Free merry-go-round rides just one of many ‘Festive Finds in the City’ from 1 December

Canberra’s City Centre will become the number one destination for holiday delight from 1 December as the Festive Finds in the City campaign ramps up.

An expanded range of low-cost and free activities in the City Centre and Braddon will encourage Canberrans and visitors to shop, eat, and get out and about in the city, said the City Renewal Authority’s A/g Deputy CEO Jen Ramsay.

“We’re inviting locals and visitors to embrace the festive season, make memories with their family and friends, and support local when buying their presents,” Ms Ramsay said.

“From today, Canberrans can enjoy free merry-go-round rides up until Christmas Eve. Last year more than 20,000 people took part, and we hope to beat that number this December.”

The ‘Festive Finds’ curated gift guide expands today with all-new ‘Cracking Offers’ – thoughtfully tailored Christmas deals available exclusively in the City Centre and Braddon, including discounts on food and beverage, family bundles and retail deals.

Canberrans can also ‘Find and Win in the City’ from today. Simply upload your receipt from City Centre and Braddon purchases to enter the draw to win major prizes including a $500 Canberra Centre voucher.

“By activating the City Centre and Braddon we’re helping local businesses attract customers and foster Christmas cheer,” added Ms Ramsay.

What’s on in the City Centre and Braddon in December

  • ‘Find and Win in the City’ by shopping in the City Centre and Braddon, upload your receipt online and go in the draw to win major prizes: 1-31 December.
  • Free merry-go-round rides in City Walk: 1-24 December.
  • Roving entertainment on City Walk every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoon for the first three weekends of December.
  • Free plant giveaway featuring hundreds of plants at the City Walk Christmas tree on 6 December.
  • A City Christmas party on City Walk from 4-10pm on 15 December.

To explore the gift guide, view the full program, and learn more about the Festive Finds in the City campaign, visit

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