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Published June 7th 2017
Celebrate with mulled wine, eggnog, turkey & pudding
Christmas in July is a magical time of year, when we can celebrate all the best parts of Christmas - 6 months early! Why restrict all the fun to once a year, when you can enjoy it twice - without the end-of-year craziness, summer heat and cooking in a hot kitchen. This July there are 10 events around the Capital which are getting into the festive spirit, some even have a fireplace to sit by with an eggnogg, mulled wine or pinot. Unpack your Santa hat, gather some friends and celebrate Christmas in July - just make sure you leave room for Christmas pud!
Christmas in July decorations at Bredbo Christmas Barn
1/ Bredbo Christmas Barn is once again open for the second half of the year, selling their Christmas decorations ready for Christmas in July celebrations. This popular store is located 1 hour south of Canberra, in the small town of Bredbo (see here for a map). Walk into a Christmas wonderland with an astounding array of coloured Christmas decorations to fit in with any colour scheme - perfect for any Christmas in July celebration at home. See their website and Facebook for more details. For a full article on Bredbo Christmas Barn, see here.
2/ Christmas in July at George Harcourt Inn in Gold Creek Village includes a 3 course meal for groups of 10 of more, at their English-style pub. Gather the family or a group of friends and enjoy some eggnog or mulled wine by the fireplace before tucking into traditional fare - with a twist (see menu below). Cost is $49 per person. See here for details.
3/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be hosting a Christmas in July Dinner Cruise with all the trimmings. Receive a glass of mulled wine on arrival and then sit inside and enjoy a festive menu which includes turkey and Christmas pudding. Tickets are available from the Canberra Southern Cross Cruises website for $84 per adult and $30 per child. See here for details.
Saturday, 22nd July
4/ Christmas in July Winter Wonderland will be held at Hotel Kurrajong in Barton with canapés, a three-course dinner, drinks and live entertainment. Enjoy the festive atmosphere in this cosy, historical hotel which has seen Prime Ministers walk its halls. Tickets cost $145 per person - if you have a large group ask for a special group price. See here for details.
5/ Contentious Character Winery in Wamboin (30 minutes north east of the CBD) will be hosting a Christmas in July evening with food and wine matching. Sit by the fire and enjoy Christmas carols whilst eating traditional Christmas fare. The cost is $80 - $105 per adult and $50 for under 12's. See here for details.
Get cosy by the fireplace with a pinot at Contentious Character. Source: Contentious Character Facebook
6/ Latin Winter Wonderland is a night of dancing and winter celebration to raise money for local charities. Held at Albert Hall, there will be two rooms of social dancing, performances by local dance company Bom Funk with groups High Kix Cabaret and Tap Kix, as well as performers from Salsabor dance studio. Albert Hall will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with carollers, Christmas trees and fairy lights. The dress code is "festive". All funds raised will go to Wetlands Latham Snipe Project at Jerrabomberra Wetlands and community programs by Rotary. Tickets cost $35 for adults and $20 for under 18's - see here for details and book through Eventbrite.
7/ DeafACT & Canberra Deaf Club - Trivia Night Fundraiser: Xmas in July will be held at the Canberra Labor Club, with a 3 course meal, prizes, games and a surprise guest. Cost is $55 adults, $20 children. See here for details.
Sunday, 30th July
8/ 6500 Santa Speedo Shuffle is a festive Christmas in July event to raise money and awareness for local families living with Cystic Fibrosis. Now in its 6th year, they are hoping to sign up at least 200 supporters to strip down to their Speedo's, don a Santa hat and shuffle for 65 mins around the Central Loop of Lake Burley Griffin. If getting down to your Speedo's sounds too cold, then why not join the Family Fun Run and get dressed up in a festive outfit and walk or run alongside the Speedo Shufflers. Registrations for the Family Fun Run cost $35 for adults, $15 for kids under 12 (under 5's free). See here for details.
9/ Canberra Southern Cross Cruises will be hosting a Christmas in July Lunch Cruise around lake Burley Griffin, seeing the sights while enjoying traditional Christmas fare. The menu includes mulled wine, turkey and Christmas pudding (the same menu as the dinner cruise on 8th July). Tickets are available from the Canberra Southern Cross Cruises website for $84 per adult and $30 per child. See here for details.
10/ Queanbeyan Christmas in July Markets will be held at Queanbeyan Showgrounds, just 20 minutes east of Canberra. This popular market will have gourmet Christmas treats, handmade Christmas gifts, mulled wine, street food and free entertainment and activities. Make sure you take your pup for cute Santa pet photos. See details below. Free entry. See here for details.
Have a Merry Christmas (in July)!
Source: Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council website