If you missed Sydney’s Philippine Pasko Festival, fret not. There are still quite a few upcoming events that’ll help you get your Christmas on.
For instance, there’s “Pasko sa Canberra” (“Christmas in Canberra”). Organized by the Filipino Community Council of ACT (FCCACT) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, the festival takes place every first Sunday of December.
Pasko in Canberra: Celebrating Christmas the Filipino Way
This year, the event will take place on Sunday, 1 December, from 10 AM to 4 PM. As usual, the Philippine Embassy grounds at 1 Moonah Place, Yarralumla Canberra ACT will serve as the venue.
Much like the Sydney festival, there will be food stalls hawking Filipino eats and cultural performances. For instance, the past Pasko sa Canberra events featured Christmas carols from the Rondanihan group as well as a Filipino-Australian flash mob. Attendees can also take part in various games as well as quite a few raffles.
And in true Pinoy tradition, Pasko sa Canberra has its own Parol-Making contest. The first prize is a cool AU$50, followed by AU$40 and AU$30 for the second and third prizes, respectively. Interested parties can contact Ms. Noonee Doronila at 0418259456 to register.
Canberra’s 2019 Christmas Markets
Can’t make it this weekend? Fortunately, the city has no shortage of weekly markets that showcase its citizens’ creativity during the holidays. The following are just a handful of upcoming Yuletide events this month:
- Canberra Christmas Market.
- Eco Elves Night Market.
- Handmade Market.
- Old Bus Depot Markets.
Whether you’re seeking a unique gift or special holiday decorations, you’re bound to find it here. Best of all, the event takes place over two days, allowing you to window shop on the first day and seal the deal on the next.
When: 7-8 December, 9 AM – 3 PM
Where: Fitzroy Pavilion, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2602
Website: Canberra Christmas Market
Looking to celebrate the holidays in an environmentally-friendly manner? The Eco Elves Night Market has you covered.
This family-friendly market will host over 45 stalls, and all of them feature local, handmade, fair-trade, and upcycled environmentally-friendly gifts. As a bonus, the organizers have live music and food and wine stalls lined up for the evening.
Don’t forget to bring a rug so you can bask in the holiday spirit as you watch the lakeside sunset.
When: To be announced
Where: Canberra Environment Centre, Cnr Lennox Crossing and Lawson Crescent, Acton
Website: Eco Elves Night Market
The Handmade Market began with two women who wanted to create a space for local designers. Now on its tenth year, the quarterly event features over 150 stalls, all with uniquely exquisite wares for the holidays, among other occasions.
When: 6-8 December
Where: Coorong and Bundawang Buildings, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC), Flemington Road, Mitchell ACT 2602
Website: Handmade Market
Do you like hand-crafted goods? Vintage clothing? Food? Jewelry? Then you’ll enjoy the tourist mecca that is the Old Bus Depot Markets.
These 200 stalls actually set up on every Sunday of the year, but they really take things up a notch every Christmas. Drop by on any Saturday or Sunday before 23 December, and revel in the festive atmosphere of Canberra’s “Sunday Best.” From what I hear, there Christmas wreaths, baubles, mince tarts, and puddings are highly recommended.
When: Weekends before Christmas, 10 AM-4 PM
Where: Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Website: Old Bus Depot Markets
See you all there!