26 December 2020

Ten things to do in Canberra (25 - 31 December)

| Sharon Kelley
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Canberra Cavs

The Canberra Cavs will take on the Melbourne Aces on Saturday. Photo: Brett Fewson.

The season opens for the Canberra Cavs this week, and the Big Bash League is on at Manuka Oval on Boxing Day. Raise some money for charity and join Charity and Wine at Haig Park and book yourself a movie or two. From all at Region Media, take care, have a happy Christmas, and a safe New Year!

Have a great week Canberra!

All weekend

Canberra Railway Museum

When: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sundays until 31 January, and daily between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day
Where: 2 Geijera Place, Kingston
Cost: $6 for adults and $4 for concessions and children (3rd and subsequent children enter for free).

The Canberra Railway Museum has displays of historic steam and diesel locomotives, Tin Hare rail motors, passenger cars and rail memorabilia. It is the home to 140-year-old steam locomotive 1210 which brought the first train into Canberra in 1914.

The Museum contains an array of locomotives, rail motors, passenger carriages, and freight wagons along with more than 200 railway-related artefacts and memorabilia.


Big Bash League

Don’t miss the big match at Manuka Oval! Photo: Supplied.

Big Bash League – Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval

When: Boxing Day, 26 December, 6:10 pm
Where: Manuka Oval, Manuka Circuit
Cost: Kids from $5, adults from $20, book online at Ticketek by 11:59 pm on Friday 25 December.

The Sydney Thunder return to Manuka Oval in BBL|10 for another entertaining night of T20 KFC Big Bash League Cricket. Be sure to purchase your tickets now to secure your seats to enjoy the Thunder and their massive hits, classic catches, and a summer night of Cricket.

Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance! Ticket sales end at 11:59 pm on Friday 25 December. This time gap allows the venue to verify all ticket purchasers to ensure the safety of everyone attending the event.

Canberra Cavalry v Melbourne Aces

When: Saturday 26 December and Sunday 27 December, first pitch at 7:00 pm
Where: MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah
Tickets: On sale soon, keep an eye on the Canberra Cavalry website.

Get behind your Cavs for their first home game of the season as they go head-to-head with the Melbourne Aces. As the first game at MIT Ballpark for the 2020/2021 season, it’s expected to be a big one.

Grab your mates, don your favourite orange jersey and cheer ‘GO CAVS GO’!


Wine in the Park

Charity and Wine in the Park is on this weekend from 12 pm to 5:30 pm. Photo: Shae Estella Photography.

Charity and Wine in the Park

Where: Haig Park, Braddon
When: Saturday 19 December, Sunday 20 December and Saturday 26 December, Sunday 27 December, from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Cost: Free (drinks not included).

Unwind from the crazy year that’s been with Charity and Wine in the Park. This event is an opportunity for the Canberra community to engage, chat and relax over a glass of wine with live music!

All profits will be donated to the Domestic Violence Crisis Service, which has been providing emergency and long-term support, advice, domestic violence resources, and services to the Canberra community for over 30 years.


Family orienteering

When: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday 28 December until Saturday 30 January
Where: National Arboretum, Forest Drive, Canberra
Cost: $5 per family, no bookings required

Active kids? Pick up your map and clue sheet from the Village Centre and head out into the forests and gardens on a letter search to discover which rare bird is nesting at the National Arboretum.


Canberra Cavs v Sydney Blue Sox

Where: MIT Ballpark, Narrabundah
When: Tuesday 29 December and Thursday 31 December, first pitch 7:00 pm
Tickets: Keep an eye on the Canberra Cavalry website for more details

Get ready to support your Cavs as they take on the Sydney Blue Sox this December! Plus, with a massive New Year’s Eve game planned, where else would you rather be?


The Greatest Showman

Head to the Sunset Cinema to see The Greatest Showman. Image: Supplied.

The Greatest Showman at Sunset Cinema

When: 6:30 pm, Wednesday 30 December
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens
Cost: $20 for adults, $17 for concessions, $14 for children 12 years and under all bookings online.

Watch The Greatest Showman, the chronicle of P T Barnum as he becomes a worldwide sensation in show business. His imagination and innovative ideas take him to the top of his game.

Food truck and snack bar available onsite, Sunset Cinema is a cashless event, or pack a picnic and BYO food and soft drink/water. No BYO alcohol, Sunset Cinema is a licensed event. Experience this film outdoors, under the stars. Bean bags, popcorn and snacks, your complete cinema experience is bringing you summer bliss.


Music in the vines

Say goodbye to 2020 with music in the vines at Contentious Character. Photo: Supplied.

New Year’s Eve Music in the Vines

When: 7:00 pm, 31 December
Where: Contentious Character Winery, 810 Norton Road, Wamboin
Cost: from $35 to $180 per person, bookings essential.

Join Contentious Character Winery from 6:30 pm as the Guitar Cases take to the stage until midnight when they’ll ring in 2021.

There are three experiences available, inside dining $140, deck and courtyard dining $140, or lawn dining $105.

Children welcome with their own menus available and pets are highly encouraged (our own doggos will be present).

New Year’s Eve by the Lake with Walt and Burley

When: 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Thursday 31 December
Where: Walt & Burley, 17-21 Eastlake Parade, Kingston Foreshore
Cost: $70 per person, add your drinks package from $30 per person. Bookings online or phone 6239 6648.

Bring in the New Year with Walt & Burley! Enjoy live music, a vibrant New Year’s Eve feast, and a selection of local beverages and cocktails to take you into the new year.

NYE celebration

Palace Electric will be holding a special preview of Penguin Bloom on NYE. Image: Supplied.

Penguin Bloom, a New Year’s Eve Celebratory Event at Palace Electric

When: 6:30 pm on 31 December
Where: Palace Electric Cinema, Nishi Precinct, New Acton
Cost: $30 per person – $25 for Movie Club members.

Get ready to say farewell to 2020! Palace Cinemas invites you to a special New Year’s Eve Screening Event for the highly anticipated Australian feel-good drama, Penguin Bloom (PG), ahead of its January 21 release.

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