10 December 2021

Ten things to do in Canberra this week (10 - 16 December) - UPDATED

| James Coleman
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Mill & Hide, Yass Valley

Wonki Ware pottery on display at Mill & Hide in Yass. Photo: Michelle Rowe.

December is well and truly in full swing.

Christmas favourites will be on the menu at all four Eastlake Football Clubs, complete with brandy custard.

It isn’t too late to get a gift either. Yass will come alive on Thursday (16 December) as Santa rolls in and kicks off their late-night shopping festival. Hall and Haig Park in Braddon will be hosting markets, with stalls stacked high with fresh produce and handcrafted wares. Canberra Potters aren’t missing out on the action with a Christmas Fair at the Watson Arts Centre from Saturday.

There’ll even be a dedicated event for your furry and loyal companion, with a ‘Pooch Picnic in the Park’.

Last but not least, there’ll be laugh-out-loud comedy from those who do it best when the British sitcom Faulty Towers takes to the stage with a live performance at the Mercure in Braddon this weekend.

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EFC Christmas Specials are available at all Eastlake FC venues. Image: Eastlake Football Club.

Eastlake Football Club Christmas Lunch & Dinner Specials

When: Various times, 10 December to 16 December
Where: All Eastlake Football Club venues
Cost: $33 per meal; find out more at Eastlake Football Club.

The chefs at the Eastlake Football Clubs are putting on a beautiful two-course meal this Christmas.

Treacle-glazed ham and roast turkey served with steamed and roasted vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce, and traditional plum pudding served with brandy custard and ice cream.

Available at all three clubs – Eastlake Football Club, Eastlake Calwell and Eastlake Gungahlin – for lunch and dinner.

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Christmas gifts

Grab a unique gift from the Canberra Potters Christmas Fair. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra Potters Christmas Fair

When: 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 11 December to Sunday 19 December
Where: Canberra Potters, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson Arts Centre, Watson
Cost: Free.

Local potters and ceramicists will have a wonderful selection of ceramic art and pottery at the Canberra Potters Christmas Fair, beginning Saturday. Between the fair and the shop, you’re sure to find the perfect gift at the perfect price with the added joy that you’ll be buying from a local maker.

Cast of Faulty Towers

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is coming to Canberra. Photo: Supplied.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

When: 6:30 pm, Saturday 11 December and Sunday 12 December
Mercure Canberra, corner of Ainslie and Limestone Avenue, Braddon
Cost: $99 per person; book here.

Basil, Manuel and Sybil are coming back, and they’re bringing a healthy dose of mayhem to your door. Fully immersive, highly interactive and completely original, this top-flight show where anything can happen and usually does – and with 70 per cent of the show improvised, it’s never the same twice.

It’s two hours of comedy, three courses of food and five-star reviews, so expect a chaotic and funny night out.


Pooch Picnic flyer

A Pooch Picnic is coming to EPIC. Image: Facebook.

A Pooch Affair Christmas – Pooches Picnic

When: 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 11 December
Exhibition Park In Canberra, Mallee Pavilion, Mitchell
Cost: Adults $15 entry, children under 10 free; book online.

Catch up with friends and their fur babies and enjoy a paw-some day out at ‘A Pooch Affair Pooches Picnic’ this Saturday. Relax to the all-day live music on the greens of Drovers Square, grab a photo or delight in some shopping at the ‘Xmas Doggie Markets’. Animal Rescue, Community Pet Services and Dog Obedience Clubs will be on site, and there will be a ‘Best Dressed Competition’ at 11 am – the theme is ‘Aussie Bush Xmas’.

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Hall Village Christmas Fair on 11 December 2021. Image: Hall Village Christmas Fair.

Hall Village Christmas Fair

When: 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday 11 December
Where: 19 Palmer Street, Hall
Cost: Free entry.

This not-for-profit event was conceived and created to support small businesses, artisans and entertainers impacted by the recent lockdown.

The fair will feature over 60 artisan vendors, food stalls (including the Men’s Shed outdoor woodfired pizza oven), live entertainment, a special visit from Santa at noon, fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale on site, a wood chop competition and demonstration, and Hall Collectors Club classic cars.


Start your New Year’s resolution early with some beginner pilates. Photo: Lucas Studios Reformer Pilates.

Lucas Studios Beginner Reformer Pilates

When: Various times, 11 December
Where: Lucas Studios Canberra, 2/173 Flemington Road, Mitchell
Cost: Free; register online.

This December, Lucas Studios is very excited to welcome anyone and everyone to come and try out a beginner reformer pilates class for free. The team at Lucas Studios are experienced coaches, and they’re thrilled to be able to offer beginner classes to those who would love to try it out.

Graphic EQ Cafe and Lounge

EQ Café and Lounge, Jazz Night. Image: EQ Café, Facebook.

EQ Café & Lounge Jazz Night

When: 6:30 to 10 pm, Saturday 11 December
EQ Café & Lounge
Cost: $60 adults, children under 12 are free; book on 6161 1666 or email eqcafe@eqcafe.com.au.

You don’t need to know your Miles from your Mingus, or your Brubecks from your Berigans or your Basies to enjoy a night of jazz at EQ.

Whether it’s family night, date night or ladies night, this wonderful line-up of artists will not only entertain and delight, but also expand your musical horizon.


Haig Park Village Markets

Canberra’s newest markets have been a hit with locals. Photo: Haig Park Village Markets

Picnics in the Park with Canberra Symphony Orchestra Ensembles

When: 12 to 2 pm, Sunday 12 December
Where: Haig Park, Braddon
Cost: Free; register for your picnic blanket at Eventbrite.

Get your friends and family together, and head over to Haig Park as a series of Canberra Symphony Orchestra ensemble performances fill the air. There will be picnic blankets available, just BYO picnic or purchase your delicious spread from the Haig Park Village markets.

This is a free event, but registrations are essential to book a picnic blanket.

The UC Capitals in action

The UC Capitals play at home in the second game of the grand final series. Photo: UC Capitals.

UC Capitals v Sydney Uni Flames – CANCELLED

When: 5 pm, Sunday 12 December
Where: Royal Theatre, National Convention Centre
Cost: $15 to $65 plus service fee; buy tickets at Ticketek.

UPDATED 9 am, 10 December: The WNBL has announced that the scheduled game between the UC Capitals and the Sydney Flames on Sunday, 12 December, has been cancelled due to a positive COVID-19 case.

A member of the UC Caps club (who has since tested positive) attended a full team training session on Tuesday morning. Under ACT Government Health rules, all players and coaches in attendance are deemed close contacts and have been tested and are currently undergoing a seven-day isolation period.

The WNBL will work with both teams to reschedule the game to a later date in the season.



Late night shopping in Yass. Photo: Camilla Duffy Photography.

Yass Valley Late Night Shopping

When: 6 pm, Thursday 16 December
Where: Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry.

This is more than late-night shopping. The Yass Valley community is coming together to prepare for Christmas and thank the frontline workers with Late Night Shopping. There will also be markets set up, so you can browse and buy from other local vendors.

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