22 December 2022

Things to do in Canberra this week (23 - 29 December)

| Evelyn Karatzas
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North Pole Lane

Come and explore North Pole Lane this Christmas Eve. Photo: South.Point Tuggeranong.

The big day is almost here, so you’ve probably got your Christmas Day sorted. But what about the rest of the week?

Don’t worry, there’s still a lot happening in the capital to keep you busy (especially if you’ve left things to the last minute).

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol

When: Friday 23 December, 2 pm and 7 pm; Saturday 24 December, 10:30 am and 2 pm
Where: Canberra Theatre Centre, Civic Square London Circuit
Cost: From $76, book here.

The award-winning stage spectacle is set to premiere at Canberra Theatre Centre. Full to the brim with song, humour, love and lashings of festive joy, A Christmas Carol is a magical, grand-in-scale production perfect for the entire family.

It’s Christmas Eve and deeply entrenched in his own misery, Ebenezer Scrooge receives a visit from four ghosts. They’ll whisk him away on a journey through Christmases past, present and future on a search for redemption before it’s too late.

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Not your average Christmas movie. Photo: Sunset Cinema.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

When: Friday 23 December, 6:30 pm
Where: Sunset Cinema, Eucalypt Law, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Cost: Tickets from $10, and can be purchased here.

Come along to the Sunset Cinema this Friday evening for a movie under the stars. Screening as the sun goes down is Tim Burton’s classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. It tells the story of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown’s beloved pumpkin king, who has become bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the “real world.”

When Jack accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, all bright colours and warm spirits, he gets a new lease on life – he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers that even the best-laid plans of mice and skeletons can go awry.

People in Santa hats

Come and grab a leg of ham at the Capital Region Farmers Market. Capital Region Farmers Market, Canberra, Facebook.

Christmas Markets

This Saturday is your last day to stock up on all things fresh and home-grown just in time for Christmas.

Whether you live on the north side or the south side, we’ve got a market for you where you can grab fresh and delicious produce and products, including fresh seafood from the South Coast, hams, poultry, and smallgoods, fresh vegetables, cherries and stone fruit and Christmas baked goods including fruit mince tarts and Christmas puddings.

Fyshwick markets

Come and grab some fresh seafood for Christmas at the Fyshwick Markets. Photo: Fywshick Fresh Food Markets.

Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets:

Saturday 24 December, 5 am to 5:30 pm at 36 Mildura Street, Fyshwick.

Capital Region Farmers Market:

Saturday 24 December, 7 am to 11: 30 am at Exhibition Park, Canberra.

santa at the markets

Get a photo with Santa at the Little Burley Christmas Market this Saturday. Photo: Little Burley Market.

The Little Burley Christmas Market

When: Saturday 24 December, 9 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Free.

If you’re near the lake this Christmas Eve, take some time to visit the festive and fun Little Burley Christmas Market.

Expect lots of non-stop entertainment, visits from Santa, craft-making activities plus plenty of hand-made and locally sourced gifts to treat your elf and loved ones this Christmas.

North Pole Lane

Come and visit Santa at North Pole Lane on his last day in Tuggeranong. Photo: South.Point Tuggeranong, Facebook.

North Pole Lane Christmas Eve

When: Saturday 24 December, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: South.Point Tuggeranong, Greenway
Cost: Tickets are $25 pp, and can be purchased here.

If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, then look no further than North Pole Lane in Tuggeranong. It’s a walk-through display where you can walk through a snowy forest, visit Santa and all his friends and grab some photos with them too. There will also be life-size reindeer being fed and an opportunity for kids to write a letter to Santa.

Monica Moore

Monica is performing a three-hour show this Saturday. Photo: Monica Moore, Facebook.

Monica Moore – The Canberra Wine House

When: Saturday 24 December, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: 2 Badham Street, Dickson
Cost: Free.

Taking place this Christmas Eve is a special free live performance by the First Nations singer/songwriter Monica Moore. She will bring her blues tunes to The Canberra Wine House while showcasing original tracks from her EP.

This is the perfect opportunity for you to grab a glass of wine, enjoy some food and listen to some great music.

Bella Groove

Bella Groove is performing a free show at the National Portrait Gallery. Photo: Bella Groove, Facebook.

DRAWN IN with Bella Groove

When: Wednesday 28 December, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Free.

The Canberra jazz band Bella Groove is performing next Wednesday at the National Portrait Gallery and you’re invited.

Make it a fun day out, explore some great displays and exhibits and listen to an assortment of jazz and blues from Elise Walsh on vocals and flute and Matt Lustri on guitar and vocals.

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