Christmas has come to Canberra early! Civic will host themed markets over three nights, visits from an Auslan-fluent Santa and an expo organised by Woden Community Service to give people a helping hand this festive season.
This coming week will also see the Canberra Symphony Orchestra performing over two nights, an open day for CIT across three campuses, a show by Paul McDermott (and a collaborator), and a walk to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. But if movies are more your thing, both the Iranian Film Festival and the Sunset Cinema are returning, so bring the popcorn and relax after a long week of work or school while watching some great films!
When: 17 November, 5 pm to 9 pm; 18 November and 19 November, 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: City Centre, Canberra
Cost: Free entry, purchases available from stallholders.
A meet-and-greet with Father Christmas, sweet treats and festive music are coming to Civic over three nights. Let this be your reminder – Christmas is fast approaching and it’s never too soon to start the shopping. If this is your situation, there will be plenty of artisan and handmade market stalls you can browse for inspiration (and maybe do some gift-buying).
When: 22 November and 23 November, from 7:30 pm (both days, with doors opening at 7 pm)
Where: Llewellyn Hall, ANU School of Music, Australian National University campus, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $17 and $109 and are available via the Orchestra’s website.
In the latest concert from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the public is invited to listen to pieces about the natural world, love and the landscapes around us. Jessica Cottis will serve as conductor and Eleanor Lyons as soprano alongside the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
When: 17 November to 19 November, various times
Where: Arc Cinema, at the National Film and South Archive of Australia, McCoy Circuit, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost from $15 (multi-film passes available) from the NFSA.
Returning for its 11th year, the Iranian film festival features some of the standouts of Iranian cinema. In 2023, the program includes Australian premieres and returns of award-winning films from some of Iran’s best filmmakers, actors and directors. Touching on themes of creativity, intellectual freedom and connection – it brings stories we can all relate to.
When: from 23 November 2023 to 25 February 2024 (Wednesdays to Saturdays), 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Acton
Cost: Tickets cost between $13 and $23, available from Sunset Cinema.
If you haven’t seen Barbie yet (or want to see it again), dig something pink from your wardrobe and head to the Botanic Gardens for the first film in Sunset Cinema’s next line-up. Returning for its 11th season, the Sunset Cinema sees new releases and old favourites shown in the Australian National Botanic Gardens – with family-friendly films, comedies, superhero movies and comedies on the schedule this season, pop the popcorn and settle in on your beanbag of choice!
When: 17 November, 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: CIT Reid, 37 Constitution Avenue, Reid; CIT Bruce, 35 Vowels Crescent, Bruce; and CIT Fyshwick, 81 Mildura Street, Fyshwick
Cost: Free entry; registration is essential.
If you’re looking to make a change in 2024, this might be something to check out. CIT campuses in Reid, Bruce and Fyshwick will be open for the public to tour the facilities, learn about their offerings and chat with staff. The courses and activities are divided between the campuses, so check out the program and start planning your afternoon. CIT Tuggeranong and CIT Gungahlin will remain open on 17 November for business as usual.
When: 17 November, from 8 pm
Where: Playhouse Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square, London Cct, Canberra
Cost: Tickets cost $39.50 (concession holders) or $45 (standard tickets) and are available from the Canberra Theatre.
Paul McDermott is back – but he’s not alone. This show will be his third collaboration with his music director, Glenn Moorhouse. The Playhouse Theatre will be home to a discussion on the rise of women, the fall of the British and American empires and more.
When: 18 November, 10 am to 2 pm (Westfield Woden) and 2 pm to 4 pm (Westfield Belconnen)
Where: Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Phillip; Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way, Belconnen
Cost: Cost depends on photos chosen for purchase, though online bookings via Westfield’s website are essential.
Get into the Christmas spirit with these inclusive Santa sessions! Deaf and hard-of-hearing children will be able to sign their wish list to Santa at two Westfield locations. The initiative was launched last year in several states and is now in the ACT to make sure no child misses out on a visit to Father Christmas.
When: 19 November, from 9:30 am
Where: Starts at The Jetty, Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Entry costs $25 (for over 18s) or $10 (aged five to 18 years) with registration online.
The first Put Your Foot Down walk for the ACT will be held this weekend. Organised to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer, it involves a 5 km walk (yes, dogs are invited), and attendees are invited to wear purple. The walk will raise money for research, with the goal of tripling the survival rate of those with the cancer by 2030.
When: 20 November, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Woden Community Hub (above CBA), Westfield Woden, Keltie Street, Phillip
Cost: Free entry.
Many of us are looking at our budgets with increasing worry, so Woden Community Service has organised a range of events to give a helping hand. The first one is this expo! A range of businesses and organisations will be there with information on available support services and what businesses offer to those needing some financial support. There will also be a Christmas wrapping paper station and lucky door prizes.