Event Guide: Winter Festivals, Ice Rinks & Snow Fun in Sydney

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Ice skating at Bondi!

Winter is here, so embrace it! There’s lots of fun events happening around Sydney in 2022 – pop up ice skating rinks, inflatable igloos, toboggan runs, snow tubes, ice slides & more. Check out this amazing events guide to Winter Festivals around Sydney.


Use the quicklinks below to find all the Winter Festivals in Sydney this year!

Pop-up Ice Rinks

Winter Festivals in Sydney

Winter Festivals in Greater NSW

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Pop-up Ice Rinks!

The Canopy, Lane Cove

Skate into winter during the July school holidays at Lane Cove’s first ever ice-skating rink!    Made with SlickIce synthetic ice and designed to feel like real ice-skating, the ice rink will be open daily from  Saturday 9 July – Sunday 17 July, 10am – 8pm in the square at The Canopy.   

As well as ice-skating, join them for other Winter in the Village events including Stars on Ice, a magical ice-skating show, plus live music in The Canopy and  a free film screening of The Bad Guys (PG).

  • Where: The Canopy, Lane Cove
  • When: Saturday 9 July to Sunday 17 July
  • Times: 10am to 8pm daily
  • Cost: Child 5 years and under: $10, Child (6-17 years): $17, Adult (18+ years): $20
  • More info

Taronga on Ice

Resist the urge to hibernate this winter and have a WILD time at Taronga Zoo Sydney’s new open-air, pop-up ice rink – Taronga On Ice. Kicking off Saturday 2 July and running for the duration of the winter school holidays, this all-ages event is perfect for the entire family!  A spin around on the ice not only gives you the chance to learn about the challenges facing Little Penguins in the wild, but also support the Zoo’s vital conservation efforts. 

  • Where: Taronga Zoo, Mosman
  • When: Saturday 2 July to Sunday 17 July
  • Times: 10am to 8pm daily
  • Cost: Child 2-4 years: Free, Child (5-15 years): $23, Adult (16+ years): $28
  • More info

Ice Skating Spectacular, Pittwater

Ice Skating Spectacular is back in Pittwater! Check out their huge 30mx8m pop-up ice skating rink on the Northern Beaches these school holidays! Saturday 9 July and every day until Sunday 17 July (inclusive). 45-minute sessions run every hour from 11am – 9pm daily. Suitable for all ages (kids under 4yrs must be accompanied by an adult). It’s not just for kids, but great fun for the whole family, the work team or your local sporting group.

  • Where: Pittwater RSL Club, 82 Mona Vale Road, Mona Vale
  • When: Saturday 9 July to Sunday 17 July
  • Times: 11am-9pm
  • Cost: Child (5-14 years): $15, Adult: $20, Parent Package (4 years and under with parent): $18, Penguin skating aid: $5
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    Bondi Festival Ice Rink

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    Bondi Festival

    Nothing says Winter like taking the family for a skate at Australia’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. Also get a birds eye view of the iconic Bondi Beach from Bondi Vista, a 22-metre high ferris wheel. Check out all the other events happening at Bondi Festival and make a day of it with Me Snot Bottom’s Stinky Show, Task York: Trash Talk and more.

    • Where: Forecourt of Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Beach
    • When: Friday 1 July to Sunday 17 July
    • Times: 10am to 9pm daily
    • Cost: Under 4 yrs: $15 (needs to skate with a parent or older sibling), Child 5-14 years: $20, Adult 15 yrs & above: $25, Penguin Hire: $8
    • More info and tickets

    Parramatta Winterlight Ice Rink

    Parramatta Winterlight Ice Rink

    Come and enjoy Sydney’s largest open-air ice-skating rink, a dedicated skating rink for kids, a large illuminated Ferris wheel and a fun ice-slide! Winterlight is free to enter and enjoy, however, tickets are required for ice-skating and some of the rides. There will be plenty of food and drinks to enjoy with warm winter treats on offer including soup, wood-fired pizza, Indian curries, as well as poffertjes.

    Get your thrill on the Winterlight ice slide, made entirely of ice! At 30 metres long, a ride down this elevated slide is definitely set to get your heart racing.

    • Where: Prince Alfred Square, corner Church St and Victoria Road, Parramatta
    • When: 19 August 2022
    • Times: Details coming soon
    • More info

    Winter Festivals in Sydney

    Greenwood Hotel Snow Festival

    Greenwood Hotel, in partnership with North Sydney Council and Greenwood Plaza, are proud to present Snow Festival 2022! You’ve seen half pipes, igloos and countless tonnes of snow… but this year Greenwood Hotel is kicking it up a gear! Experience the biggest ice rink North Sydney has ever seen.

    Join Greenwood Hotel from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 July for free ice skating, 100 tonnes of real snow, figure skating performances, food and beverage specials, live music and much more!

    • Where: Greenwood Hotel, North Sydney
    • When: 19-30 July
    • Time: Monday to Friday: 10am-3pm & 4pm-9pm | Saturday: 10am-1pm
    • Cost: Free
    • More info

    Vivid Sydney

    One of the most anticipated Winter Festivals in Sydney, Vivid Sydney warms the soul of our city with light artistsmusic makers and brilliant thinkers. Spark your sense of wonder and come out to play as Sydney transforms into a playground of the unexpected. Watch the amazing light projections, listen to the Vivid LIVE sessions at the Sydney Opera House and get the noggin ticking at one of the many public talks, seminars and workshops.

