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Carols at Como Park
Escape the festive madness and enjoy an evening of Christmas carols with family and friends. The City of Stonnington is proud to present a night of Carols at Como Park, a family friendly occasion that brings loved ones together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. This year, Rhonda Burchmore hosts the much-loved event, welcoming an impressive line-up of performers to the stage. Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys), Amy Lehpamer (Sound of Music), Verity Hunt-Ballard (Mary Poppins) and Bert LaBonte (MTC) come together to deliver a wondrous night of carolling in an inner city oasis. John Thorn stands at the helm as musical director, conducting choral support from the South of the River Choir and musical backing from Stonnington City Brass Orchestra. Frank Di Sario, Greg Ryan and Sam Lemann come together to form the band. The event is free and open to all ages.
Try the Dragon Egg dessert at Sake Restaurant & Bar
Let's get straight into this, then. What you're looking at is a liquid nitrogen white chocolate egg, with mandarin, crystallised ginger and almond, sitting on a biscuit base with berries. Cracking open into one of these beauties is an experience not to be missed – plus, it'll look great on your Instagram feed. For December only, Japanese eatery Sake is offering this dessert as part of any set menu you order. At the Yarra River-adjacent Hamer Hall restaurant, you could treat yourself to the Chef's Selection Omakase set menu, where you'll enjoy seven courses of elegant Japanese fare; and on Flinders Lane, you could order a nine-course feast designed specifically for your preferences. This offer is running at Sake's Flinders Lane and Hamer Hall locations. Bookings are highly recommended.
Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas
Make the most of the long summer evenings at this cinema (and ice cream parlour) by the sea. The film selection features quirky comedies, new releases and genre-spanning classics. Highlights include Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and Doctor Strange to name just a few. Monday night retro screenings will throwback to classics such as Labyrinth and Elf. Ben & Jerry's Openair Cinemas will feature a fully licensed bar as well as pizza and salad to sort out your movie and dinner date. They're also hosting weekly Sundae Sessions where live musical acts will cool things down a notch (the free ice cream should also help). Sunday November 27: Beth Grace DJ set and Keeping Up with the JonesesSunday December 4: Emily Soon and Boys in the TreesSunday December 11: Alexander Biggs and Beth Grace DJ set and ArrivalSunday December 18: Jade Alice and Beth Grace DJ set and War on Everyone Grown-ups can look forward to a fully stocked bar and there’s plenty of ice cream for film buffs young and old.
The Canberra Hit List
Canberra used to be the punchline of jokes: known only for porn, politicians and legal fireworks. Now the fireworks are restricted and there are far more stimulating things happening outside the adult shops than on their shelves. Canberra in the twenty-teens boasts hipper hotels than Sydney, excellent cafés, some of the best galleries and museums in the country, and, of course, the chance to pick up leaked Federal documents from behind the couch at popular public servant boozers. Because some things never do change. Tigerair's great value daily direct flights between Melbourne and Canberra launch December 8, book one today.