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Saturday 11 May 2024

Enjoy Christmas in July in Canberra - in June

Right across Europe, Christmas markets are a joyous tradition with festival goers braving the cold to enjoy themselves with mulled wines and roasted chestnuts.

Anyone who has watched the nightly weather forecast on TV will know that the Australian capital of Canberra reaches European-level low temperatures over winter.

Hence, the Xmas in July festival is returning to Canberra for its third edition.

Over 60,000 people attending the free festival in 2023, enjoying fire pits, and comforting winter food.

Returning for four days and nights of French-European Christmas vibes, the event will be held on the Parkes Place Lawns in the middle of the National Triangle in Canberra from June 27-30. So not really in July, at all.

The festival will offer artisanal products, comfort food, wooden huts, and Christmas decorations and fairy lights.

Over 40 pop-up restaurants are promised, showcasing French and European cuisines. So think melted cheese stations serving raclette and fondue; gnocchi in creamy mushroom sauce and oversized German hot dogs.

Hot chocolate and chocolate cocktails with toasted marshmallows will return, along with the ubiquitous mulled wine bars.

“In France, Christmas is all about embracing winter, feasting together, enjoying warm comfort food, delicious drinks and music surrounded by beautiful lights," says Vincent Hernandez, the festival director.

"It’s amazing to see how the Xmas in July brings everyone together in the middle of winter to do just that in Australia.”

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