A very Canberra Christmas – a roundup of the best ways to spend your holiday break

Posted 18 Dec 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

The holiday season is here—how are you going to spend your time off? Here’s a summary of activities and fun ideas, so gather up the family and friends and check out the best ways to celebrate in the capital.

Light it up!

Across the city, locals—even united suburbs—dedicate December to all things Christmas by covering their houses and front yards in sparkling lights for everyone to enjoy. Arguably Canberra’s favourite Christmas tradition (and its growing every year) this list will help you map out your night to discover a light show to remember.

Sing the night away

Want to show your Christmas spirit through the power of singing? Join one of the many carols taking place this December. Pack a picnic and warm up those vocal chords, because Canberra is spoilt for choice in the carol domain. From family-friendly events, to those you can get your pooch involved in, there’s something for everyone.

Tis’ the season to be jolly

Canberra is sweltering its way to the big day, which means it’s the perfect time to cool down with a refreshing beverage. Whether you’re looking to impress party guests, or just want to revel in the holiday festivities, try out one (or all!) of Canberra’s 12 cocktails of Christmas.

Take the stress out of Christmas lunch

Leave the dishes to someone else this year. You may be keen to go all out with a five star feast, or prefer something a bit more low key, whatever your style there are a variety of restaurants around the city hosting lunch this Christmas, so all you need to worry about are the presents.

Tune out in front of the big screen

If you’re in need of some serious relaxation time after the big day head out to the cinema and catch the latest flick. With Oscar season nearing, Hollywood have some big films out for summer, including the new Star Wars–The Last Jedi, as well as Pixar’s latest animated film, Coco.

Room for more food?

Canberra has some seriously good restaurants, so before the year ends try to tick off 2017’s top restaurants. With options catering to any cuisine, this list is sure to tantalise your tastebuds.

Ring in the New Year with a bang

As the festivities turn to welcoming 2018, the city is hosting a range of celebrations to ring in the New Year. From family-friendly concerts and midnight fireworks, to venues that will party the night away, Canberra is ready to revel on New Year’s Eve.

Get cultured

Featuring attractions to suit all ages, the capital’s national institutions are set to shine this summer with a stellar line up of blockbuster exhibitions. Ranging from sculpture to painting and immersive installations, there’s no better way to escape the summer heat.

Kick start the school holiday fun

It’s still only early days, but get ahead on your school holiday planning and check out the range of activities on offer around the city. With options to suit any age, interest or weather condition, this kid-friendly holiday guide will be sure to keep the boredom at bay.

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