Enjoy the weekend with friends and family before the craziness of Christmas kicks in! There are heaps of events happening this weekend for you to get around.

A very NFSA Christmas – Friday 18 December

Celebrate Christmas with two Christmas film classics at Arc Cinema with the National Film and Sound and Archive. At 10:30am join them for a screening of White Christmas or The Long Kiss Goodnight at 6pm. Bookings are essential, grab yours here.

Fiction Club Hip Hop Takeover – Friday 18 December

Fiction’s monthly Hip Hop Takeover has returned with a line-up of local favourites which include, Leonaitasi, JCK, Kilusan and more! Throughout the night there will also be special performances by FEMME REBELLE. Tickets are $27, buy yours on their website.

Mirusia Sings for you at Dendy – Friday 18 and Sunday 20 December

Take a seat in Dendy and watch as youngest ever winner of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award, Mirusia performs an enchanting concert and fills our hearts with hope for a brighter tomorrow. Screenings are limited, watch the magic on Friday at 10:20pm or Sunday at 6:30pm. Find tickets on Dendy’s website.

Holy Trinity Cheesemaking, Cooking & Pairing with Lunch – Saturday 19 December

Learn how to make the star of the charcuterie board… cheese! At Contentious Character’s vineyard from 10:30 to 1:30pm, a local cheesemaker will help you make your very own Mozzarella and Ricotta while a chef prepares a special Halloumi dish, alongside a tasting of Camembert, Blue Vein, Havarti and then something sweet to finish. You will also learn suggested pairings for each cheese so you can replicate it at home. Tickets can be found on their website.

A Pooch Affair Christmas – Saturday 19 December

Treat your furry friend to a Christmas themed Pooch Affair at Exhibition Park and get them involved in a range of activities, competitions and a pooch themed goods! Some to look forward to include, an Xmas photobooth, best Christmas dressed competition, personalised Christmas baubles and dog sport demos. Entry is free, however they do ask that you bring a gift to put under the RSPCA ACT Xmas Giving Tree. Find all the details on Facebook.

Ladies who Brunch – Saturday 19 December

Bring the girls together one last time before the New Year at Hotel Kurrajong’s brunch event. For $99 per person receive a signature cocktail on arrival, a decadent brunch including a green smoothie shot, smashed avo and a chia pudding and free flowing rose and sparkling wine. Live entertainment will also feature on the day, plus a photobooth and prizes for best dressed, best hat and best dressed girl crew. Tickets are available on their website.

Tallagandra Hill Winery Christmas Dinner Show – Saturday 19 December

Celebrate Christmas at Tallagandra Hill Winery’s stunning location and dining hall. The event goes from 6:30 to 10:30 and tickets include a three-course dinner and a glass of wine from the winery on arrival. There will also be live music from one of Canberra’s favourite performers, Marty K. Grab your tickets here.

Christmas Reindeer at Paint Pinot – Saturday 19 December

Get festive this weekend with a Paint Pinot art class and delve deep into your creative mind while sipping on good wine with friends. Classes are available every week, but this weekend go Christmas themed and paint a Christmas Reindeer scene. Tickets are $60 each and include all the materials needed to create your artwork. BYO your favourite bottle of wine or bubbly and enjoy a selection of snacks to purchase on the night. The session begins at 6pm and runs for three hours. Head to their website for all the details and images of what to expect from your painting.

Flix n’ Dickson – Saturday 19 December

Take the whole family for a picnic and free movie at Dickson’s Post Office Courtyard. Kicking off at 6pm with entertainment from Lucy Sparkles and friends followed by a screening of Elf at 8pm. The event organisers also urge you to support local and grab something for dinner in the area to bring along for your picnic. Tickets are free but to secure your spot register here.

Craft with Santa’s Elves – Saturday 19 December

Take the kids to City Walk this weekend and let them help Santa’s Elves with a bunch of craft activities including decorating a festive bauble and Christmas cards. Tickets are $5 and will go directly to the GIVIT charity. Book your kids in now!

The Pop Inn at Bowen Park – Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 December

Canberra’s favourite pop up wine bar, The Pop Inn will be at Bowen Park from 2-7pm serving up top notch wines for you to try, along with delicious meat and cheese tasting plates. Get all the latest updates on their website.

Music on the Greens – Sunday 20 December

Chill out this Sunday with musical performances from ANU’s School of Arts, Llewellyn Hall and more at Kambri ANU. From 1-3pm grab a bite to eat and relax on the lawns while the music sweeps you away. Find all the details here.

Tipsy Sundaze at Amici Bar – Sunday 20 December

From 2pm end the weekend with a bang at Amici Bar’s weekly Tipsy Sundaze. Have the vino pouring, the cocktails shaking, and the charcuterie boards passed around while you enjoy some chilled live music. Book your table now!

Happiest Season at Sunset Cinema – Sunday 20 December

Sunset Cinema at the Botanical Gardens is back! Join them this Sunday for a screening of Happiest Season. Gates open at 6:30pm with the film beginning at last light. A food truck and snacks bar are provided, and you can pre purchase a bean bag or chair with your ticket, or choose to BYO food and picnic rug. Grab your tickets here.