The summer holidays are here. Lazy days, sleeping in, and long luncheons are welcomed. For most, the festive season is a time to unwind, get outdoors and enjoy, without the burden of work, or responsibility. These few days of the year are for family, friends, backyard cricket, swimming in the sea and opening the dusty pages of a book you have been keeping idle. To wind back time is impossible, but those warm days and balmy nights always do tug you back to a simpler time. After the presents were unwrapped and the idea of Santa reading your wish list subsided into forgetfulness, there was nothing better than being together. Without digging into your money bank, enjoy your time, for free. Here are a few ideas. Merry Christmas.

MELBOURNE

Indie Christmas Pop-Up Shop
When: Monday 22 December- Wednesday 24 December
Where: Melbourne Central, Corner of Swanston and La Trobe Street, Level 1

Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections
When: Everyday until Christmas (9pm-11pm)
Where: Melbourne Town Hall

Exhibition: Bohemian Melbourne featuring Nick Cave, Mirka Mora, Barry Humphries, Vali Myers and Marcus Clarke, Albert Tucker
When: Monday 22 December- Sunday 22 February
Where: State Library of Victoria

Cricket’s Family Day at the ‘G
When: Tuesday 23 December (10.30am-2.30pm)

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Wil Wagner, Lucy Wilson and Ziggy Britten
When: Sunday 28 December
Where: Reverence Hotel, Footscray

CANBERRA

SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights in the City
When: Monday 22 December- Wednesday 31 December
Where: Petrie Plaza
Ainslie Place
Canberra City

Sids and Kids Christmas Lights in the City

Exhibition: Ben Quilty, After Afghanistan
When: Monday 22 December- Wednesday 27 May 2015
Where: Australian War Memorial

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Exhibition: Impressions of Paris: Lautrec, Degas, Daumier
When: Monday 22 December- Sunday 15 March
Where: National Gallery of Australia

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SYDNEY

Sydney Christmas Lights Display
When: Monday 22 December- Thursday 25 December
Where: Sydney CBD

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Christmas Eve: Miracle of 34th street
When: Wednesday 24 December
Where: Darling Quarter Village Green

Harbourside Fireworks
When: Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December
Where: Darling Harbour

Olympic Ayres
When: Saturday 27 December
Where: The Hotel Steyne, Manly (Upstairs)

BRISBANE

Happy Hour Comedy Friday
When: Friday 27 December
Where: Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse

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Jan Power’s Farmers Market
When: Saturday 28 December
Where: Powerhouse Plaza, Brisbane Powerhouse

LiverSpark Music
When: Sunday 28 December (3.30pm onwards)
Where: Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse

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ADELAIDE

Stink Lines, Tea, The Yabbies and Home For The Def
When: Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December
Where: The Metro

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Dave Graney and Matt Haywood
When: Friday 26 December
Where: The Metro

Wireheads, Old Mate and Scott and Charlene’s Wedding
When: Saturday 27 December
Where: The Metro

Adelaide Night Market
When: Sunday 28 December
Where: North Terrace, Adelaide

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PERTH

Free Christmas movies under the stars:
The Holiday

When: Christmas Eve, Wednesday 17 December at 8.30pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza

Exhibition: Girt by Sea
When: Monday 22 December- Monday 6 January
Where: Fremantle Art Centre

Sunday Music: Toby
When: Sunday 28 December
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre (2pm-4pm)