There is a plough full of events in and around Sydney celebrating winter that are perfect for families and will see you negotiating your way through the school holidays like Torah Bright.
Darling Harbour has already kicked off the season with The Winter Festival last weekend. Main features include ice hockey shootouts, figure skating performances, and the Cool Yule Snow Pit. There’s also a 25 metre inflatable snow slide at Tumbalong Park.
Igloos and an open air ice-skating rinks are popping up everywhere from the forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral to Parramatta and out to Bathurst. Even Cronulla and Bondi locals are swapping boards for boots to carve it up at the ice-skating rinks.
Further out preparations are being finalised in the Hunter Valley Gardens which, starting Saturday, will be a Winter Wonderland with event ‘Snow Time in the Garden’. For three weeks there will be 13 snow related activities on offer from a giant Snow Globe to Husky Racing Demonstrations, and amazing ice sculptures carved from scratch.
Also on this Saturday is the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba. The Festival is a free, annual community event, celebrated around the Winter solstice (June 22) where the whole town becomes a performance space featuring artists, musicians, dancers, drummers and choirs. The streets are lined with market stalls and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume.
wintergarden.com.au around Sydney
Snow Time in the Garden Hunter Valley