Top 10 Things to do in Canberra - Holiday Break

10 – Kite Making at the Arboretum

A super fun activity for the kids to do during the school holidays! They can create and decorate their own kite to fly at one of Canberra’s most scenic locations. Have fun and get creative!

January 9 – January 30 (check website for session times)

National Arboretum, Forest Dr, Molonglo Valley

Cost: $15 per kite (which kids can take home with them)


9 - Kids Pantry

If your kids have shown an interest in cooking, then we have the perfect school holiday event for you! There’ll be lots of laughter, mess and delicious recipes for the kids to create during the holiday program! There’s different sessions for different age groups starting at 5 through to 13+. The kids will learn to make cakes, ice-cream, tarts, burgers, granola, nachos, fish cakes, spring rolls, scones and more!

January 15 – February 2 (check website for session times)

7 Geils Court, Deakin

Cost: check website for different session costs


8 - Christmas lunches

A range of local charities are helping make Christmas that bit brighter for those who’ll be alone over the holidays by hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunches! Among the charities/churches getting involved are the Salvation Army, St Mary in the Valley Anglican Church, Canberra City Care, YMCA, OzHarvest and more.

Various times & locations on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – check website for details


7 - What's on at the National Dinosaur Museum

There’s lots to explore at the Dinosaur Museum over the school holidays! Staff will run fossil digs, dinosaur hunts and guided tours to keep the kids entertained – and they might even learn something!

Check the website for session times

National Dinosaur Museum, 6 Gold Creek Rd, Nicholls

Cost: free with normal entry


6 - NYE in the City

Let the countdown to NYE begin with two free concerts! Live up the final moments of 2017 with performances and soundtracks by Art vs Science, Exposure, Ember, Blanke, Harry Carman, Brass Knuckle Brass Band and more! Check out the spectacular fireworks at 9pm and midnight. Canberrans will also be able to feast on the top local food trucks including Tikka Stand, Jacko’s Pizza, Potato Swirls, Pure Gelato and Shotclock Espresso.

December 31 from 7pm

Garema Place & Civic Square in the city

Cost: free!


5 - What's on at the National Botanic Gardens

There’s heaps happening at the Botanic Gardens over the holidays for kids and adults! Visitors can learn all about amphibians and reptiles at Snakes Alive exhibitions. Kids can take part in the Biodiversity Detectives school holiday program, involving hands-on science workshops where they join scientists and rangers to investigate the secret lives on bugs, reptiles, plants and more! Sample native delights at Bush Tucker afterDARK, enjoy live music and delicious food at Summer Sounds, or try your hand at rainforest drawing!

Check the website for session dates, times & costs

National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross St, Acton


4 - Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle

The old-school film with Robbie Williams about the board game where the characters and settings come to life has been re-made! Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting where they find out they must play to survive. A film the adults and kids will enjoy!

In cinemas from December 26 – check with your local cinema for session times & ticket prices


3 – Christmas lights

It’s an annual highlight for many families – packing the kids into the car and exploring Canberra’s spectacular Christmas light displays. There’s certainly no shortage of them, with some of the best at 47 Bissenberger Crescent in Kambah, 32 Elia Ware Crescent in Bonner, 37 Diamond St in Amaroo, 120 Bingley Crescent in Fraser, 17 Middleton Cct in Gowrie – the list goes on! Check out our list with more addresses on the MIX106.3 website and Facebook page.

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2 - Sunset Cinema & Open Air Cinema

The last chance to sit back and relax in the beautiful setting that is the Botanic Gardens for the Sunset Cinema! The last film screened is “Daddy’s Home 2” and tickets are selling fast for tonight’s session! If you’re keen for more movies under the stars, the Open Air Cinema kicks off on January 11 through till February 25 with a whole range of films being screened at the Patrick White Lawns. There’ll also be live music, food and drinks!

“Daddy’s Home 2” – December 23, 6:30pm, National Botanic Gardens

Open Air Cinema – Jan 11–Feb 25, Patrick White Lawns

Cost: check website for ticket prices


1 - Christmas in Glebe Park

There’s a huge program planned for the third and final weekend of Christmas in Glebe Park after a successful first couple of weeks! There’ll be something for everyone with painted gingerbread cubby houses, roving carollers, a live Christmas Tree forest, light displays, visits from Santa and Nomad the Magician, heaps of performances, delicious food, a free petting zoo, goat yoga and more!

December 23 12pm-10pm (last day!)

