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Canberra Attractions to keep you entertained!

Canberra's attractions hold and share the treasures of our Nation. Celebrate Australia's proud sporting achievements, delve into our unique political history, and reflect on our young Nation's experience on the international stage. See our country and people through the eyes of our artists and experience Australian character through sound and film, books and exhibitions.

Canberra Synphony Orchestra

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra ensembles will serenade the city centre this Christmas. With a series of four free concerts held in the city, 2 under Canberra's unique Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree on City Walk and 2 in City Walk. The ensembles will perform classical arrangements as well as a couple of Christmas favourites for families, couples and visitors to enjoy.

When: December 2021

  • Fri 10th, 4.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tue 14th, 4.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Fri 17th, 4.30 - 6.30 pm
  • Tue 21st, 4.30 - 6.30 pm

  • Entry: Free event
    Where: City Walk

    Ancient Greek Exhibition

    Coming to Canberra from the 17 December to the 1 May 2022 is the Ancient Greek Exhibition at the National Museum of Australia. Featuring 170 historic objects normally housed at the British Museum, including jewellery, sculptures, body armour, coins and more.

    Make the most of your visit with Novotel Canberra, located in the heart of the city and only 5 minutes drive or 10 minute scooter ride from the National Museum of Australia. Book our Cultural Getaway Package now to secure your preferred dates.

    Packages available from $253*

    When:17th December - 1st May 2022
    Entry: Ticketed event
    Where:National Museum of Australia

    New Year's Fireworks

    Back in full action are Canberra's annual New Year's fireworks display at 9pm and midnight. Pick up a First Edition Takeaway hamper and head down to the lake to enjoy synchronised fireworks displays lighting up the night sky over Lake Burley Griffin.

    Fireworks will be launching from three locations across Lake Burley Griffin, allowing you to take advantage of the variety of lakeside or mountain top locations across the city.

    When:31st December 9pm and midnight
    Entry: Free
    Where: Lake Burley Griffin

    Sunset Outdoor Cinema

    Grab a blanket and head out to the Eucalypt Lawn at The Australian National Botanic Gardens for an outdoor cinema experience with new releases and timeless favourites movie screenings available at the Sunset Cinema.

    Bring your own picnic rug, camp chairs or hire seating at the venue with multiple options available, including their premium lounges with VIP positioning, snacks and drinks are also available.

    When:December 2021 - February 2022
    Entry: Free
    Where: Australian National Botanic Gardens


    Summernats is Australia's largest gathering of modified and street vehicles attracting over 2000 vehicles each year and growing. Since its initiation in 1988, Summernats has evolved into a family event featuring burnout competitions, parades, concerts, fireworks and more!

    Located At EPIC showgrounds, only a ten-minute tram ride from the hotel, Novotel Canberra is a popular location to stay for those planning to have a couple of beers at the show.

    Book your accommodation early before we book out! BOOK NOW

    When: 6-9 January 2022
    Entry: Ticketed event
    Where: EPIC Showgrounds

    Australians & Hollywood

    It's time to celebrate local talent with the Australians & Hollywood exhibition opening in January 2022 at the National Film and Sound Archive.

    Showcasing iconic moments in contemporary Australian film and the people who brought those stories to life, putting Australian actors and actresses in the spotlight. This Canberra exclusive exhibition features rare behind the scene footage, costumes, stories and props from the NFSA on display for the first time.

    When: January to July 2022
    Entry: Ticketed Event
    Where: National Film and Sound Archive

    Canberra Multicultural Festival

    The National Multicultural Festival brings a burst of colour and excitement to Civic in February when it transforms Garema Place into a mecca of multicultural food, dance, concerts, friendship and fun for three days.

    Over the past years, the annual National Multicultural Festival has become one of Australia’s largest and most-loved celebrations of our country and city's dynamic diversity. The event brings together thousands of participants and performers to showcase and share their unique and enchanting cultures with the wider Canberra and Australian community.

    When: Postponed to 2023
    Entry: Free
    Where: Garema Place

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