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Lots of things to do this Christmas in Canberra

As people involved in the ACT events and tourism space, the Accommodate Canberra team knows this city's best-kept secret is its rich social and cultural life. And, when it comes to Christmas and seasonal activities, Canberra is one of Australia's favourite places to be this holiday season.

Accommodate Canberra is Canberra’s most trusted and experienced provider of luxury short-term accommodation in the Nation’s Capital. Whether you are looking for a great place to have Christmas lunch, check out the fireworks on Lake Burley Griffin, or have a party on New Year’s Eve—Canberra has a lot to offer. Let’s take a look at what you can get up to this Christmas and New Year.


Christmas Lunch Canberra 2022

Canberra is home to so many great venues to have Christmas lunch this year that you are truly spoilt for choice. Some of our favourites include

  • · The Boat House: If you are after a decadent 6-course modern Australian set menu with matched wines, then The Boat House is a must. Christmas lunch runs from noon for a 12.30 pm start and is $225 per adult and $100 per child for food only.
  • · Marble & Grain:  This popular and centrally located steakhouse restaurant is offering a 5-course menu with a glass of sparkling on arrival, between 12 pm and3 pm. The cost is $165 per person.
  • · Canberra Southern Cross Clubs: While Canberra might be a wine-and-dine kind of place, you can also find the old faithful pub feed. The CSCC offers a range of options for Christmas lunch across its four clubs, ranging from a three-course lunch to a buffet and plated meals.


Canberra Fireworks on New Year’s Eve 2022

The best place to see Canberra new years’ eve fireworks is on the lawns of Lake Burley Griffin. Locals and tourists will gather on the shores to watch the fireworks at 6 pm and 12 am. Entertainment and refreshments will also be available during the evening.

Of course, the best place to view the fireworks would be from your luxury short-term accommodation booked through Accommodate Canberra. Some of our stays that have a great view of the Canberra fireworks include:

· Jamieson 83

Great view of the Canberra fireworks - Jamieson 83

· Rooftop Terrace at Northshore

Great view of the Canberra fireworks - Rooftop Terrace at Northshore

· Glebe Park 41

Great view of the Canberra fireworks - Glebe Park 41

· Aspire 45

Great view of the Canberra fireworks - Aspire 45

Great view of the Canberra fireworks - Dockside Kingston

To see what executive short-term accommodation is available this Christmas and new year, head to the Our Properties section on our website.


2022 New Year’s Eve parties in Canberra 

There are also many public and commercial New Year’s Eve parties to consider this year, including:

  • · Civic Square NYE Bash | This family-friendly, alcohol-free NYE event kicks off at 7.30 pm and concludes at midnight. It will include live local and national bands and entertainment for all ages.
  • · Garema Place NYE Celebration | Enjoy dance performances and bass beats in an alcohol-free, family-friendly zone with live music till 1 am.
  • · Commonwealth Park NYE Party | Spend the day in Commonwealth Park and then secure a great vantage spot for the evening’s fireworks over Lake Burley Griffin.
  • · NYE Fireworks Cruise | The MV Southern Cross is hosting a $250-a-head NYE dinner cruise, with a five-course meal, live entertainment, and a full bar.
  • · Casino Canberra | is throwing a New Year’s Eve Banquet with food, drinks, live entertainment, dancing, and a midnight countdown. 


After you get through the Christmas and NYE-related activities, there are plenty of other things to do in Canberra this Christmas and Holiday Period, including:

  • · National Gallery of Australia | The NGA is celebrating its 40th anniversary with free ticket admission and is open from 10 am – 5 pm. There is currently a fabulous exhibition featuring the work of contemporary Australian painter and printmaker, Cressida Campbell, running until 19 February 2023. Free tickets can be booked here.
  • · National Portrait Gallery | The NPG is open every day with free admission (except Christmas Day) from 10 am – 5 pm. The current major exhibition is ‘WHO ARE YOU’ Australian Portraiture, which runs until Sunday, 29 January 2023.
  • · National Museum of Australia | The NMA is also open every day with free admission (except Christmas Day) from 10 am – 5 pm. Get along and see their new permanent exhibition ‘Great Southern Land’, and explore stunning objects and rich multi-sensory experiences. You will walk through majestic bunya pine sculptures and interact with their 3D animated platypus.
  • · Australian War Memorial | The AWM is open every day with free admission (except Christmas Day) from 10 am – 4 pm. One thing not to miss is the Last Post Ceremony held each evening at 4.45 with a live piper or bugler. Free tickets can be booked here.
  • · National Library of Australia | The NLA is open every day with free admission (except Christmas Day) from 10 am – 5 pm. Their exhibition, ‘Viewfinder – Photography from the 1970s to now’, runs until 30 April 2023.
  • There are so many things to do in Canberra this Christmas and NYE, and this list covers the tip of the iceberg! So when you decide to visit Canberra, why not stay close to the action in luxury short-term accommodation through Accommodate Canberra.