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Festive Feels: Christmas comes to Glebe Park 

Josie Gouvoussis

On the eighth day of December, my true love took me to: Christmas in Glebe Park!

Once again, Christmas has snuck up on us and so have the festivities. Now that it’s December, we’re all in a mad rush to purchase gifts, decorate that slightly-dilapidated tree in tinsel and organise a cracking Christmas lunch for the family.

But it’s also a perfect time to treat yourself by soaking 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.

Over three packed weekends from this Thursday 8 to Saturday 23 December, event extraordinaires Damsel and Sprout are hosting a festival crammed with all things Christmas-related for kids and kids at heart alike.


Friday 8 December from 5-10pm, Saturday 9 December from 12-10pm and Sunday 10 December from 12-10pm


The festivities kick off this Friday 8 December with plenty of entertainment for the kids, including Santa photos from 6-9 pm where kids big and small can get a picture with the man himself.

After the camera has clicked, enter into the fairytale world of Hansel and Gretel by popping in to the life-sized gingerbread cubby houses (not edible unfortunately), perfect for hide and go seek.

Nomad the Magician and
Ernest the Elf will also be making an appearance with some classic magical skills, card tricks and games. For the kid who’s full of beans, the maze and inflatable jumping castles will be the best way to expend all that extra energy.


Want to enter a colourful universe featuring ‘all of the lights’, Kanye style? Check out the live Christmas tree forest featuring vibrant light installations which will be perfect for a quirky boomerang or Insta snap (or even to admire in real life!).

Let your inner Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle loose in the Nerf Arena where you’ll be able to safely peg your mates with Nerf bullets.


There’s nothing like cranking up the Mariah Carey Christmas tunes in the office, but how about some classics performed live? Chief Minister Andrew Barr will be attending the first evening of Christmas in Glebe Park to introduce the musical talents of the Boogie Buddies and Tuba Christmas. There will also be tasty treats and savoury foods stalls as well as Capital Brewing Co.


Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December from 5-10pm, Saturday 16 December from 5-10pm and Sunday 17 December from 12-10pm


Along with the classic gingerbread house, magicians and Santa shots, children can enjoy the roving carollers and toy soldiers, which is also a great opportunity for parents to nab an adorable picture for the annual Christmas card.


Beer + Yoga = a recipe for happiness. Want to pretend to be actually exercising whilst drinking an alcoholic beverage with your gym buddies? ‘Bend and Beers’, proudly supported by Capital Brewing Co and the flexi people at Joga Yoga, is kicking off on Friday 15 December at 5.30 and the following Sunday at 2pm.

It’s the perfect opportunity to have a laugh and drink up some tasty, fresh beer.

If yoga isn’t really your thing, head to Glebe Park for a relaxing film at the free outdoor cinema which will be screening Elf and Home Alone on both Saturday and Sunday, ideal for a date night or girls’ night out.

Love live music? Country singer/songwriter Sophie Rainbow will be performing live along with the renowned Canberra brass band and the groovy tunes of Canberra City pipes and drums.


Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December from 5-10pm and Saturday 23 December from 12-10pm


The final weekend of Christmas in Glebe Park is full of festive delights! All your favourites including Santa, Nomad the Magician and the painted gingerbread cubby houses will be there as well as some new additions to the Christmas family.

There’s a free petting zoo on Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday 12-7pm and free donkey rides on Saturday from 1-6pm, so mark this in your diary if you want to be living the Saddle Club dream, or just give some cute baby lambs a cuddle.


How about bringing the petting zoo into your practice? Your yoga practice that is! Goat yoga is pretty much as the name suggests (hilarious and wildly entertaining) and will be happening Friday 22 December at 5pm and the following Saturday at 1pm.

The final night of Christmas in Glebe Park also features some fantastic live music talent including the R&B and pop stylings of Ned Philpot, the entrancing folk tunes of Sophie Edwards, country star Sophie Rainbow and the chart topping and velvety smooth MAXO.

the essentials

What: Christmas in Glebe Park
When: Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 8-23 December
Where: Glebe Park, Civic
Cost: Free with some activities at minor cost
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Josie Gouvoussis

Josie Gouvoussis is a 16-year-old intern, currently in Year 11 at Radford College, studying Ancient History and English Literature. Born and bred in the nation’s capital, Josie is an aspiring journalist and hopes to one day write her way around Europe. She enjoys meeting, learning from and writing about local Canberrans and the extraordinary lives they lead. She is a low key (by low-key meaning fangirl obsessed) book lover who will read anything from politics and history to gore, crime and fantasy. Usually one can find her lounging around deeply immersed in a fiction novel or swimming with her friends. More about the Author