Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 21 & Sun 22 December

10 - Insane Championship Wrestling

Insane Championship Wrestling returns to the Belconnen Community Centre to present: ONE. It features ICW Champion Jake Gibson, Dozer, Mike Kelly, Sam Driver, Tank, Benny Whiplash, Nyx Jade and many more. All ages are welcome – fun for the whole family!

Saturday December 21, doors open 5:30pm, show starts 6pm

Belconnen Community Centre

http://communityswitch.com.au/events/view/21147/icw-one-2019/

Cost: Adults $10, Kids $5, Under 5’s free

 

9 - Canberra Cavalry vs Brisbane Bandits

Cheer on the Canberra Cavalry as they take on the Brisbane Bandits at MIT Ballpark! Our guys are coming off a series loss to the Sydney Blue Sox last week, so they’ll be keen to get more wins back on the board! The perfect way to spend your sunny weekend with friends!

December 19 – 22

MIT Ballpark

https://canberracavalry.com.au/

Cost: tickets from $20

 

8 - Christmas Lego Display

Check out a private Lego display in a very quaint setting of Christmas lights. There is a Raffle with over $200 of assorted Lego prizes to be won, with all proceeds going to Rise Above - Capital Region Cancer Relief. You’ll see rare and exclusive creations like Hogwarts Castle, NASA Apollo Lunar Lander, a Disney castle, Sydney Opera House, trains and many more.

December 21 – 24, 6:30pm – 10pm

Karrugang Cct, Ngunnawal

https://www.facebook.com/events/2360997324005095/?active_tab=about

Cost: free (donations welcome)

 

7 - UC Capitals vs Bendigo Spirit

Join the reigning WNBL champions, the UC Capitals, as they take on Bendigo Spirit. Our girls hope to get back to their winning streak, after going down to the Southside Flyers last weekend. The Caps would love a strong home crowd to cheer them to victory!

Saturday December 21, doors open 4pm, main game 5pm

National Convention Centre

http://wnbl.basketball/uc-capitals/

Cost: tickets from $10

 

6 - Matisse and Picasso

Matisse and Picasso is the first exhibition in Australia to tell the story of the artistic relationship between two of Europe’s greatest twentieth century artists. It brings together masterpieces from collections across the world, with more than 60 paintings and sculptures.

December 13 – April 13

National Gallery of Australia

https://nga.gov.au/matissepicasso/

Cost: tickets from $20

 

5 - A Very NFSA Christmas

Another fun way to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Enjoy special Christmas screenings at the NFSA with some festive surprises. Films to be screened include “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Die Hard” and “Home Alone.”

December 20 – 21 (Home Alone on the Saturday at 2pm)

National Film and Sound Archive

https://www.nfsa.gov.au/events/season-very-nfsa-christmas

Cost: tickets from $10

 

4 - Sunset Cinema

Enjoy a film under the stars in a beautiful setting! There’ll be plenty of hot food, drinks and snacks on site, or pack a picnic. Add to your experience by booking a bean lounger, beanbag or lawn chair. Or take your own rugs or seats from home. There’s a range of new and classic films being screened, including “Love Actually”, “Frozen II”, “Last Christmas”, “Ford v Ferrari”, “Charlie’s Angels” and more.

November 22 – January 12

Australian National Botanic Gardens

https://www.sunsetcinema.com.au/canberra

Cost: check website for details

 

3 - Christmas in Canberra Red Nose Lights

You can experience Canberra’s very own Christmas extravaganza with amazing lighting displays and miniature railway rides and live entertainment, culminating in a spectacular light show. Entry includes unlimited train rides, live entertainment on stage, fantastic light displays and for the kids, use of a giant train themed jumping castle/slide and the opportunity to meet Santa in his all new Grotto. Proudly supporting Red Nose saving little lives.

December 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from 6pm-10pm

Canberra Miniature Railway

https://christmasincanberra.com.au/

Cost: $15 online, $20 at the gate

 

2 - Christmas in the City

Celebrate Christmas in the City with the log cabin in Garema Place hosting a range of free family activities! There’s lots of ongoing events like Santa letter writing, lantern making, theatrical performances, a public art treasure hunt, Christmas choir performances, musical Christmas mash-ups and a visit from the big man in red! A key feature brightening up the city is the kaleidoscopic Christmas tree!

December 7 – 21

Garema Place

www.merryandbrightcbr.com.au

Cost: free

 

1 - Sydney Thunder vs Adelaide Strikers

Expect an electric atmosphere with as the Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers in this pre-Christmas Big Bash League match! Enjoy the stunning Manuka Oval sunset as the Thunder chase a win in front of their ACT fans. The result is expected to come down to the final overs. Air quality is being monitored closely to determine whether the game goes ahead.

