It’s that time of year where you don’t need an excuse to eat, drink and be jolly all month long. This city is pumping with Christmas cheer!

Pyjama King, PETER ALEXANDER on tour- Friday 7th December

Peter Alexander is heading around Australia on his annual Christmas tour giving fans the opportunity to meet him in person! These tours are what Christmas is all about for him as he travels around to thank his customers for their ongoing support over the last 32 years. Special offers include saving 20%- 30% while he is in store! The Pyjama King will be at Westfield Woden from 12pm- 12.45pm and Canberra Centre store from 1.15pm – 2pm. Make sure to grab some of his gorgeous Christmas pyjama collection while you’re there!

Handmade Markets at Exhibition Park- Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December

The Handmade Markets are back for another weekend! For an unbeatable atmosphere of excitement, shop around for beautiful handmade gifts and get into the Christmas spirit! With vendors of homewares, fashion and food from Canberra and interstate, handmade is a great place to buy unique artisan products while supporting Australian small businesses. The markets will run from 5pm – 9pm on Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Find them in the Budawang and Coorong Buildings with entry through the Conference Centre entrance between them.

Canberra Youth Centre Artistic Program Launch- Friday 7th December

Got some creative talent in the family? The Canberra Youth Centre is excited to announce the launch of their 2019 Artistic Program. CYT is a not-for-profit youth arts company that provides young people aged 7-25 years with the opportunity to explore, extend and develop their drama skills with emerging professional artists. The event will include all of their major works and other performance opportunities throughout the year. It will be hosted at the Gorman Arts Centre from 5.30pm – 7pm.  To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 6248 5057.

Christmas Market at the Canberra Wine House- Saturday 8th December

Immerse yourself with local wine, food, and handcrafted items at the Christmas Markets! An abundance of Makers from Murrumbateman will be joining at The Canberra Wine House giving you the opportunity to browse, try, and buy their incredible products, all in one place! Purchase your take-home tasting glass for $10 to taste all the wines on offer and even place orders for bottled wine; ready for Christmas! Chicago Charles will be performing live from 12pm so you can sit down and relax with a wine after your shopping spree! Entry is free with plenty of parking available.

RSPCA’s Christmas Open Day- Saturday 8th December

Attention all pet lovers because the festive season is about to get a whole lot cuter. The RSPCA Shelter is opening its doors from 10am to 2pm and welcoming the Canberra community to visit and enjoy a day with their furry friends. The day will be filled with Santa photos with your animal friend, the opportunity to buy a real Christmas tree, adoption reunions, rescue groups, retail bargains, adoption price reductions, and gelato and coffee vans. You will be able to take a tour of the shelter, pat some adorable dogs and cats and even adopt a new pet! Does getting into the Christmas spirit get any better? We think not. For more information, click here. 

Christmas-themed Tipsy Tea at White Rabbit- Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th December

If you thought White Rabbit’s Tipsy Tea couldn’t get any better, it’s now CHRISTMAS THEMED! Every Saturday and Sunday of the month, they’re bringing the festive season with their favourite ‘Eat Me’ Christmas items. Dine in with plenty of sweet or savoury offerings, and pair this with White Rabbit’s bespoke cocktails and you’ve got yourself a Christmas party! Get in quick as bookings are essential and are priced at $65pp. To book, email [email protected], or call (02) 6257 7779.

Extended Shopping hours begin at Canberra Centre- from Saturday 8th December

If you haven’t already, you can start to get your Christmas shopping sorted with extended opening hours at the Canberra Centre until Christmas! Open until 6pm from Monday- Saturday, 9pm Friday’s and 5pm Sunday’s, you can stress a little less!

Community Clean-up Day at Lake Burley Griffin- Sunday 9th December

When you think of Canberra, one of the things that come to mind first is our gleaming Lake Burley Griffin. To keep the lake beautiful, join in on Clean-up Lake Burley Griffin day from 9-12pm where community lake user groups are asking the public to join in cleaning the rubbish from the lake. You can decide whether to volunteer on land or from watercraft (not provided). Volunteers can register at one of the booths on the day. For more information and locations, click here.