Our pick of what to do in Canberra this weekend:
(The Canberra Times weekend guide is going on Christmas holidays after this week, but we'll be back in 2018.)
1. CHRISTMAS FLICKS AND BEER YOGA
Family Chrissy classics Elf and Home Alone will be on at a free outdoor cinema this weekend in the city. It's all part of the Christmas in Glebe Park celebrations, with Christmas lights, a live Christmas tree forest, visits from Santa, food stalls and live entertainment running right up until Christmas Eve. Elf (PG), starring Will Ferrell, is on Saturday night from 8pm, and Home Alone (PG) with Macaulay Culkin is on Sunday at 8pm. Entry by charity donation to SIDS for Kids. Then for the grown-ups there is Bend n Beers Yoga, led by local yoga instructor Jo Flynn, incorporating sips of Capital Brewing Co beers into yoga flows. It's on Friday at 5.30pm and Sunday at 2pm - tickets $25 from jogayoga.com.au.
2. YAZZ WINE FEST
Head to Yass on Saturday for the first ever Yazz Wine Fest. A dozen wineries are getting together for an afternoon of wine tasting at Yazzbar, along with some of the region's best food and live music. Tickets are $35, which includes a tasting glass and all tastings, and wines will also be available for sale by the bottle. Sessions at noon and 2pm. Soldiers Memorial Hall, 82-94 Comur St, Yass. Tickets at yazzbar.com.au/whats-on/yazz-wine-fest.
Plenty of opportunities to sing some carols and get in the festive mood this weekend. On Saturday, the Lanyon Christmas Carols and Picnic are on in the Lanyon Homestead gardens from 5pm. Take your own picnic, entry is $10 per car (historicplaces.com.au). Carols on the Valley are also on in Gungahlin at 104 The Valley Avenue from 5pm (salvos.org.au/christmas/events). Then on Sunday, Carols in Town Park are on in Tuggeranong Town Park from 4.30pm, and Carols on Condamine are on at North Canberra Baptist Church in Turner from 5.30pm (ncbc.org.au).
4. LANEWAY PARTY
New Civic cafe Meadow is throwing a party in Odgers Lane (in the middle of the Melbourne building) on Saturday from noon-5pm. They will be serving up baos and desserts, plus there will be live demos from local artists, lawn games for the kids, live music and sangria by Pallet and Vine. Free entry.
5. MAKE A GINGERBREAD HOUSE
Learn to make your very own gingerbread house on Saturday at a hands-on workshop for all ages. Santa's elves will be on hand to help construct the house and decorate it with trimmings from the lolly stations. Sessions at 11am and 1pm. It's on at Canberra Centre near Kathmandu in the food court under Dendy. If the kids get bored, they're also launching a new kids place area nearby. Tickets $6.15 from canberracentre.com.au (and yes, you do get to take your creation home).
6. MAMMA MIA!
If you haven't seen it yet (and ticket sales show that a lot of you have), ABBA-filled musical Mamma Mia finishes up at Canberra Theatre Centre this weekend. The final shows are on Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Sunday at 3pm, before the production heads off on its national tour. Very limited seats left at canberratheatrecentre.com.au.