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Winter Festival in the City

Winter Festival is a national event to be held over 3 weeks during June and July this year. 

It’s a wintery wonderland styled on European winter markets which will be held in iconic locations in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Perth. Each Winter Festival will host a wide range of snow and ice related activities including open air ice skating, powder snow pits, toboggan rides and European style pop up food stalls, live music, professional ice skating performances and interactive fun and games. 

“For many Australians this will be their first experience of ice and snow” claims event organizer Andrew Lemon. “For others it will be a chance for them to re-live some of the fun snow and ski experiences they’ve had on holidays – but without the huge price or needing to pack or travel!”

 “Imagine ice skating on an open air rink with powder snow dusting your hair – blink and you’ll feel like you’re in Austria not Australia,” Andrew says.  Winter Festival is unlike other snow related events due to its wide range of activities appealing to couples, groups of friends, families and children alike.  Even businesses are getting in on the action with many booking mid-year social club events.

According to Andrew almost anyone can have a go at ice skating.“With the warm climate in Australia ice skating is obviously not something that most people do all the time, but it’s awesome to try new things and this festival is loads of fun, even if you’re a bit wobbly at first. It’s not that difficult really and we have professionals on hand to assist novice skaters, plus of course there are lots of other fun activities to do.”

Romantic European styling plus loads of food and beverage options make for fun “après festival” options as well. The inner city locations in all cities not only provide stunning backdrops but also immediate and easy access to public transport.

In the City Canberra CEO Jane Easthope is thrilled that this major national event is coming to Canberra.

“The addition of Canberra to the Winter Festival line up is a key achievement for the city and our surrounding region,” said Jane.

“Taking the much loved Skate in the City to a new level, Winter Festival in the City will include an ice rink and two new exciting rides including the real snow Toboggan Terror and the Giant Inflatable Ice slide. European style market stalls and a wealth of exciting entertainment options will ensure a fantastic time for all the family.”

At $22 for an adult ticket, $60 for a family pass and either $5 or $12 per child (depending on age) and with discounts for groups of 10 or more, it’s a fun, healthy and affordable activity.

Details and locations

Winter Festival in the City will be held in Garema Place, the heart of Canberra City.
Two new exciting rides, the real snow Toboggan Terror and the Giant Inflatable Ice slide, will sit alongside the ice skating rink and European style market stalls.

Getting there

Winter Festival in the City is located within easy walking distance of the Civic bus interchange. You can find out details of bus routes at action.act.gov.au.
The Canberra Centre has over 5000 parking spaces, with access to car parking along Ainslie Ave, Petrie Street and Scott’s Crossing.

There are also various open air car parking options around the City. For details go to http://au.parkopedia.com/ and search for ‘Canberra’.

Dates and times

Winter Festival in the City is running from 23 June to 17 July

Ice Rink Hours

Monday to Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm
Sunday: 9am to 7pm

Activities in Canberra

Ice Rink, Toboggan and Giant Inflatable Slide


Ice Rink:
Online/ On-site

Adult: $22/ $27

Child (5-15): $12/$18

Under 5: $8/$10

Family Pack: $60

Skate Aid: $8/$10

Other Rides:

Single Pass: $5

3 Hour Pass: $30

Website: www.winterfestival.com.au

Facebook: Facebook.com/WinterFestivalAU                                                          

Instagram: Instagram.com/WinterFestivalAU

Twitter: @WinterfestAU

Image of ‘figure skates‘ via Shutterstock


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