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The Canberra Times
The Canberra Times

Free merry-go-round rides until Christmas Eve

There will be free merry-go-round rides in the heart of Canberra from Friday, December 1 until Christmas Eve as a campaign ramps up to get people enjoying the city centre this festive season.

The City Renewal Authority says the Festive Finds in the City campaign included an expanded range of low-cost and free activities in the city centre and Braddon.

Acting deputy CEO Jen Ramsay hopes it will encourage Canberrans and visitors to shop, eat and get out and about in the city.

Maeve and mum Fiona enjoying the merry-go-round. Picture supplied

"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 on Friday with all-new "Cracking Offers" - 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 Friday. Simply upload your receipt from city centre and Braddon purchases to enter the draw to win major prizes including a $500 Canberra Centre voucher.

A free plant giveaway will be at the Christmas Tree in Ainslie Place on December 6. Picture supplied

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. December 1-31.
  • Free merry-go-round rides in Petrie Plaza from December 1-24.
  • Roving entertainment on City Walk every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends of December.
  • Free plant giveaway featuring hundreds of plants at the Christmas Tree in City Walk from 11.30am on Wednesday, December 6.
  • A City Christmas Party on City Walk on Friday, December 15 from 4pm to 10pm. Dress in your favourite Christmas attire and dance into the festive season.
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