Glebe Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec

10 - Ferdinand

Looking for something for the kids to do during the holidays? There’s a new comedy animation film out at the cinemas this week: Ferdinand! It tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he’s captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

In cinemas now!

Check with your local cinema for session times & ticket pricecs


9 - Canberra Cavalry vs Perth Heat

The league’s two best offensive outfits are going head to head in Canberra, with the Cavalry hosting Perth Heat in the four-game series. It’s always a great atmosphere at Narrabundah Ballpark, so make sure you get down there for what’s expected to be some competitive and entertaining baseball action!

Saturday December 16 at 7pm & Sunday December 17 at 1pm

The Fort at MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah

Cost: Adult tickets start from $25 and children tickets start from $18


8 - Carillon Christmas concert

Get into the festive spirit at Aspen Island! Bring a picnic rug and enjoy the view while listening to the Carillon’s 55 bells being played by six carillonists, including three of the youngest in the world! Sing along with the Canberra Harmony Chorus as they perform much-loved Christmas carols. There’ll be food and drink available, including free popcorn! You can also get a rare glimpse of the bells by joining a free tour between 4pm and 5:45pm.

Sunday December 17 from 6-7:30pm

National Carillon, Aspen Island, Wendouree Drive, Parkes

Cost: free!


7 - Other Christmas events

There’s plenty of Christmas events happening around the capital this weekend! Some of them include Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Carols on the Valley, the Christmas Carol Ball, Carols in Town Park, Carols on Condamine, a Christmas-themed Nerf game and you can learn how to make your own gingerbread house at the Canberra Centre!

Various times & locations around Canberra


6 - Colour – see the world in a new light

Questacon has a new interactive exhibition on display just in time for the summer holidays! This exhibition features a range of hands-on science exhibits and activities that explore the different ways we perceive colour. Learn about how light influences colour and compare your perception of colour with family and friends!

Open now!

Gallery 1, Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Parkes

Cost: free with general admission


5 - UC Capitals vs Adelaide Lightning

With only three UC Capitals home games left this season, our girls would love you to join them at their new home stadium – the National Convention Centre! Cheer on the UC Caps as they take on Adelaide Lightning, with 30{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} off family tickets online via Ticketek! A game not to be missed!

Sunday December 17, doors open at 1:30pm with tip-off at 3pm

National Convention Centre, 31 Constitution Ave, Canberra

Cost: Adult $21, Junior $11, Concession $16, Family (30{574d531d5fc467f25e34179971194f57f82ed0fcc8bb5ce3f07badc5570e102e} off) $35


4 - Yazz Wine Fest

What’s the one thing better than a Winery Tour? A Winery Tour with no travel time between the wineries! A dozen wineries are coming together for an afternoon of delicious wine tasting, with over 40 wines on display! Head along to check out some of the region’s best wine, food and music at Yazz Wine Fest!

Saturday December 16 at 12-2pm & 2-4pm

Yazzbar, Soldiers Memorial Hall, 82-94 Comur St, Yass

Cost: $35 (includes your take home tasting glass)


3 – Infamous

It’s the last weekend to check out this fantastic adult cabaret circus, featuring a singer, dancers, comedy and world class circus acts! An 18+ event with delicious food and a never before seen circus cabaret vibe. This is one show you won’t want to miss!

Saturday December 16 at 8pm & Sunday December 17 at 7pm

The Spiegel Big Top, Majura Rd, cnr Spitfire Ave, Canberra (opposite Costco)

Cost: B Reserve $45, A Reserve $60, Ringside on Stage $90


2 - Mamma Mia

This spectacular show has received rave reviews so far! If you haven’t seen it, the ABBA-filled musical Mamma Mia wraps up at the Canberra Theatre this weekend. There’s limited seats left, so book now before the production heads off on its national tour!

Saturday December 16 at 2pm & 7:30pm and Sunday December 17 at 3pm

Canberra Theatre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra

Cost: Tickets range from $89.95-$149.95


1 - Christmas in Glebe Park

There’s a huge program planned for the second weekend of Christmas in Glebe Park after a hugely successful first week! There’ll be something for everyone with painted gingerbread cubby houses, roving carollers, a live Christmas Tree forest, light displays, visits from Santa and Nomad the Magician, heaps of performances, delicious food and more! There’ll also be a free outdoor cinema this weekend screening Elf on Saturday and Home Alone on Sunday!

Runs from December 8 – 23, opening from 12pm-10pm Saturday and Sunday this weekend

Glebe Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!

Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec

10 - Australian National Fencing Championships

A chance to see Australia’s best fencers in action, as well as competitors from New Zealand, Asia and Europe! Men and women’s events are run for Epee, Foil and Sabre for open age groups and veterans. Cheer the ACT to victory in the team competitions and see who wins the big prizes: The Cyclone Cup for the Best State in the Opens and The Centenary Shield for the Best State in the Veterans.

December 8 – 12

AIS Arena, Bruce



9 - Christmas events

There’s plenty of ways to get your Christmas cheer on this weekend, whether it be picking up some great gifts or singing carols! Some of the many events include the Christmas Market at EPIC, Christmas at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Joyeux Noel, a German Christmas concert, the Salvos Christmas Carols and more!

December 9 & 10

Various locations around Canberra



8 - Hyper Real

This blockbuster exhibition has certainly sent tongues wagging! Check out the range of sculptures, some of which are eerily lifelike to others that are out of this world. They challenge audiences to look beyond what’s skin deep and explore the question: what makes us human? It’s definitely like nothing else you’ve seen before!

October 20 2017 – February 18 2018

National Gallery of Australia

Cost: Adult $25, Concession/student $22.50, Children under 16 are free, NGA member $20



7 - Music in the Park

It’s time to party! Organised by North CBR Music, this event has a great line up of music, including The Filters, Ultra Violet, Sally Davis, Georgie Murray and Counterfeet, to help you dance the night away! As usual, it’s BYO everything. Everyone is invited!

December 9, 3pm-9pm

Bragg St, Hackett

Cost: gold coin donation for a local charity



6 – RSPCA 12 Barks of Christmas Carols

Bring your whole family and four-legged friends to kick off the festive season with the RSPCA’s 12 Barks of Christmas Carols! Sing along to choirs and bands and enjoy delicious food! Also, why not treat your pooch to some cute Christmas gifts from the retail stall! All proceeds go to the RSPCA to help animals in need.

December 10, 4-7pm

RSPCA shelter, 12 Kirkpatrick St, Weston

Cost: Adult $30, Concession/students $20, Child (3-17) $15, family $75



5 - Canberra Cavalry vs Melbourne Aces

The Canberra Cavalry are back home this week for their four game series against the Melbourne Aces, which continues this weekend! Our guys would love a strong home crowd at Narrabundah Ballpark to cheer them on!

December 7 – 10

MIT Ballpark, Goyder St, Narrabundah

Cost: check website for details (costs vary depending on which match you attend)



4 - GoBoat Canberra

You can now have a picnic on Lake Burley Griffin! GoBoat Canberra is offering self-operated Scandinavian picnic boats for hire, leaving from the Kingston Foreshore pier. You don’t even need a boat licence! So whether you’re keen to hit the water with colleagues for after work drinks, or you want to plan a romantic date for two, there’s something to suit every occasion.

Every day, 7 days a week

Wharf 2, Trevillian Quay, Kingston

Cost: One hour $95, two hours $169, three hours $239, $70 per additional hour



3 - Handmade Christmas Markets

A fantastic event showcasing over 260 Australian creative businesses and their handmade designs. Find something unique and well-priced – and chat to the maker too! They’ve got everything from fashion, furniture, ceramics, kid’s toys, clothes, jewellery, an indoor gourmet food pavilion and more! You may even pick up some beautifully handmade Christmas gifts.

December 8 – 10

Exhibition Park, Flemington Rd, Mitchell

Cost: free entry, gold coin donations encouraged.



2 - The Commons Street Feast

The food truck festival at Commonwealth Park brings over 20 of Australia’s best food trucks to one spot, as well as craft beer and wine bars, the Pimms Garden, a butler service, Dogs Day Out, roaming performers, a visit from Santa, face painting, games, trivia and more! Try the street food, woodfired pizza, slow-cooked meats, burgers, loaded fries, fried chicken, wings, chip on a stick, yummy platters and delectable desserts!

November 30 – December 10

Commonwealth Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!



1 - Christmas in Glebe Park

There’s a huge program planned for the first weekend of Christmas in Glebe Park! There’ll be something for everyone with inflatable rides, a nerf arena, jumping castles, light displays, visits from Santa and Nomad the Magician, a live Christmas Tree forest, painted gingerbread cubby houses, roving carollers, delicious food and more! The perfect way to get into the festive spirit!

Three packed weekends from December 8 – 23

Glebe Park, Canberra

Cost: free entry!