    • Where: Various locations across Sydney
    • When: Friday 27 May – Saturday 18 June
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    Bastille Festival

    French-inspired winter festival in Sydney bringing the best food, wine and art in the heart of Sydney since 2012. Dig your beret out of the cupboard and get ready to join them for our 4-day French food, wine and art revolution, the likes of which Sydney has never seen before! Enjoy The Parisian Foodie Village at Customs House, Melted Cheese Igloos out the front of Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Rocks Christmas in July Village.

    • Where: Circular Quay and The Rocks
    • When: Thursday 14 July – Sunday 17 July
    • Time: 3-9pm
    • Cost: Free entry
    • More info

    Chill Fest 2022, Campbelltown

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    Chill Fest, Campbelltown

    Koshigaya Park will come alive with the magic of winter this July school holidays with the brand new Chill Fest winter festival. Come along for lots of fun activities and entertainment for the whole family including amusement rides, an open-aired ice skating rink, light shows, marshmallow toasting, food trucks, Alpine Winter Markets, roving performers, open fires, realistic snow fall and much more.

    • Where: Koshigaya Park, Cnr of Hurley St & Camden Rd, Campbelltown
    • When: Friday 1 July – Sunday 17 July
    • Times: Fridays & Saturdays, 11am-11pm, Sunday to Thursday, 11am-10pm
    • Cost: TBA
    • More info and tickets

      Winter Festivals in Regional NSW

      Snow Time in the Garden, Hunter Valley

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      Snow Time in the Garden, Hunter Valley

      Glide on the giant ice skating rink, slide down our mega ice toboggan and build a snowman in our man-made Snow Play Zone. Enjoy the awesome rides, at this awesome Winter festival on the North Shore. Rides include the Super Slide, 25 metre Ferris Wheel, speedy Swing Chair and traditional Venetian Carousel. Plus, roving entertainment, hearty food and warming beverages.

      • Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, Broke Road, Hunter Valley
      • When: Saturday 25 June – Sunday 24 July
      • Times: Daily: 10am – 6pm
      • Cost: Child 3 and under: free, Child (4 – 15 years): $26, Adults (16+): $35, Family (2 adults, 2 children): $110, Family (2 adults, 1 child) $90 Extra Child with Family Pass $23.
      • More info and tickets

      Winter Magic Festival, Katoomba

      This winter festival just outside Sydney is fun for the whole family. Enjoy street food, music, artisanal markets and performances setting the laneways alight. Local businesses in the main street of Katoomba participate in hosting the local area’s amazing musicians. Settle in with a mulled wine or hot chocolate and experience the sound of Blue Mountains Magic.

      • Where: Katoomba
      • When: Saturday 26 – Sunday 27 August
      • Cost: Free
      • More info

        Bathurst Winter Festival

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        Bathurst Winter Festival

        Come and celebrate and journey to the Bathurst Winter Festival. Historic buildings will come alive through static and interactive illuminations, every night from sundown. The all ages Winter Playground is the place for fun, amusement and adventure day or night. Packed with the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink, ferris wheel, two storey carousel and an evening light show there is no better place to experience winter than right here.

        • Where: McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink
        • When: Saturday 2 July to Sunday 17 July
        • Times: Daily: 10am – 6pm
        • Cost: Toddler 2-5 years: $8, Children 6-14: $12, Adult 15+: $15, Skating aid: $8
        • More info and tickets

          Permanent Ice Rinks

          Macquarie Ice Rink, North Ryde

          Macquarie Ice Rink

          Macquarie Ice Rink is open every day (apart from Christmas day) so you can enjoy ice-skating year round, but you will need to check their website for session times. 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, corner Waterloo Rd and Herring Rd, North Ryde
          • Cost: Child under 5 (with a paying adult): $10, Child (under 16): $25, Students: $26, Adults: $27 for a two-hour session. $5 skate hire.
          • More info & tickets

          Ice Zoo, Alexandria

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          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: Toddler (2-4yrs): $10, Child (5-15yrs): $20, Adults (16+): $22, Family: $60, penguin hire: $8
          • More info & tickets

          Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink, Canterbury

          Canterbury Olympic Ice Rink

          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: Child (under 5): $16; Child (5-15 years): $24, 16+ and Adults: $267 Family Pass: $80. Includes skate hire
          • More info & tickets

          Liverpool Catholic Club Ice Rink, Prestons

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          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 Ice Disco on Friday ro Saturday night, you are guaranteed a great time. Also consider an Ice Rink Party for your child.

          • Where: 424-458 Hoxton Park Rd, Prestons
          • Cost: Child (under) 4: $12, Child (5-14 yrs): $19, Adults: $22, Family pass: $66
          • More info & tickets

          Penrith Ice Palace Skating Centre, Jamisontown

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          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: Supa Centre Penrith, 7 Pattys Place, Jamisontown
          • Cost: Toddlers (3-4 years): $15, Child (5-17 years) $23, Adults: $25, Family pass: $85
          • More info & tickets

          Want even more ideas for things to do with the kids these Winter school holidays on Sydney’s North Shore?

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