Embrace the Cold: 5 Winter Festivals in Sydney

When it is cold outside many of us curl up on the couch and count down the days until Summer returns. This winter, why not layer up with your favourite beanie and scarf, grab a hot glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate and embrace the cold at one of Sydney’s winter festivals?

Nb. These festivals can be popular so it is recommended you pre-purchase your tickets online.

1. Winter Garden St Marys Cathedral, 19 June – 19 July

St Marys Cathedral is a stunning piece of architecture, looks particularly magical lit up at night and is a spectacular back drop for this ice-skating rink and winter festival. Winter Garden is a month long celebration of Australia’s finest restaurants, cafes, and pop-up bars… and of course an ice-skating rink. Jump, slip and slide high in the sky on the inflatable slide, take to the slopes on the mechanical snowboard, visit the petting zoo or grab a spot by the crackling fireplace and warm up in the Winter Garden Après Skate Lounge. There is also the Lindt Chocolate Cafe to enjoy a delicious hot chocolate while you sit back and enjoy live music.

If you have a special celebration or a large group of friends you can even hire an igloo!

All prices include skate hire
Child Adult: $25
Couples: $38
Family: $66 (2 adults/2 children <12)

2. Bondi Winter Magic 20 June – 12 July

Experience Australia’s only beachside ice rink on the Bondi Pavilion forecourt at Bondi Beach. In the winter sunshine, or under the stars at night, nothing beats this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Ice skating at one of the world’s most famous beaches- now that is unique!

If you have never been ice skating before, take one of the lessons on offer to learn how to avoid spending your time with a cold backside on the ice!

All prices include skate hire
Toddlers Child 5–13 years: $16
Adult 14 years+: $22
Family (2 adults/2 child or 1 adult/3 children) $65
Penguin Hire $8

3. Cool Yule Darling Harbour, 27 June – 12 July

Strap on your skates and go for a magical spin around the Cool Yule Ice Rink! Or, if skating is not your thing, watch the professionals at work when the grace and skill of Olympic, international and national champion ice-skaters, led by Winter Olympian Liz Cain, present a diverse range of themed shows each day. Head to the Cool Yule Ice Rink at 12.45pm Monday to Friday and 5.45pm Friday and Saturday to see Stars on Ice in all their glory.

All prices include skate hire
Child 2-4 years: $10
Child 5-12 years: $16
Adult: $22
Family (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children): $62
$8 penguin skating aid

4. Parramatta Winterlight 26 June- 12 July

Come and enjoy the massive crystal outdoor ice rink. Be part Winterlight which includes fabulous themed food, Ice Rink Bar and outdoor cafe area under the magnificent lights. Food & Drinks served from the Fabulous Outdoor Winter Village includes traditional hot chocolate, mulled wine, pastries, cake, bratwurst & burgers. If you have kids, don’t miss the Opening Night event on Thursday June 25 at 6:00pm which will include a spectacular ice show by Stars On Ice & Disney’s Frozen.

All prices include skate hire

< 5 years: $10
5 -13 years: $16
14 years+: $20
Family:  (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children): $58
$8 penguin skating aid

5. Cronulla On Ice 27 June – 12 July

This is by far the most budget friendly ice-rink in Sydney. Cronulla’s outdoor ice skating rink is suitable for kids from ages two and up. It’s made of real ice, and there are free adorable penguin skating aids for those who need an extra helping hand on the ice.

Price includes skate hire
$10 per person (bargain!)


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