.

The new CARDIF Collective Christmas pop-up is open this weekend and until 22 December, with the work of more than 30 local and regional designers available in fashion, accessories, jewellery, home wares, kid’s toys and clothing and more.

Centrally located with plenty of parking. It’s all happening on Level 1, Cusack Centre, Green Square, Kingston. 10am to 4pm this weekend and 10am to 6pm through the week.

Canberra Santa Pub Crawl


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The Santa Pub Crawl is back for another year of dress up hilarity! Stopping at all the inner city hot spots, grab a bunch of friends, a costume, and join in the fun!

Santa Pub Crawl wristbands will be $10 again to to raise money for the Cancer Support Group – Please see below for detail on what you will receive at each location. There will only be a limited amount of wristbands available on the night.

Everyone is welcome to attend, invite your friends, your family, come alone and make new friends. Dress up in your Christmas costume, Santa, Reindeer’s, Elves, Christmas Presents, the more creative the better. Join the party along the way if you cant make it from the start. The more the merrier!!

From 6pm, Saturday 19 December until 5am Sunday 20 December. Please note you must be 18+ to attend this event.

Debacle – 6pm -7pm – Platters of Canapés for all Santa’s

Civic Pub – 7pm – 8:15pm$4 Tap Beer, Wine and Basic Spirits

Digress Bar – 8:15pm – 9:30pm – $4 Tap Beer, Wine and Basic Spirits

Treehouse – 9:30pm – 11pm$4 150 Lashes tap beer, Wine and Basic Spirits

Mooseheads Pub & Nightclub – 11pm – Close$4 Tap Beer, Wine and Basic Spirits

Purchase your $10 tickets here and follow the fun on #CBRSantaPubCrawl

Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas Market


Canberra’s favourite Sunday markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, are getting ready to host their popular Christmas markets, on throughout the month of December.

The Old Bus Depot Markets’ Christmas markets will feature handmade gifts and festive items including Christmas wreaths, decorations, table centrepieces, candles, stockings and advent calendars. Live Christmas trees are also an annual favourite, and modern handmade wooden Christmas trees offer an alternative you can style for your own home.

 And the food, the glorious Christmas food. The markets will offer delicious Christmas fare including cakes, gingerbread houses, mince tarts, puddings, shortbread, party dips, farmhouse cheeses, olives and more.

 At the annual Christmas Stallholder sale markets’ stallholders will be offering exclusive specials and fantastic deals – it’s a great chance for visitors to stock up on everything they need for the festive season.

 Usually a Sunday-only affair, the markets will be open on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout December in the lead up to Christmas Day.  This gives more time for customers to find what they’re looking for, and more opportunity for the many stallholders to spread the Christmas cheer.

 Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets will be openSaturday 12 and Sunday 13 December, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit

Christmas Carillon Concert


Get into the Christmas spirit at the National Carillon for an enjoyable afternoon of unforgettable music by Lake Burley Griffin. Step inside this spectacular instrument in one of the special Tower Tours, from 4.30 – 5.20 pm and 6.45 – 7.15 pm. See the bells and the batons up close metres above the ground! Limited number of tours available, so first in best dressed!

Hear talented carillonists play from 5.30 – 6.45 pm this Sunday, joined by the beautiful vocals of a choir.

Sing along or relax in the afternoon sun as the music drifts across the lake.

Sunday 20 December from 4.30pm – 7.15pm at Aspen Island. Tower tours and music are free.

Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons


Behind the Lines 2015: The year’s best political cartoons celebrates the role of political cartoonists in Australia and highlights the power that their drawings have in contributing to our daily political and social discourse.

With a selection of 80 cartoons from 39 cartoonists, this year’s exhibition displays some of Australia’s most controversial cartoons that test the boundaries of free speech and the freedom of the press.

Until 25 November 2016, daily from 9am – 5pm at Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. Closed Christmas Day. Click here for more information.

New KSPACE at the National Museum of Australia 

KSPACE Design stations. Image credit: Jason McCarthy

KSPACE Design stations. Image credit: Jason McCarthy

KSPACE is a three-stage experience and up to 12 visitors can take part in each stage. Visitors start their adventure in the Design Station where they use touchscreens to create a time-travelling robot. They then enter a Time Pod where they are blasted back to a mystery location, such as the Victorian goldfields of 1854 or Sydney in the 1930s when the Harbour Bridge was being built.

Visitors then use their robots to explore the location and collect points before teaming up with others as one big robot to complete a mission unique to that time and place. Kspace sessions start every 10 minutes and take 30 minutes to complete.

Kspace is open to general visitors:  Weekends, public holidays and ACT school holidays, with sessions starting between 9.15am and 4.00pm. Mondays to Fridays, with sessions starting between 12pm and 1.30pm (during school term time).

 IMB Bank Sunset Cinema


One of Canberra’s most popular summer attractions, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema, is back for its fourth season at the beautiful Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Screening from Friday November 13 through to the December 19, 4 sessions per week, IMB Bank Sunset Cinema offers its guests an entertaining mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers and family films, as well as live music, beanbags, fantastic food from London Burgers, and a fully licensed bar.

IMB Bank Sunset Cinema is so much more than just a trip to the movies!

This Saturday (closing night!) will see Bond, James Bond, take to the screen. Book tickets here

Tickets are on sale now. Visit the website for more information. On from Friday November 13 to Saturday December 19 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton. 


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