Christmas is on its way! If you want to get in the Christmas spirit and shop at a Christmas market, visit a festive event or sing along at the local Christmas Carols, then keep reading for events near you. These are just some of the events advertised, so ensure you check back with Canberra Weekendnotes for more events as they are advertised.
Grab your diary - you are going to want to make note of some of these dates!
Santa Photos will be held in venues all across the city - see here for locations.
French Christmas Market, hosted by Alliance Franšaise de Canberra, will be held in Turner between 10am - 4pm. Go Christmas shopping and enjoy French food, drinks, deli produce and handmade products at this popular annual market. Details.
Handel's Messiah will be held at Llewellyn Hall at ANU at 6:45pm, with the beautiful voices of The Canberra Choral Society. Tickets cost $20 - $58 per person. Details.
Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar will be held at Albert Hall in Yarralumla, between 11am - 4pm. Shop for traditional gifts and enjoy the cultural activities on the day. Details.
Lah Lah's Stripy Christmas children's show will be held at Albert Hall, starting at 10am. Celebrate Christmas with Lah Lah! Details.
A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas will be held at the Canberra Theatre Centre for one night only at 7:30pm. Details.
Christmas Picnic in the Park is a free family event which will be held at Heritage Park in Forde between 4pm - 7pm. Details.
Haig Park Paw Party: Christmas Edition is a Christmas party for dogs at Haigh Park in Braddon! See Santa and enjoy a morning with your pooch between 10am - 1pm. Details.
Pasko sa Canberra is a Filipino Christmas celebration at the Embassy of Philipines, between 10am - 4pm. Enjoy Filipino food, entertainment, games for the kids, raffles, a lantern-making competition and a whole lot more. Details.
ABBA Choir Christmas Fundraiser is an event to raise money for Dainere's Rainbow, which is a charity that raises money and awareness for paediatric brain tumour research. If you love ABBA, then sing along to all your favourite ABBA songs and Christmas Carols in Gungahlin, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost $10, including a light supper. Details.
Christmas at the Opera will be held at St Philip's Anglican Church in O'Connor, starting from 7pm. Tickets cost $20 - $35 per person. Details.
Tongs n Songs Christmas carols and activities will be held at The Anglican School Googong between 5:30pm - 8pm. Details.
6th - 8th December
Handmade Christmas Market will be held at the EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra). This huge market is one of the most popular events of the Christmas season. Support local artisans and enjoy browsing a wide range of stalls. Details.
Canberra Chorus will be singing Christmas Carols at Westfield Belconnen at various dates between 6th - 23rd December, at 7:30pm. Details.
The Bungendore Community Christmas Party will be held along Majara Street with live entertainment, delicious food, free family activities, traditional carols, speciality acts and a visit from Santa. This event will be held between 5pm - 8pm. Details.
Christmas Fayre is a Christmas market and fair organised by All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie, between 9am - 1:30pm. Shop for locally-made goods and ensure you stop for a Devonshire tea! Details.
Crace Christmas Carnival will be held at Crace Recreation Park between 4pm - 8pm, with live music, market stalls, food, rides, performances, and more! Details.
Lanyon Christmas Carols & Picnic will be held on the lawns of the historic Lanyon Homestead, with gates opening at 5pm. Entry fee applies. Details.
Holy Spirit Parish Christmas Fete will be held at Amaroo 2 Oval between 4pm - 8pm. Details.
Molonglo Valley Community Carols will be held at Charles Weston School in Coombs, between 6pm - 8pm. Details.
The Christmas Market will be held at the EPIC, between 9am - 3pm. Shop for everything Christmassy - all under the one roof! Details.
Country Christmas Markets will be held at Gunning, between 9am - 2pm. There will be some specialty stalls for Christmas, as well as jams, honey, arts & crafts, children's toys and books available in and around the historic Courthouse. Details.
The High Court of Australia will be hosting their annual Christmas concert at 1:30pm. This event is free, but tickets are required. Details.
Pearce Carols by Candlelight will be held at 7pm at Pearce shops. Enjoy the melodic tunes of the Gospel Folk Choir. Details.
Canberra Marists Community Carols will be held at Marist College Canberra in Pearce, starting from 6:30pm. Details.
Christmas With Luminescence is a special performance from the Luminescence Chamber Singers and Children's Choir at All Saints Anglican Church, in Ainslie. The shows will begin at 7pm. Details.
75th Carols by Candlelight will be held on Stage 88 at Commonwealth Park, with the carols starting at 7pm. This is a popular event each year, so get there early to grab your picnic spot! Details.
Queanbeyan Christmas Street Party will be held on Crawford Street between 5:30pm - 9pm. Details.
14th & 15th December
Christmas Kids Weekend will be held at the Old Bus Depot Markets between 10am - 4pm, with market stalls, a jumping castle, a festive elf show and plenty of other entertainment. Details.
14th - 23rd December
Christmas in Canberra will be held at the Canberra Miniature Railway in Symonston on select dates between 14th - 23rd December. Kids will enjoy unlimited rides on the miniature trains, a bouncy castle and meeting Santa. There will also be live music, market stalls, a spectacular light show and much more. Everything is included in the entry price of $15 per person (online price/ $20 on the gate). Details.
Image: Original images from Christmas in Canberra website
Carols in Town Park will be held at Tuggeranong Park, with rides, carols and family fun! Details.
Community Christmas Celebration will be held at Woden Valley Alliance church, between 5:30pm - 8pm. There will be a free BBQ, jumping castle, face painting, glitter tattoos, reptile zoo and Christmas Carols. Details.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at St Johns Anglican Church in the city with Advent hymns, carols and nine readings from the Bible. It will be held between 6pm - 7pm. Details. Googong Christmas Carols will be held at Beltana Park between 6pm - 8pm, with Canberra Brass Band, The Jerrabomberra Creek Rural Fire Service, Santa and food vendors on the night. Details.
Queanbeyan Christmas Carols will be held at Queanbeyan Park, starting from 6pm. Pack a picnic and enjoy the carols with the local community. Details.
Christmas Belles is an annual dinner celebration at the National Arboretum, hosted by Ginger Catering. The el fresco dinner will be held at the Discovery Garden, with canapes starting from 6pm. The cost is $100 per person. Details.
Christmas Carol Ball, organised by Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy, will be held at Canberra Baptist Church Hall in Kingston, between 4pm - 9.30pm. Tickets cost $25 at the door/ $20 online. Details.
21st & 22nd December
Super Christmas Weekend is the last weekend of Christmas shopping at the Old Bus Depot Markets. Buy designer goods, plants, kid's toys and everything you will ever need, all under the one roof on the Kingston Foreshore! Shop between 10am - 4pm. Details.