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The Commons Street Feast

In 2016 the inaugural The Commons Street Feast attracted over 50,000 Canberrans across 10 days of pure, glorious indulgence! Returning for 2017 in Commonwealth Park, The Commons is bringing over 20 of Australia’s most mouth-watering food trucks, dedicated craft beer and wine bars, the completely insta-worthy Pimms Garden, plus a whole host of events, entertainment and installations to satisfy your inner most gluttonous desires, with free entry for all. 

Held Thursday 30 November to Sunday 10 December at Commonwealth Park.


Handmade Christmas Market

Canberra's award winning Handmade Market is a quarterly event, which brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets from all over Australia to showcase their handmade designs. Handmade Market December 2017 is an indoor event showcasing over 260 Australian designer/makers. All products on sale are Australian made and designed. Shop at Handmade to support Australian designers and find something unique, well priced and where you can meet the maker. 

Held Friday 8 to Sunday 10 December at Exhibition Park in Canberra.


Canberra Christmas Market

Now in its sixth year, Canberra Christmas Market is a two-day market dedicated to shoppers looking for different Christmas treats and gifts not usually found in high street or shopping mall stores. From Christmas trees and decorations to gingerbread houses and toys and a caroling Santa, the market is a celebration of the spirit that is Christmas.

Held Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December at the Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra from 9am to 3pm.


Joyeux Noel

Canberra City Salvos invites you to experience Joyeux Noel – a community Christmas celebration. Spend time with the family with loads of free family fun – jumping castles, petting zoo, face painting, lawn games + much more. Shop for unique gifts at our Christmas Market. Relax on the Village Green listening to fabulous performances from local Canberra artists, including Mickey Sulit, Ten Reasons Band and Recorder Rondo. Finish a great afternoon singing carols with the amazingly talented Lucy Sugerman (The Voice Australia Grand Finalist) and The Salvation Army Band.

Held Sunday 10 December at The Salvation Army in Braddon from 2pm to 6pm.



12 Barks of Christmas Carols

Celebrate the festive season with the whole family, including your pooch. Sing along with Canberra’s best choirs and bands, indulge in delicious dishes and even more delicious drinks from the market, and treat your pooch to some cute Christmas gifts from the RSPCA ACT Retail Stall! Your children can meet the princesses, dance with them and get their photo! As if that’s not exciting enough – Santa Paws is back! Santa will be available to take cute photos with your dog at the Santa Paws Photobooth!

Held Sunday 10 December in Weston RSPCA Shelter from 4pm to 9pm.


Festive Die Hard Screenings at Dendy

This December, for one night only, Dendy Canberra is set to host screenings of the epic Christmas film Die Hard. Dendy Cinema-goers can enjoy both Christmas drink & cookie, and maybe some mistletoe too! Don’t miss a chance to celebrate the end of the year Bruce Willis style!

Held Monday 11 December at Dendy Cinemas from 6:30pm to 8pm.


Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets

Immerse yourself in everything Christmassy! Stock up on everything you need for Christmas from a large array of unique and handcrafted gifts for loved ones, to items to decorate your home for the festive season. You'll find wreaths, table centre pieces, candles, handmade stockings and even live Christmas trees.

Held Sundays during December at the Old Bus Depot Markets from 10am to 4pm.


Mamma Mia!

Set on a Greek island paradise and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic songs, writer Catherine Johnson’s MAMMA MIA! is a heart-warming tale. It tells us of a young bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding, who wants to discover the identity of her father. She brings together three men from her mother’s past, back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

Held Friday 24 November to Sunday 17 December at the Canberra Theatre Centre.


IMB Bank Sunset Cinema

Gather your friends and family, sit back, relax and watch the stars at your new summer local. Open multiple nights each week in November and December at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the season is packed with new release blockbusters, quirky comedies, award-winning features and cult classic – perfect for a date night, girls’ night out or some family fun.

Held regularly from Thursday 16 November to Saturday 23 December.

31 May 17
30 Jan 18
A black and white photograph of Indigenous rights activist Ray Peckham standing at a podium

A Change Is Gonna Come

National Museum of Australia

Inspired by the 1964 civil rights song of the same name, this exhibition invites visitors to consider the 1967 referendum and the 1992 Mabo decision within the context of their time, through events...

18 Dec 17
24 Dec 17
Animals at the zoo are enjoying xmas treats

A really wild Christmas!

National Zoo & Aquarium

Enjoy the exciting build-up to Christmas at the zoo with themed activities and animal enrichment, there’s lots to celebrate! Visit the website for all the latest information and events.

2 Dec 17
Audience members at the event

A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas

Llewellyn Hall

Canberra Comedy Festival has a very special Christmas present for you! Join the festival’s best comedians for A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas as they get you into the festive spirit in...

13 Dec 17

A Very Kransky Christmas - Canberra

Canberra Theatre Centre

The Kransky Sisters bring you A Very Kransky Christmas. Come and join these off-the-wall siblings as they turn your Christmas into a stuffed ham. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese...

14 Dec 17
Christmas Party

Alliance Française - Christmas Party

Alliance Française de Canberra

Come and have a great time at our annual Christmas Party. Performances all night! Members, Students, Committee members & Staff, frenchie lovers all welcome! Dinner & Entertainment! If you can...

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