Five things to do in Canberra this weekend, December 8-10

Five things to do in Canberra this weekend, December 8-10

Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend.


The ACT government's new city Christmas event in Glebe Park opens on Friday night.

The ACT government's new city Christmas event in Glebe Park opens on Friday night.

Photo: Karleen Minney

Haven't even put your tree up yet? Sixty-five real Christmas trees will form an enchanted forest in the city under a canopy of Christmas lights from Friday night. The Christmas lights and celebrations will run in Glebe Park right up until Christmas with different entertainment every weekend including Christmas movies under the stars, goat yoga and live entertainment. Weekend one will have lighting displays, Santa, an elf, carollers, a painted gingerbread cubby house, jumping castles, a Nerf arena and maze. There will also be food from a range of food markets including Kokomo's, Bombolini, Hungry Brown Cows, Hello Hanoi, Pimp My Chimney, Le Petit Breton, Gozleme Cafe and a pop-up bar from Capital Brewing Co. The event opens from 5pm on Friday, and entertainment runs Saturday and Sunday noon-10pm. You can head along any night until Christmas, with the light installations open nightly, plus further entertainment on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is by donation to Red Nose. See


Put a decent dent in your Christmas shopping at the Handmade Market, which is one all weekend. More than 260 artists, designers, stylists, and craftspeople from all over the country who make everything from fashion and furniture to sculpture, ceramics, children's toys and clothing, jewellery, accessories and gourmet food will be under one roof at EPIC selling their wares. Parking is free and there are ATMs on site. Entry is by gold coin donation to a charity. Open Friday 5-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4 pm.



Canberra comedic duo Sparrow Folk are kicking off the silly season with a Christmas show at The Street Theatre filled with a smorgasbord of new hilarious songs. Friday at 7.30pm. Tickets $25-$30 from


Buy authentic art, crafts, fashion and jewellery from some of Australia's most remote regional artists, with funds going straight back to the artists and their communities. The event is on Friday from noon-8pm and Saturday 10am-3pm on the lawns of Acton Peninsula, opposite the Museum. Free entry.


Stylist, author and interiors guru Megan Morton will be in town for a class on chic festive season decorating in the Canberra Centre's new Monaro Mall lifestyle precinct on Saturday from 11am. Often called on to style, design and work her 'house whispering' magic for celebrities, her work has been featured on the covers of international glossies, including Elle Decoration UK and Vanity Fair. Tickets $20+bf from

Jil Hogan is an food and lifestyle reporter at The Canberra Times.

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