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30 ways to spend December in Canberra

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“There’s nothing to do in Canberra over summer”? 

That’s where you’re wrong. Here are 30 ways to spend December, with more to come in January and February.

1

Soak up the season with family and friends. Whether you’re into Christmas movies, life size gingerbread houses, a Christmas tree forest, Goat Yoga or live music outdoors, Christmas In Glebe Park has got it covered.

facebook.com/christmasinglebepark

2

End the week on a high with Friday night drinks at Old Parliament House, from 4pm until late. Until 15 December.

moadoph.com.au

3

Explore the Canberra wine region on horseback with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback. Until 16 December.

burnelee.com.au 

4

See the ultimate feel-good musical MAMMA MIA! at Canberra Theatre Centre. Until 17 December.

canberratheatrecentre.com.au 

5

Head to the Australian National Botanic Gardens for IMB Bank Sunset Cinema for new release blockbusters and cult classics. Until 23 December.

sunsetcinema.com.au/Canberra

6

Take a llama for a walk.

alpacamagic.com.au

7

Watch Canberra girl Liv Hewson in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet.

netflix.com/au/title/80095815

8

The Old Bus Depot Markets are something of a Sunday tradition.

Hit the Old Bus Depot Markets for more than 200 stalls offering unique handcrafted items, food and wine.

obdm.com.au 

9

Explore one of Canberra’s many places to swim, fish or picnic.

hercanberra.com.au/cpcity/swim-canberra-summer

10

Head to The RUC for Sunday Soul Sessions—R&B music plus barefoot bowls, burgers, beers or bubbles. Sundays until 24 December.

theruc.com.au

11

See Australia’s leading glass artists in action or take part in a hands-on class at Canberra Glassworks and learn the secrets to flame working, glass blowing, cold working, kiln forming and casting.

canberraglassworks.com

12

Take a trip to Cuba at The Highball Express.

highballexpress.com.au 

13

Taste the Canberra Wine Region at more than 35 wineries.

canberrawines.com.au

 14

Enjoy a Bellini with your blow-dry at Saloon in Braddon.

saloonco.com.au

15

Catch up on one of Canberra’s 70 new places to eat.

hercanberra.com.au/cpfood/new-canberra-food 

 16

Discover Canberra’s spirit (literally) with this tour of local distillers and cocktail experts.

localspirit.com.au

17

Take a journey across the Australian desert in the National Museum of Australia’s Aboriginal-led exhibition: Songlines: Tracking The Seven Sisters. Until 25 February.

nma.gov.au

18

Check out locally-made goods at Trove, Meet Gather Collect, Gungahlin Collective and The Markets Wanniassa.

trovecanberra.com.au

meetgathercollect.com.au

gungahlincollective

themarketswanniassa.com

19

Encounter a bettong at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary!

mulligansflat.org.au 

20

View the city from on high at Mount Ainslie Lookout.

environment.act.gov.au

21

See a piece of the Moon that’s over 3.8 billion years old at the Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla.

cdscc.nasa.gov 

22

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Experience sunrise or sunset at Within Without—the National Gallery of Australia’s Skyspace by American artist James Turrell.

nga.gov.au/turrell

23

 

Shop til you drop at Canberra Centre’s new beauty and lifestyle precinct, Monaro Mall.

canberracentre.com.au

24

Credit: Anisa Sabet

Indulge at The Commons Street Feast—more than 20 food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, plus a whole host of events and entertainment. Until 10 December.

thecommonsstreetfeast.com.au 

25

Visit Yarralumla Play Station to ride the miniature train, a game of mini golf or to pat the farm animals.

yarraps.com.au

26

Head to NewActon and enjoy a tipple on the Parlour terrace or in the A.Baker courtyard.

parlour.net.au

abaker.com.auw

27

Image: Andrew Merry. Supplied.

Play tourist and visit one of our national institutions: the Royal Australian Mint, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House or Australian Parliament House.

ramint.gov.au

moadoph.gov.au

aph.gov.au

28

Visit the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets and delight in the buzzy atmosphere and quality produce.

fyshwickfreshfoodmarkets.com.au

29

Relive your childhood by strapping on your roller skates at Skate Nation.

skatenationcanberra.com.au

30

Escape the hustle and bustle at a quiet cabin or campground.

hercanberra.com.au/cabin-fever

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Summer for Summer 2017/18, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here

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