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13+ ways to spend this weekend in Canberra

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What is there to do in Canberra this weekend? A lot! We’ve picked 10 events not to miss.

From Christmas markets to al fresco drinks and movies, here’s how to spend your weekend. You can even create your very own Christmas Candle! Cute!

The Christmas Bar at Canberra Centre

Everyone knows shopping is better with a side of gin and tonic!

Take a well-deserved break from your festive shopping with a complimentary festive cocktail paired with a yummy treat at Canberra Centre’s pop-up Christmas Bar with Underground Spirits!

From Friday 10 – Sunday 12 December, Underground Spirits will be serving up a selection of cocktails at our Pop-Up Christmas Bar!

Pre-bookings only. One drink per person.

Friday 10—Sunday 12 December | Level 1 Monaro Mall, near David Jones, Canberra Centre | Bookings via eventbrite.com

House of Bubbles

Weekend afternoons done right! Kick back and relax with a glass of champagne in the beautiful surrounds of Bowen Park, when The House of Bubbles pops up this weekend.

Chairs, tables and rugs provided—just gather your colleagues and friends! Bookings preferred for larger groups.

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December from 2pm | Middle of Bowen Park, Kingston| facebook.com

Christmas Candle Making Workshop

Spend Saturday morning creating a beautiful hand-crafted candle scent, a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one this Christmas!

Set within the Canberra Centre Christmas Bar, you will be served bubbly and some delicious sweet and savoury snacks while learning from Lucian Candles’ experienced fragrance designers on how to perfect your chosen scent, and create your very own candle to take home.

Cost: $50 per person. Inclusions: All materials, plus snacks and bubbles will be provided. Please note: Tables will be for two, so best to come in pairs!

While you’re there, make sure to grab a snap with Santa!

10:30am–11:30am Saturday 11 December | Level 1 Monaro Mall in the Christmas Bar, Canberra Centre | eventbrite.com

Two Twenty Somethings Decide Never To Get Stressed About Anything Ever Again. Ever.

Winning the ‘best name ever’ award, this hilarious comedy summarises life as a Millennial in Australia, complete with pot pants, edamame and existential dread.

9–14 December | Canberra Theatre Centre | canberratheatrecentre.com.au

See the Mix 106.3 Mixmas Christmas Lights Trail!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Canberra—and the HerCanberra and Mix 106.3 Mixmas Christmas Lights Trail has arrived!

For some, it may not feel like Christmas until the back of our legs start to stick to plastic chairs or you can’t escape Mariah in the shopping centre, but real Canberrans know it isn’t Christmas until you’ve navigated the best Canberra Christmas light displays using the Mix106.3 Mixmas Christmas Light Trail!


Sunset Cinemas

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars at your new summer local! Open multiple nights each week in November through to February at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classics—perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

Until 26 February 2022 | Australian National Botanic Gardens | sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra

Lerida By The Lake

Join Lerida Estate at the Canberra Visitors Centre at Regatta Point for a one-hour personal wine tasting for two people with delicious antipasto and the best views in town!

One of the team will guide you through five different wines whilst you graze on meats and cheeses. When your wine tasting session concludes, grab a seat in the wine bar and relax with award-winning wine and views over Lake Burley Griffin.

12 noon–8 pm Friday | Canberra Visitors Centre, Regatta Point | eventbrite.com.au

Sesame Street Circus Spectacular: Christmas Edition

Santa is ready to welcome guests on arrival to the sensational Sesame Street Circus Spectacular – Christmas Edition which is making its world debut in Canberra this December.

All your favourite Sesame Street characters and a cast of international circus stars will have audiences gasping, laughing and sitting on the edge of their seats in a fun, thrilling and entertaining show suitable for all ages from 1-23 December at Majura Park.

The fully themed venue is just like a Christmas festival with dozens of beautiful trees, Christmas themed sideshow games, Sesame Street bouncy castle and what would a Christmas event be without the chance to catch up with Santa to tell him if you‘ve been naughty or nice! 

Until 23 December at Majura Park | sesamestreetcircus.com.au 

Geek Markets Canberra

With over 50 traders, Families can spend the weekend wandering safely around the Coorong Pavilion at Exhibition Park (EPIC) checking out the original artwork from local artists while also browsing board games, clothing, toys, books, retro video games, collectables, comics, accessories or searching for a festive gift at the Geek Markets.

Saturday 11 December from 10 am–4 pm | Exhibition Park in Canberra | facebook.com

The Stranger

Renowned as one of the great character studies in modern literature, The Stranger is Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus’ masterpiece.

One of Canberra’s most celebrated actors, Christopher Samuel Carroll, delivers a performance of searing intensity in this solo adaptation of a modern classic at Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre.

8–11 December | Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre | agac.com.au

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Audience favourite, the National Photographic Portrait Prize, is back bigger and for longer this year. Selected from a national field of entries, this iteration incorporates photographs from the maelstrom that was late 2019 and 2020.

Accordingly, they’ve called it Living Memory to acknowledge a time like no other. This exhibition always reflects the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

Until 16 January | National Portrait Gallery | portrait.gov.au

Italian Film Festival

Leave your passport at home and head to Palace Electric in NewActon for a dose of sunny Italy courtesy of the Italian Film Festival.

With plenty of options, including retro classics, the latest blockbusters, arthouse cinema and more, there’s something for everyone.

Showing until 12 December | Palace Electric Cinemas | italianfilmfestival.com.au.

Christmas Village Markets at Haig Park Village Markets

With Christmas just around the corner, Haig Park Village Markets will be getting Braddon into the festive spirit with their very own Christmas Village Markets throughout December, with cheerfully themed market days on Sundays in December.

Imagine a Summer Festive Drinks Garden, live Christmas carols, string quartet, and Christmas themed market stalls combining to delight your senses. Culinary delicacies from the region, fresh produce, artisan products, handmade jewellery, Christmas decorations and more – all of which will be setting the scene for a festive Christmas experience amongst the pines of Haig Park.

Kids can craft their own gingerbread ornaments to hang on the tree or see the big man in red himself. Why not sit back with a beer, wine or G&T and take it easy in the summer breeze, listening to a talented line up of local musicians with a charcuterie or cheese board.

Happening Sunday 12 and 19 December from 9 am to 2 pm | Haig Park, Braddon | haigparkvillagemarkets.com.au

Feature image: Ben Calvert

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