What’s On School Holidays – ACT, TAS, NT

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ACT

CANBERRA

Carols by Candlelight

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Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park will host Canberra's 69th Carols by Candlelight on Wednesday, 18 December from 7pm-9.30pm.

Woden Valley Youth Choir invite you to share in the spirit of Christmas so bring family, friends and a picnic dinner and join thousands of others for an inspiring evening of music and celebration, as you sing along to your favourite Christmas carols in the beautiful surroundings of Commonwealth Park.

Carol sheets and candles will be available for a gold coin donation with all proceeds going to a charity.

Visit Woden Valley Youth Choir for more details.

Canberra's Christmas Markets

A Christmas-themed market with unique gifts, Canberra charm and Christmas cheer - the markets are not to be missed!

Saturday 14th December and Sunday 15th December will see the Fitzroy Building in Exhibition Park transformed!

The Canberra Christmas Markets are open from 9am to 3pm on both days with $3 Entry and Free Parking.

Visit Canberra Christmas Markets for more information

Measure Island at Questacon

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How do you measure up? Questacon's Measure Island takes you on an adventure through a jungle-themed world alongside 'Archy' and his dog 'Cubit', who encounter measurement challenges along the way.

Measure Island's 24 interactive exhibits examine the concepts, systems and techniques of measurement, and highlight the importance of good measurement in everyday life.

Measure Island is targeted primarily at children aged 8-14, but with topics of varying complexity it is an exciting experience for people of all ages.

From December 7 throughout the school holidays. Visit Questacon for more information.

The National Zoo & Aquarium

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Canberra's National Zoo & Aquarium is the only combined Zoo & Aquarium in Australia - that’s 2 venues for the price of 1!

Let kids discover a wide variety of both native and exotic animals, as well as marine and freshwater fish, reptiles and frogs. Wander in and have a casual stroll around the park, or make a day of it with family, friends and make use of our picnic areas and complimentary BBQ facilities.

Animal encounters provide visitors with an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world's most amazing creatures!

Read more about The National Zoo & Aquarium here

Australia Through Time at the National Dinosaur Museum

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Only until December 31 - discover Australia's long prehistoric past and find out where in Australia you will be able to see fossil or geological features from the last 4 billion years.

PLUS children (and big kids alike) can complete fun (and educational) quizzes on this prehistoric past with the answers located throughout the museum. On completion, each child will receive a certificate and a real, 50-million-year-old fossilised shark tooth to take home!

For more information visit the National Dinosaur Museum

Gold and The Incas at The National Gallery of Australia

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Discover the Lost Worlds of Peru and learn all about the ancient Incan civilization.

The largest exhibition of Peruvian art ever staged in Australia, there are more than 200 objects on display - from scintillating gold pieces made to decorate the nobility in life or in death, intricate jewellery, elaborate embroidered and woven cloths to breathtakingly sophisticated ceramic sculptures.

From December 6 throughout the school holidays.

Visit The National Gallery of Australia

For more What's On in Canberra these School Holidays visit events.act.gov.au

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Tasmania

HOBART

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Carols By Candlelight

This FREE family event will be held at St. David's Park on both Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15. Gates open at 5pm and the festive spirit kicks off at 8.15pm live on stage!

Despite being a FREE event, you are required to secure a wristband as entry PRIOR to the event. These can be collected from Council's Customer Service Centre, Elizabeth Mall Information Booth and Hobart Aquatic Centre.

For all details visit hobartcity.com.au

Christmas Entertainment Hub

Santa Claus is coming to Hobart town and Christmas in the city will be celebrated across Elizabeth Mall and Wellington Court throughout December. For the full calendar of what's on, where and when visit hobartcity.com.au

Hobart Aquatic Centre

Join the school holidays SPLASH Program - brave the Giant Slide, Obstacle Course and Log Runner or splash it up with a fun mix of diving boards, water slides and much more! Family passes are available for $20. For more information on the SPLASH programs call 03) 6222 6999.

For general information about the Aquatic Centre, including opening times and costs, visit Hobart Aquatic Centre Facebook.

LAUNCESTON

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Launceston Aquatic Centre

Cool down and have fun with fantastic interactive water play features.
Visit launcestonaquatic.com.au

DEVONPORT

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Devonport Christmas Parade

Join Santa and a whole host of fantastic floats as the parade passes through Devonport on December 14. Music, fun and festive spirit guaranteed!

Note: The parade will be postponed to December 17 in the event of inclement weather.

Call 03) 6424 0511 for details.

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NT

DARWIN

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The Darwin Waterfront

Everyone in Darwin knowns that the Waterfront is the place to be for family-friendly entertainment, eats, activities and events and these school holidays are no different.

Launching into the Top End festive season with Santa Fest at the Darwin Waterfront on Sunday, December 15 and again on Sunday, December 22, bring the kids to meet Santa who will be appearing both days between 11.00am and 2.00pm at the Wave Lagoon. Normal entry fees apply to the Wave Lagoon.

Enjoy loads of fun including a disco party and dance competitions, Christmas craft, loads of beach balls, prizes up for grabs and Christmas treats from Santa!

For the lowdown on family fun at the Darwin Waterfront this summer (you may even spot Santa strolling through the precinct's restaurants and cafes!) PLUS Crocosaurus Cove, museums and more of the Top End click here!

PLUS there's a spectacular FAMILY NEW YEAR'S EVE!

Visit Darwin Waterfront

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