How to handle the Xmas heat

24 December 2016

Article heading image for TOP 5 WAYS TO STAY COOL THIS CHRISTMAS

By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – trankvilizator/

MERRY CHRISTMAS on this hot day in the nation's capital!

It's set to be a scorcher, with a top of 31 in Canberra.

So rather than sweat through this festive occasion, we've compiled a list of 5 ways to keep cool!

5 - Clam/blow up pools

While most shops are closed today, check your back shed or raid your neighbours house for a blow up pool or one of those clam shells you can fill with water! An easy way to cool off and keep the kids occupied! Throw some toys in there, chuck the hose in, done!

4 - Watch a movie

While it's great to be outside soaking up the sun, sometimes you need a break! What better way than to go inside, close the curtains, turn the air con on, crack open some zooper doopers, and put on a good family film. Here are some idea's that keep with the Christmas theme: Home Alone, Elf, The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Jingle All The Way, The Grinch, and of course we can't go past National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

3 - Slip 'n Slide

This is a fun and easy family activity that never gets old! Get out some plastic mats, turn the hose on, squirt some detergent on the mats, and you're set! While this activity is more for the kids, you'll find the adults getting in on the action too. An Aussie summer classic.

2 - Board games

Similar to suggestion 4, this one is ideal for when you need a bit of a break from that scorching sun. Head inside, turn the air con on, and pull out the family board games! Nothing beats a game of Scrabble, Monopoly, Jenga, Cluedo, Pictionary or Twister! A great way to stay cool and enjoy family time. 

1 - Rivers & other swimming holes 

While you'll find most swimming pools in Canberra have shut up shop today, there's still plenty of great places to take a dip with the fam, for free! Why not check out Uriarra Crossing, The Cotter, Casuarina Sands, Kambah Pool and Pine Island. You could even cart your Christmas lunch to ones of these spots and have a picnic!

Merry Christmas Canberra and remember to keep cool!

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