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Christmas Markets, Festivals and Events in Canberra 2017

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by Sue W (subscribe)
New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published November 13th 2017
20 festive events to celebrate the Christmas season
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Handmade gifts at Old Bus Depot Markets - open every Saturday and Sunday leading up to Christmas. Image: Old Bus Depot Markets website


Are you wondering what's on this Christmas around the Capital? The following list has 20 Christmas markets, festivals and events to mark on your calendar for the month ahead! For the latest events, also check back with us at Canberra Weekendnotes and look up carols in the article Christmas Carols in Canberra, 2017.

Let's great straight into the action...


Friday, 1st December
Eco-Elves Night Market will be held at the Canberra Environment Centre in Acton, between 5pm - 9pm. Shop at the markets for local, handmade, eco-friendly, fair-trade and up-cycled gifts. See here for details.

Christmas Carnival in the City will be held over 3 huge days between 1st - 3rd December, in Garema Place and City Walk. There will be carnival rides, food stalls, live music, Christmas lights and a whole lot of fun! This will be the last event for Canberra In The City. See here for details.

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Christmas Carnival in the City. Image: In the City Facebook


Saturday, 2nd December
A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas will be held at Llewellyn Hall at 7:30pm, with tickets costing $44.90. This 2 hour show will feature some of the best acts from the 2018 Comedy Festival line-up. See here for details.

Christmas Kids at Old Bus Depot Markets is a special day for kids with a petting zoo, a cheeky elf performing a show, pony and donkey rides, jumping castle and much more. The Old Bus Depot Markets will be open each Saturday and Sunday in December before Christmas. See here for details.

All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie will be hosting a Christmas Fayre, with markets, food stalls, traditional children's games and a festive fun. This festive event will run between 9am - 1:30pm. See here for details.

Sunday 3rd December
Belconnen Westfield Shopping Centre will be having a free Christmas kids cooking activity with Kids Pantry. See here for details.

12 Barks of Christmas is an evening of doggie fun in Glebe Park, between 4pm - 7pm. This event is organised by the RSPCA and all funds raised from the sale of tickets will go towards caring for the unwanted, abused, neglected and homeless animals. Tickets cost between $13 - $25. See here for details.

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Image: RSPCA website


Thursday, 7th December
Sparrow-Folk : A Very Nestie Xmas is back at The Street Theatre for Christmas fun, songs and comedy on the 7th and 8th December. Tickets cost $30. See here for details.

Also check out your local Bunnings:

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Signage outside Tuggeranong Bunnings - check your local Bunnings for their Christmas events


Friday, 8th December
Handmade Christmas Markets will be held in the Budawang Pavilion at the EPIC on Friday evening between 5pm - 9pm and then all weekend between 10am - 4pm. Shop for quality hand-made gifts that you won't find anywhere else such as jewellery, homewares, fashion, gourmet food and more. There will be over 260 stalls to choose from. Free entry. See here for details.

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Image: Handmade Market website


Friday, 8th December to Christmas Eve
Christmas in Glebe Park is a new event, organised by the Canberra Renewal Authority. Head on down to Glebe Park in the city to see real Christmas trees, Christmas lights, markets, food trucks, roving carollers, live entertainment, gingerbread cubby houses and much more. The event kicks off on the 8th December, with the Christmas lights on display from 5pm nightly until Christmas Eve. The festivities will run between Thursday and Sunday each weekend, starting from 5pm on Thursday and Friday nights - and from noon to 10pm on weekends until 23rd December. Entry will be free, however some activities will require a donation to the Red Nose charity. See here and here for more details when advertised (and here for the latest news, at time of writing)

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Image: ACT Government Our Canberra website


Saturday, 9th December

A Very Very Merry Community Christmas Party Queanbeyan will be held at Queen Elizabeth Park II, between 6pm - 9pm. See here for details.

Canberra Small Business Market will be held at the Fitters Workshop outside the Old Bus Depot Markets, with stalls selling Christmas gifts such as fashion, jewellery, homewares, food, toys and more. See here for details.

The Christmas Markets will also be held at the EPIC, in the Fitzroy Pavilion, on the weekend of 9th and 10th December. Entry to the markets costs $3 (kids are free) and then shop for Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, presents, gourmet food, Christmas puddings, arts, crafts and much more. The markets will be held between 9am - 3pm both days, with free parking. See here for details.

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Image: Canberra Market Facebook


Wednesday, 13th December
A Very Kransky Christmas is a comedy performance held at the Canberra Theatre Centre, starting at 8pm. Enjoy this hilarious show with an unusual array of musical instruments including cheese graters and toilet brushes! Tickets cost $55. See here for details.

Friday, 15th December
Friday Night Drinks at Old Parliament House
will be having a Christmas family celebration from 4pm until late. See here for details.

Stille Nacht is a Christmas performance at All Saints Anglican Church in Ainslie, featuring the Luminescence Chamber Singers and Children's Choir. See here for details and tickets.

Saturday, 16th December
Canberra Santa Pub Crawl is an over 18's event, starting at Debacle in Braddon and ending at Mooseheads. Dressing up as Santa is encouraged! The cost is $10 for a wristband which gives you deals on the night. See here for details.

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The start of the Canberra Santa Pub Crawl at Debacle, from 2016. Image: Damsel and Sprout (organisers) Facebook


Wednesday 20th -Thursday 21st December
The Wiggles - Wiggly Christmas Big Show
will be held at the Canberra Theatre Centre at 10am, 1pm and 4pm on both days. See all your favourite Wiggles, characters, reindeers and even snow! Tickets cost $36.90. See here for details.

Sunday, 24th December
Christmas Programme at the National Carillon runs between 6:30pm - 7:30pm, with Christmas carols performed by Senior Carillonist Astrid Bowler, up at the top of the tower. See here for details.

Have you found what you're looking for? If you want to double your options, also check out the list of 20 Christmas Carols in the article Canberra's Christmas Carols - December, 2017. Enjoy the festive season and Merry Christmas!

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Image: Canberra Theatre Centre Facebook


* Details correct at time of writing - November, 2017. If it looks like rain, please check event websites and Facebook for wet-weather alternatives before you go.
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Why? These events will put you in the Christmas spirit!
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Where: Eco Elves Night Market - Corner of Lawson Crescent and Lennox Crossing, Acton Peninsula, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: See websites - most markets are free entry
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