Saturday December 21, gates open 4:10pm, game starts 6:10pm

Manuka Oval

www.cricket.com.au

Cost: tickets from $5


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 14 & Sun 15 Dec.

10 – Clean Up Lake Burley Griffin

For the second year in a row, members of the NCA Lake User Group are organising to give Lake Burley Griffin a good clean before the summer months, and they’re encouraging the public to join in! Last year about 100 volunteers by foot, kayak and dragon boat pulled 74 bags of rubbish from the lake in three hours!

Sunday December 15, 9am – 12pm

Lake Burley Griffin

https://www.facebook.com/events/406484366916793/

Cost: free

 

9 - Thoroughbred Park Christmas Party Race Day

What better way to celebrate the festive season than by hitting the race course! Have a drink, enjoy delicious food and watch the local races from the Black Opal Room. Members passes can be purchased for $15. Table bookings are essential.

Sunday December 15

Thoroughbred Park

https://thoroughbredpark.com.au/christmas-party-race-day-3

Cost: free admission

 

8 - Canberra Cavalry vs Sydney Blue Sox

Cheer on the Canberra Cavalry as they take on the Sydney Blue Sox at MIT Ballpark! Our guys are coming off a 3-1 series loss to Auckland last week, so they’ll be keen to get more wins back on the board! The perfect way to spend your sunny weekend with friends!

December 12 - 15

MIT Ballpark

https://www.facebook.com/CanberraCavalry/

 

7 - Subsdance presents: A Nightmare Before Christmas

Subsdance is celebrating the end of the year! With a mix of student showcases, top team performances, instructor sets and professional performers, this event will truly knock your socks off! See dancers perform in a range of styles including Dancehall, Cabaret, Reggaeton, Samba, Afrobeats, Funk, Hip Hop... all with a freaky, spooky, crazy, creepy twist!

Saturday December 14, doors open 7pm, show starts 7:30pm

Hawker College

https://www.facebook.com/events/591184034986035/

Cost: Adult tickets from $30

 

6 - Christmas in Canberra Red Nose Lights

You can experience Canberra's very own Christmas extravaganza with amazing lighting displays and miniature railway rides and live entertainment, culminating in a spectacular light show. Entry includes unlimited train rides, live entertainment on stage, fantastic light displays and for the kids, use of a giant train themed jumping castle/slide and the opportunity to meet Santa in his all new Grotto. Proudly supporting Red Nose saving little lives.

December 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 and 23 from 6pm-10pm

Canberra Miniature Railway

https://christmasincanberra.com.au/
Cost: $15 online, $20 at the gate

5 - Queanbeyan Christmas Street Party

Head along to Crawford Street for Queanbeyan’s 2019 Community Christmas Party! There’ll be live entertainment, rides, mouth-watering street food and a selection of local wines. A great way to celebrate the festive season!

Saturday December 14, 5:30pm – 9pm

Lifestyle Precinct, Crawford St, Queanbeyan

https://www.facebook.com/events/715938282240427/

Cost: free

 

4 - UC Capitals vs Southside Flyers

Join the reigning WNBL champions, the UC Capitals, for Round 9, as they play the Southside Flyers. While our girls are coming off a convincing win against Bendigo, they’ll have their work cut out for them this weekend, with the Southside Flyers current ladder leaders! The Caps would love a strong home crowd to cheer them to victory!

Sunday December 15, doors open 4pm, main game 5pm

National Convention Centre

http://wnbl.basketball/uc-capitals/

Cost: tickets from $10

 

3 – Carols in Town Park

Celebrate the festive season with carols, a visit from Santa, amusement rides, farm animals, jumping castles and face painting. Carols in Town Park is an initiative of The Salvation Army and includes support from the Canberra Community Voices Choir. Entertainment includes performances from national and local performers, Amber Nicols, Lucy Sugerman and Tori Nikias.
Sunday December 15, 4pm – 7:30pm

Tuggeranong Town Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/586682575425650/

Cost: free

 

2 - Cirque Stratosphere

This spectacular new circus will transform Canberra Theatre into a futuristic space-age utopia! Cirque Stratosphere features gravity-defying acts from a troupe of Olympic-standard acrobats and gymnasts that’ll show even the sky isn’t the limit! Audiences will witness thrilling performances and impressive stunts on rollerskates, death-defying acrobatics on a Russian Bar, sky-high contortions in The Aerial Sphere, the Russian Swing to Swing and more.

