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Canberra transforms into a magical wonderland during the Christmas season.
For international students, this is a unique opportunity to experience the Aussie festive spirit, blending traditional Christmas cheer with a summer twist. This guide will take you through some of the most exciting activities and events happening in Canberra this Christmas, even if you don’t celebrate the holiday.
The Little Burley Christmas Bash
This year, the Local Village Markets are shaking up the festive season with The Little Burley’s BIG Christmas Bash by the beautiful Lake Burley Griffin.
On 16 December, from 8am to 8pm, The Little Burley Market will showcase over 80 stalls featuring Canberra's best small businesses. Expect to find local designers, artists, jewellers, plant growers, fashion makers, homeware creators, and unique food and beverage artisans.
Discover Canberra's Christmas lights
Canberra shines brightly with festive Christmas lights adorning its streets and homes.
For those eager to explore the city's dazzling light displays, visit Christmas Light Search to find the most spectacular light displays near you. It's a perfect way to spend an evening under the stars, experiencing the city's festive glow.
Go Christmas tree hunting
If you're in Canberra for Christmas, a great way to get into the festive mood is by visiting a local Christmas tree farm. You can head to Santa’s Shaped Christmas Trees in Gundaroo or Christmas Tree Keng in Bywong, where you get to pick and cut your own tree. It’s a fun and active way to dive into the holiday spirit. And if you’re looking for something a bit different, Willow Park Nursery in Pialligo has some unique Wollemi Pines. It's a fun way to add an Australian twist to your Christmas decor.
A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas
On 15 December, head to the Canberra Theatre for A Very Canberra Comedy Festival Christmas. This special 2-hour comedy gala, part of the Canberra Comedy Festival, features a lineup of outstanding acts from the upcoming festival.
It's a fantastic opportunity to indulge in laughter and get into the festive spirit with some of the best comedians. Don't miss this chance to enjoy a night full of laughs and get your tickets here!
Organise your own Christmas picnic at Lake Burley Griffin
What’s better than a picnic in the warm Australian summer?
Lake Burley Griffin offers the perfect backdrop for a Christmas picnic. Gather your friends, share traditional dishes from your home countries and enjoy the stunning views of the lake. Don't forget to bring a frisbee or a cricket set for some fun games!
Boxing Day shopping
It's a bustling day, reflecting one of Australia’s beloved shopping traditions, perfect for experiencing the festive retail frenzy and finding some post-Christmas bargains.
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