Winter has never been more exciting in Sydney with the next CBD, Parramatta, hosting a major winterlight festival everyday from 30th of June 2017 – 16th of July 2017. Take your family this school holiday to Sydney’s largest outdoor ice rink where they can skate, eat and play all day long.
Featuring a large “Open Air” ice skate field and an small “Undercover” kid’s only rink beside it, your children will be able to experience the joy of winter without heading to the snowy mountain this season. There are also fun rides to hop on if your legs get tired and a food village with food stalls opened should you need to to refill some energy.
Learn To Skate!
There are times when you wish you knew how to skate, that is; the moment you stepped onto an ice rink and wondering what the heck are you doing there in the first place. Well, now is the time to do something about it and you can take your kids along too!
Yes, at this year’s winterlight, there will be skate lessons available every Friday throughout the entire festival period. These classes will be run by coaches who are fully accredited by the Australian Sports Commission.
Dates / Time: Every Friday 10am-11am (until end of festival)
Cost Of Lesson: $39 per person
- 1 hour Lesson
- includes a FREE penguin (Skate Assistant)
- extra skate practice sessions (45 mins)
SmoothFM Ice Rink
The large ice field will be getting plenty of action this winter, thanks to the SmoothFM Ice Rink. There will be sessions which goes for 45 minutes and that should be more than enough time to get those cold feet warm again.
- Child (Under 5 years): $10
- Junior (5-13 years): $18
- Adult (14 years and above): $22
- Family Special (2 Adults & 2 Children/Juniors): $60
- Penguin Hire: $8
Kids Ice Rink
This covered ice rink will certainly generate lots of noise this winter for any children under 12 years old. There will be a number of 20 mins sessions running throughout this day and night event.
20 min session (starts every 1/2 hr)
- Child (includes FREE Penguin): $15
- Adults not allowed to skate in this rink *
* Parents / Guardians may accompany their child onto the ice with shoes at no extra cost.
Get On The Slide!
There will be a 28 metre ice slide where your little ones can experience the thrill of sliding down the slippery ice surface. Watch with a smile as your kids slides down safely with excitement that they can only experience in Parramatta this festive season.
Cost: $4 per ride
Special Deal: $10 for 3 rides
Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
Your children would love to build one too! At winter light Parramatta this year, there will be a snow play area where kids can play with real snow.
Cost: $12 for 20 mins
* New session starts every 30 mins
Away From The Ice
If ice skating isn’t your thing or you just need some time off the ice, then you may happy to know that there are many other activities that you can do with your loved ones.
Get those heart beats pumping by jumping on some of the most exciting rides including the Fantasy Flyer, Carousel, Bungy, The Sizzler, Crazy Cars, and the Winterlights Coaster Ride.
Ride tickets available from ticket hut
$1 = 1 coupon
$25 = 30 coupons
$50 = 60 coupons
* All Rides starts from 5 coupons per person
Day & Night Ferris Wheel
Admire the Parramatta City like never before with breathtaking views from 22 metres high off ground. This huge ferris wheel will be operating day and night to ensure you enjoy the best scenery from above.
Grab A Feed!
Sit, relax and taste some of the finest food stalls in the alpine food village. Indulge yourself with warm and comforting European inspired winter foods including Soupman’s homemade soup, Germany style hot dogs, turkish gozleme, Italian pizza and then finish off with some hot chocolate and other sweet treats from the Adora stall.
Kids Creative Workshop
FREE workshops will be held daily from 11am to 6pm. There will be lots of fun and different craft activities running throughout the day including cookie decoration, sand art, snowflake making, winter olympics, cotton ball penguin, making hot chocolate and more.
Date and Time
- Everyday from July 1st to July 16th
- 11am to 6pm
There is also a creative corner for young ones to do some colouring and story book reading outside of workshop hours. Click here for the full workshop schedule
There will no lions, tigers or a hero jumping out of the rocket, but if you enjoy testing your balance and coordination, then you’re going to love this playground. Both adults and kids can practice their hands on some juggling acts, spinning the plates, balancing things and stilts.
Date and Time
- July 1st, 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th
- 12pm to 4pm
Where & When
Address: Prince Alfred Square, 353D Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150
Date and time:
From June 30th to July 16th
Cost of entry: FREE
For more details: http://www.winterlight.com.au
So what are you waiting for?
Make sure you head down to the Prince Alfred Square @ Parramatta this winter and have some family fun.