6 July 2022

What's on in Canberra this winter

| Evelyn Karatzas
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Get ready for plenty of fun festivities this July in Canberra. Photos: Xmas in July.

Are you looking for some fun things to do with your family and friends this winter around Canberra? Then look no further. We’ve put together a list of all the cool-est events taking place in July.

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Winter in the City returns in 2022. Photo: City Renewal Authority.

Winter in the City

When: Friday 1 July to Sunday 17 July, Sunday to Thursday, 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Civic Square – 180 London Circuit, Canberra
Cost: Tickets are from $15 and can be purchased here.

Get ready to skate into the city this winter in Canberra as Civic Square transforms into an open-air ice rink for all to enjoy.

Running from Friday, 1 July, to Sunday, 17 July, the annual Winter in the City event returns with unique experiences, exhibitions, pop-up bars and cosy spaces that capture the essence of winter.

Drinks in lightbulb glasses

There will be special adult and kids drinks available at the Glow Bar at Questacon’s Mid-Winter Nights. Photo: Questacon.

Questacon’s Mid-Winter Nights

When: Wednesday 6 July to Saturday 9 July, 5: 30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Questacon – National Science and Technology Centre, King Edward Terrace, Parkes
Cost: Tickets are from $18.90 and can be purchased here.

Returning for the first time since 2019, Questacon’s action-packed Mid-Winter Nights event combines science, live entertainment, liquid nitrogen ice cream and more. It lands in the capital from Wednesday, 6 July to Saturday, 9 July.

Explore the galleries in exclusive sessions from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Then venture outside to the glowing food court and warm up with a hot chocolate or embrace the cooler winter weather with a snow cone.

Santa and a female elf

The countdown to Christmas in July is on in Queanbeyan. Photo: QPRC.

Christmas in July Markets

When: Saturday 9 July, 10 am to 3 pm
Where: Queanbeyan Showground, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan
Cost: Free entry.

A special showcase of all things Christmas is rocking around Queanbeyan this July.

On Saturday, the Christmas in July Markets will be taking over Queanbeyan Showground from 10 am to 3 pm to bring you all your festive favourites in one place.

Come and enjoy a Christmas feast at the Southern Cross Club. Photo: Yuriy Kovtun.

Xmas in July Feast

When: Friday 15 July, from 6 pm
Where: Canberra Southern Cross Club, Jamison, corner of Catchpole and Bowman St, Macquarie
Cost: Tickets are $36 for children 12 and under, and $74 for adults and can be purchased here.

The Canberra Southern Cross Club in Jamison is celebrating Christmas in winter with a special festive buffet of traditional Christmas dishes, including roast ham, turkey, seafood and Christmas pudding for dessert.

There will be a display of cold foods, a salad bar, seafood, a traditional Christmas roast carvery and plenty of Christmas desserts featuring gingerbread houses, yule logs and Christmas puddings.

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There’s seven hours of fun to be had at the Winter Carnival. Photo: Canberra’s Winter Carnival 2022, Facebook.

Canberra’s Winter Carnival

When: Saturday 23 July to Sunday 24 July, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: ACTON Arena, EPIC Showground Corner of Flemington Road and Northbourne Avenue, Mitchell
Cost: Free entry.

On Saturday, 23 July, and Sunday, 24 July, come along to Canberra’s Winter Carnival for seven hours of fun for the whole family. This free-entry event will feature plenty of artificial snow, merchandise stalls, show bags, amusement rides, pony rides, face painting, jumping castles and more to enjoy.

Haig Park Village Markets

There’s a Winter Wonderland coming to Haig Park this winter. Photo: Haig Park Village Markets.

Winter Wonderland at the Haig Park Village Markets

When: Sunday 24 July and Sunday 31 July, 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Haig Park Village Markets, Braddon, ACT
Cost: Free entry

Haig Park Village Markets are warming Braddon up this winter with two weekends’ worth of toasty winter Wonderland-themed market days.

There will be fire pits, live music, mulled wine gardens, live entertainment, winter-themed market stalls, a magician, snowflake and snowman making activities, face painting for kids and much more on offer.

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