Event Guide to Winter Festivals, Ice Rinks & Snow Fun!

While we don’t experience a snowy winter in Sydney, there’s no reason why you and the kids can’t enjoy some fun this winter! There are many places in the city and suburbs that offer an ice-skating experience throughout the year, and even more rinks that ‘pop up’ just for a rollicking great time in winter. We’ve listed them here.

Rinks just for winter fun!

1. Winterfest at Luna Park

lunapark_winterSnow is falling over Luna Park during the school holidays! Strap on your skates and slide onto the ice under falling snowflakes at the outdoor ice rink! There’s no need to pre-book a session time and skating is FREE with your Unlimited Rides or Annual Pass. Plus you can dig-in to the German-themed food and beverage offering. Warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate, snack on a large pretzel or devour a bratwurst with sauerkraut on a delish roll!

  • Where: Luna Park, Milsons Point
  • When: Saturday 1 July – Sunday 16 July
  • Cost: Included in your annual pass or unlimited rides ticket
  • More information and tickets: Winterfest

2. Skating at Cathedral Square

ice-skating-st-marys-cathedralFeel the cold air on your face and the ice below your toes on Australia’s largest open-air ice-skating rink. And when you’re finished mastering your figure eights, you can enjoy all the traditional European culinary delights nearby as well as captivating entertainment for the whole family. Skating at Cathedral Square is a wonderful event that allows all ages to experience the magical delights of winter traditions.

  • Where: Outside St Mary’s Cathedral, St Marys Road, Sydney
  • When: Friday 23 June – Sunday 16 July
  • Times: Monday – Thursday: 10am-8pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-10pm, Sunday 9am-8pm
  • Cost: From $12 (children 5- 15 years) for a 50-minute session
  • More info and tickets: Skating at Cathedral Square

3. Bondi Winter Magic

3.BONDIICEAustralia’s only beachside ice rink! Skate in the sunshine, or under the stars at night – it’s an exhilarating experience. Skating sessions start on the hour and go for 45 minutes. There are even 45-minute skating lessons during the week.Also for the first time get a birds eye view of the iconic Bondi Beach from a 32 metre high ferris wheel.

  • Where: Outside Bondi Pavilion, Bondi
  • When: Friday 30 June to Sunday 16 July
  • Times: 10am to 9pm daily
  • Cost: Toddler: $12 (needs to skate with a parent or older sibling), Child 5-13 years $18, Adult 14 yrs & above $22, Family 2 adults + 2 children $69, Penguin Hire $8
  • More info and tickets: Bondi Ice Rink

4. Parramatta Winterlight Ice Rink

4.PARRAMATTACome and enjoy the massive outdoor ice rink. There’s also an ice slide, a brand new snow play area and an illuminated ferris wheel! After skating, enjoy food and drinks served from the fabulous Outdoor Winter Village, including traditional hot chocolate, mulled wine, pastries, cake, bratwurst and burgers!

  • Where: Prince Alfred Square, corner Church St and Victoria Road, Parramatta
  • When: Friday 30 June – Sunday 16 July
  • Times: Sunday – Thursday: 10am-9pm, Friday to Saturday: 10am-10pm
  • Cost: Child (under 5 years): $12, Junior (5-13 years): $18, Adult (14+ years): $22, Family Special (2 adults & 2 children/juniors): $69, Penguin Hire: $8
  • More info and ticketsParramatta Winterlight

5. Snow Time in the Gardens, Hunter Valley

hunter-valley-gardens-snow-play-zoneAn icy wonderland over 3 weeks. Bring the whole family and enjoy a number of icy experiences! Exciting new rides and all your favourite activities are back, snow time play zone, ice skating, ice toboggan, inflatables, super slide, face painting plus this year a traditional carousel, ferris wheel and swing chair!

  • Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Hunter Valley
  • When: Saturday 24 June – Sunday 16 July
  • Times: Weekdays: 10am – 7pm, weekends: 10am-9pm
  • Cost: Child (4 – 15 years): $25, Adults (16+): $32, Family (2 adults, 2 children): $102. Unlimited Ride Wristband $15
  • More info and tickets: Hunter Valley Gardens

All-year-round indoor rinks

6. Macquarie Ice Rink, North Ryde

Macquarie Ice Rink is open every day (apart from Christmas day) so you can enjoy ice-skating year round. The centre offers three hours free car parking, so there is plenty of time to enjoy a social skate, learn to skate, or even hold a kid’s birthday party.

  • Where: Macquarie Shopping Centre, cnr Waterloo Rd and Herring Rd, North Ryde
  • Cost: From $22 (children under 16) for a two-hour session. There are many other classes, options etc.

7. Ice Zoo, Alexandria

Ice Zoo has the traditional skating sessions and learn to skate classes, but also ice hockey, ice fitness classes, live DJ nights and snow play for children aged under 6 years during term time!

  • Where: 689 Gardeners Road, Alexandria
  • Cost: From $18 (5 to 15 years), $20 (16+ years)

8. Sydney Ice Arena, Baulkham Hills

Sydney Ice Arena is located just five minutes from the M2 and M7 Motorways and is a really fun place to go ice-skating. It’s Olympic-sized, so there is plenty of room to strut your moves and decorated party rooms to celebrate the big day. Here, you can learn to skate, figure skate or play ice hockey. There’s even curling (probably more for the oldies!).

  • Where: 11 Solent Circuit, Baulkham Hills
  • Cost: Public skating sessions – Toddlers (under 4), $13; Children/students, $16; Adults, $20. Includes skate hire.

9. Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink, Canterbury

Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink is a not-for-profit entity that returns the income back into the operation of the ice rink. It’s well-known as the friendliest, best-value rink in town. Take a skating class, hold birthday parties, and join a house club and rink activities throughout the year. There’s also ice hockey and speed skating fun to be had.

  • Where: Phillips Ave, Canterbury
  • Cost: Prices from Toddlers (under 5), $11; Children (5-12 years), $19; Teens and Adults, $22; Family Pass, $69. Includes skate hire.

10. Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink, Prestons

Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink is located in the Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex, so head on down for a fun day of skating. From attending Learn to Skate classes with accredited coaches, or going along to a Whiteout Saturday, you are guaranteed a great time. Also consider an Ice Rink Party for your child.

  • Where: 424-458 Hoxton Park Rd, Prestons
  • Cost: Standard admissions are Children (under 15 years), $14; Adults $17

11. Penrith Ice Palace Skating Centre, Jamisontown

Penrith Ice Palace Skating Centre is an Olympic-sized arena that is perfect for general skating, plus Friday night disco’s sessions and programs to learn ice-skating under the guidance of professional coaches in skate school and ice hockey development. There is also a canteen next to the ice surface where you can sit, relax and enjoy some light refreshments, hot and cold drinks and snacks.

  • Where: 7 Patty’s Pl, Supa Centa Penrith, Jamistown
  • Cost: Toddlers (under 4), $10;  Children (17 and under), $18; Adults, $20

One off events

12. Winter Wonderland, Berowra Heights

17274761_10155939018847571_170453986_nOn Sunday 30 July, Wideview Public School is hosting its biennial Fete. This year, the fete will have a ‘Winter Wonderland’ theme, with the Hornsby Shire’s first ever synthetic ice rink taking centre stage. To add to the fun, there will also be Carnival Rides, Live Entertainment, Market & Food Stalls, Roaming Frozen characters, Kindifarm, Bouncy Castle, Moving Bodies Softplay Zone, Face Painting, Snow Cones, Fairy Floss & Popcorn & lots more!

  • Where: Wideview Public School, Wideview Road, Berowra Heights
  • When: Sunday 30 July, 10am-3pm
  • Cost: Free entry to fete. $15 for 15-min session on rink. $26 for Unlimited Rides Wristbands (4.5 hours on 10 rides).
  • More info and tickets: Book Ice-skating session and Unlimited Rides Wristband

Do you know about any other wintery events happening around Sydney? Let us know in the comments section below.Save