Finding Christmas carols in Canberra this December
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Finding Christmas carols in Canberra this December

Feeling festive? Want to raise your voice in Christmas song with others? Although the High Court Christmas Concert: Carols in the Court is full, there are plenty of other opportunities to listen to, or sing along with, Christmas carols in Canberra this month. Most events are free (except for food and drink and as indicated).

A previous Carols by Candlelight in Commonwealth Park.

A previous Carols by Candlelight in Commonwealth Park.Credit:Jay Cronan

December 8

Christmas Carols and Picnic at Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa. Gates open at 5pm.  $10 a car if booked online, $15 cash on the night. The homestead on Tharwa Drive will be lit by candles and decorated for a 19th-century Christmas. Bring your own picnic food to eat on the lawns. Sing along with the Sing Australia Choir and Tuggeranong Valley Band. There will also be Christmas ornament-making for children and a sausage sizzle. More information and bookings: historicplaces.com.au.

December 11

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Community Carols at Marist College from 6.30pm-8pm at Marist College, Marr Street, Pearce. Proceeds will go to Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn and Karinya House.

December 12

Christmas Carols and Festive Morning Tea from 9.30am to 12.30pm hosted by the Majura Women's Group at Frencham Place, Downer. All welcome.

December 14-15

Christmas with Luminescence at All Saints Church, 9-15 Cowper Street, Ainslie from 7pm. Celebrate the festive season at Luminescence's annual Christmas concert, featuring the Luminescence Chamber Singers, Luminescence Children's Choir and Little Lumi. $11.64-$43.29. Bookings: eventbrite.com.au/e/christmas-with-luminescence-tickets-48405013699.

December 15

Googong Christmas Carols from 6pm to 8pm at Beltana Park, Beltana Avenue, Googong. A non-denominational event with accompaniment provided by the big brass music of the Canberra City Band.

December 16

Carols in Town Park from 4pm at Tuggeranong Town Park, Anketell Street, Tuggeranong. Also includes rides, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Musical support from the Salvation Army Brass Band and the Canberra Community Choir as well as items by the Tuggeranong Timbrels.

Harrison Christmas Carols from 5pm to 7.30pm. Hosted by Northside Life Church at Mullion Park, Encounter Street, Harrison. There'll also be a sausage sizzle and an appearance from Santa.

Christmas at the Carillon from 6pm to 7.30pm at the National Carillon, Aspen Island, Wendouree Drive. Pack a picnic for a free family-friendly Christmas Carillon concert at Aspen Island. There will be food and drink to purchase and free face painting, popcorn, and balloon animals. Free guided public tours of the National Carillon tower are available from 4.15 pm to 5.45 pm. Bookings for these tours are not required, but spaces are very limited and will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis. Carillonists will perform between the carolling. There will be free parking available in Kings Park. Because of road closures for the event, parking in Kings Park can be accessed from the Constitution Avenue end of Wendouree Drive.

Community Christmas Celebration at Woden Valley Alliance Church from 5.30pm to 8pm, 81 Namatjira Drive, Waramanga. Includes a free barbecue, face painting, jumping castle, glitter tattoos, reptile zoo, and carols. All welcome.

Fusion City Church's Christmas Celebration from 5pm to 8pm at Palmerston Primary School, 80 Kosciusko Avenue, Palmerston. Includes carols, a nativity performed by the children, and Christmas games. Food and coffee will also be on sale.

The 2017 Carols by Candlelight at Stage 88.

The 2017 Carols by Candlelight at Stage 88. Credit:Jamila Toderas

December 19

Carols by Candlelight 2018. Stage 88, Commonwealth Park, Acton, 7pm. Free admission. The 74th Annual Canberra Carols by Candlelight will be led by the Woden Valley Youth Choir and accompanied by the Canberra City Band, with special guest artists. Conductor and musician Ian McLean will be the MC  and Auslan interpreters will be signing throughout the evening for members of the deaf community. Food and drink will be on sale, or you can bring your own picnic to eat on the lawns. Candles and carol sheets will be on sale. All proceeds from the event will be given to a selected charity. Go to facebook.com/CanberraCarols, phone 1300 599 655 or email info.wvyc@gmail.com for more information.

Ron Cerabona is an arts reporter for The Canberra Times.

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