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And the Christmas Play Date has been moved to Sunday to take advantage of the sunshine.

It’s the merriest time of the year, and Canberra is celebrating with style. You may have already noticed the city is sparkling with interactive street art stretching across to Garema Place, a live Christmas forest, decorations, and lighting as part of Merry + Bright, the official ACT Government Christmas celebrations.

As well as the classic Christmas trimmings (trees, presents and Santa, of course), Merry + Bright features music, entertainment, picnics, movies, trackless train rides, and even a dance party.

There’s heaps to check out for both kids and adults, and it’s all free! Here’s your guide to what’s on in the lead up ‘til Christmas.

Until 21 December: Merry + Bright Outdoor Cinema

If you’re a Christmas movie tragic like us, you’re in luck this year with free screenings of Muppets Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, The Holiday, Home Alone 2 and Arthur Christmas coming to Canberra.

From Monday 17 to Friday 21 December, there’ll be a different movie each night on a big outdoor cinema screen in Glebe Park. All screenings begin at sunset, around 8 pm, and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or grab some takeaway. Plus, snack food vendors will be on site for the essential popcorn and ice-cream as well as frozen yogurt and treats from Cannoli Brothers.

Until Christmas: A summer Christmas in the city

Until 25 December you can walk down City Walk’s giant mural with roving entertainment, carolers and a trackless train driving around the space each evening from 4 pm until 8 pm Monday-Friday, 12 pm – 8 pm on Saturdays and 12 pm – 5 pm on Sundays.

Friday: Civic Starry DJ Party

For a not-so-silent night, head to Garema Place this Friday 14 December, when a DJ truck in the shape of a giant cassette tape will be taking centre stage. Canberra’s very own DJ Rawson will have a mix of pop tunes and Christmas classics kicking off an all-ages party from 4pm. There’ll also be a street performance by Project Beats Dance Studio, and the night will finish up at 10pm.

Sunday: Christmas Play Date

On Sunday 16 December, Glebe Park will be bursting with Christmas magic. Families are welcome to set up a picnic and join in the fun from 10 am to 4 pm, with a free program including everything from Christmas card making and cookie decorating to kids yoga to a huge game of backyard cricket hosted by ACT Cricket. There’ll also be a music stage, a rock-climbing wall, a small range of food vendors and a parent’s break out zone on site to keep the whole family happy. Feel free to pack a picnic too!

the essentials

What: Merry + Bright
When: Friday 14 December to Monday 24 December
Where: Various locations around Glebe Park, Garema Place, Petrie Plaza and City Walk
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