December 10 – 21

Canberra Theatre Centre

https://canberratheatrecentre.com.au/show/cirque-stratosphere-2019/

Cost: tickets from $79

 

1 - 75th Carols by Candlelight

Head along to Stage 88 for a wonderful evening of community, charity and song, in support of the Anglicare Youth Engagement Programme for Indigenous young people in the Canberra Region. Woden Valley Youth Choir will be accompanied by Canberra City Band, with special guest artists. There may even be a special visit from the jolly man in red! A fun and family-friendly way to celebrate the festive season.

Saturday December 14, 7pm – 9:30pm

Stage 88

https://www.facebook.com/events/416938595917866/

Cost: free


Top 10 Things to do in Canberra Sat 7 and Sun 8 Dec

10 - Indigenous Art Market

Head to the picturesque Acton Peninsula for the AIATSIS Indigenous Art Market. It presents work from a range of contemporary Indigenous artists and art centres from around Australia directly to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. There’ll also be cultural workshops, traditional music, entertainment and food.

Friday December 6, 10am – 8pm and Saturday December 7, 10am – 4pm

AIATSIS, Acton Peninsula

https://aiatsis.gov.au/news-and-events/events/indigenous-art-market-2019

 

9 - Christmas in Moncrieff

Grab your picnic blanket and Santa hat, and head over to the Moncrieff Community Recreation Park for a relaxed afternoon of Christmas festivities. Enjoy the setting summer sun with friends, family and neighbours while Christmas is celebrated, Moncrieff style. There’ll be music, local food vendors, children’s activities and loads of holiday cheer!

Sunday December 8, 5pm – 7pm
Moncrieff Community Recreation Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/2516266485153643/

 

8 – The Addams Family

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.

In cinemas from December 5

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620981/

Cost: Check with your local cinema for ticket prices and session times

 

7 - Yarralumla Does Christmas

Take your own picnic. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. Relax, catch up with friends and listen to music. The kids will have a great time blowing bubbles, getting their faces painted and eating free ice-cream. To help job memories, there’ll be a prize for the best decorated/most ingenious name tag!

Saturday December 7, 5pm – 7:30pm

Weston Park

https://www.yarralumlaresidents.org.au/

Cost: free

 

6 – Handmade Christmas Market

Support Australian designers, find something unique and meet the makers! There’s over 200 stalls with everything from fashion, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, children’s toys and clothing, jewellery and accessories and a whole pavilion dedicated to food & drinks.
Friday December 6 – Sunday December 8

Exhibition Park

https://handmadecanberra.com.au/

Cost: free entry (gold coin donation encouraged)

 

5 – The Rainbow Paws Doggy Christmas Party

All doggos and their humans are invited to the first annual Doggy Christmas party! There’ll be selfies with Santa, doggy show bags, make your own paw print art, bake sale (for people), sausage sizzle, face painting, dog treats and more. Enjoy a fun morning while raising much needed funds for the Rainbow Paws Snip Snip de-sexing program.

Saturday December 7, 10am – 12:30pm

Lawns outside Yarralumla Dog Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/2126746650760394/

Cost: free

 

4 - Ginninderry Open Air Cinema

Head along to Ginninderry’s GX Display Village for a night of relaxed family fun with the screening of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! Enjoy food from some of Canberra’s favourite vendors with FREE mini gelato and popcorn all night. See the display homes in a new light with a special twilight opening of the GX Display Village and then settle in for the movie.

Saturday December 7, 1pm – 8pm

GX Display Village

https://ginninderry.com/event/free-open-air-cinema-featuring-jumanji/

Cost: free

 

3 - Raiders book launch

Get your signed copy of ‘Absolutely Bleeding Green’ by David Headon! It tells the story of the Canberra Raiders and how they became a dominant force in Rugby League. Players, coaches and author David Headon will spread across three Dymocks stores to meet fans and chat about the book!

Saturday December 7, 1pm – 2pm

Dymocks Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Canberra City

https://www.dymocks.com.au/events

Cost: free

 

2 - RMHC Christmas Extravaganza

Enjoy a family fun weekend with lots of food, drinks, shows, rides, games, a Santa visit, showbags and more! All money raised goes to RMHC ACT & South East NSW.

Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8 from 10am

Exhibition Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/592965064778570/

Cost: $50 for a family of 4 or $25 each

1 - Christmas in the City

Celebrate Christmas in the City with the log cabin in Garema Place hosting a range of free family activities! There’ll be cookie decorating, bauble making, free Santa slushies, Santa selfies and a tree pop up shop! There’s also lots of ongoing events like Santa letter writing, lantern making, theatrical performances, a public art treasure hunt, Christmas choir performances, musical Christmas mash-ups and a visit from the big man in red! A key feature brightening up the city is the kaleidoscopic Christmas tree!

December 7 – 21

Garema Place

www.merryandbrightcbr.com.au

Cost: free