What’s On December
Arts, music, festivals, sports, culture and more. We bring you unmissable events and dates for your diary from around the globe.
14th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), Hangzhou, December 11–16
The world’s top swimmers are competing in the southeastern Chinese city of Hangzhou this month in what is the most prestigious international individual sports event to be held there. www.fina.org
Moonlight Cinema, across Australia, until March 31
As Australia welcomes its long, hot summer, film fans can enjoy the season’s biggest blockbusters under the stars at picturesque city parklands and botanic gardens in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Book ahead online, then pack a picnic of delicious deli treats, or wine and dine from pop-up food trucks serving a scrumptious variety of hot food and movie-going morsels. You can bring your own drinks or enjoy sundowners from the licensed bar. Bring a picnic blanket and comfy chair, or arrive early to grab an oversized bean-bag bed. For an A-list experience, Moonlight Gold Grass offers premium viewing and waiter service, so you can nuzzle down in comfort.
Venues include Adelaide’s Botanic Park (December 8–February 17), Brisbane’s Roma Street Parkland (November 29– March 31), the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (November 29–March 31), May Drive Parkland in Perth’s Kings Park (December 1–March 31) and the Belvedere Amphitheatre in Centennial Park, Sydney (November 29–March 31). www.moonlight.com.au
The Emperor’s birthday,Japan, December 23
One of Japan’s most important holidays is even more special this year, as Emperor Akihito is scheduled to abdicate in April. Huge crowds gather at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace for the official birthday ceremony, and areas of the palace that are usually private are open to the public. www.publicholidays.jp/emperors-birthday