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STUFF THAT STOCKING:
With such a variety to choose from, Christmas shopping has become an
event in itself. Pick up some clever stocking fillers from these places:
• Eckersley’s Art & Craft for ready-to-gift items in a riot of colours.
• L’Occitane En Provence for hampers, creams, candles and perfumes.
• Koko Black for designer chocolates and advent calendars.
• Muse Beauty Boutique for cosmetics and pamper products.
• Lellow for kids wear and gifts.
It’s never too early to start getting ready for Christmas and from the looks of
it, Canberra’s city centre is to be the best place to do it. BY LINA CHOUDHURY
f you think you’re one of those super-efficient planners who is all set to start
their Christmas shopping on December 1, think again. Canberra city’s store
and restaurant owners beat you to it.
“People start their Christmas shopping in October,” Canberra Centre Big W
manager Norm Swanson said.
That explains the rows of Christmas trees and ornaments lining their shelves
as early as September. The clothing stores at Canberra Centre will have a
Christmas range as well, with an accent on spring hues.
“It’s all about bright, feminine colours,” Forever New manager Belinda Quinn said.
But more than one thing needs dressing for the festive season, and the avid
entertainer will be spoiled for choice as to how to set their tables for Christmas
lunch and decorate their homes. From Unit Concepts and Bourgeois Pig in Braddon
to Urban Foods in NewActon, Landspeed Records in Garema Place and Shop
Handmade in City East – decor and gifts can be found in all corners of the CBD.
The Christmas spirit will abound at Canberra Centre with a roving Christmas
concierge to assist shoppers and reward customers with complimentary
vouchers. There will also be carollers, jazz bands and musicians, as well as
extended business hours from December 16.
Little Sprout is bound to be the first pit stop for those with little’uns. Offering
an eclectic and delightful treasure trove of toys, games, puzzles, art and craft,
science and nature, music and an extensive range of books, you’ll find something
to nurture the imagination.
Sections of Wheel & Barrow have been set up to tell different Christmas stories and
L’Occitane En Provence’s ambient window display will boost your Christmas spirit.
This season Koko Black on Bunda Street will release an advent calendar with
illustrations of a magical tree with gold leaves and elves.
“Adults can now revisit childhood memories as they count down the days to
Christmas,” Koko Black founder Shane Hills said.
This year the lighting of the
Christmas tree, an event that the
ACT Government spearheaded seven
years ago, will be held on December
2 from 7pm to 9 pm in Civic Square.
Canberrans are encouraged to bring
their friends, families and picnic
baskets to celebrate this free event,
which kicks off with a Christmas
Interestingly, the 21m-high tree was
gifted to the ACT Government by the
National Capital Authority in 2004 and
takes 250 man hours to decorate.
“The TAMS Property Service staff
constructs and dresses the tree using
cherry pickers, cranes and trucks,”
Australian Capital Tourism programs
coordinator Susie Dunn said.
“The LED lights on the tree are
powered by Greenchoice, supplied by
Dunn encourages everyone to
witness the giant Canberra Christmas
Tree illuminate when the switch is
flicked on by Santa.
LIGHTING THE TREE
LUNCH WITHOUT THE FUSS:
For those who prefer to sit back and enjoy Christmas with family
and friends rather than keeping one eye on the oven, there are
plenty of restaurants in the city putting on excellent festive feasts.
• La Scala in Civic is offering a Christmas dinner banquet which
will include Italian bread and oven baked chicken loins. Their set
menu Christmas dinner will include a Persian fetta salad and
crispy skin duck Maryland. There’s a Panettone Italian Christmas
cake to share after dinner and cheese platters and coffee.
• Debacle in Braddon will have a traditional Christmas dinner
with glazed ham, roast turkey, roast potatoes, steamed green
beans, gravy and cranberry sauce. There’s also a vegetarian
Mediterranean vegetable stack on a cous-cous salad. Desserts
include a pavlova and a Christmas pudding.
• Delissio in Braddon will have a Christmas menu with sea
prawn and smoked salmon salad with fish tomato crumb
and red onion and crispy pork belly with pomegranate glaze
with apple slaw. The restaurant will also offer a bouillabaisse
as part of their set menu and for dessert, eggnog semifreddo
with strawberry soup with panetonne crumbs.
Little Sprout, Canberra’s
ultimate toy wonderland
David Jones, Canberra Centre
Little Sprout, Canberra
Centre Gotz Precious Day
Elisabeth Doll, $129.95
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