Sydney Winter Festival

Warm the soul with Sydney’s annual Winter Festival, full of wonderful experiences to take your mind off the cold.

By Benjamen Judd

Sydney’s annual Winter Festival is now on, transforming one of the city’s most iconic spaces into winter-inspired extravaganzas. 

Until July 17, the gothic façade of St Mary’s Cathedral on College Street will host a chilling landscape of ice and fire. Well – ice-skating and delicious hot food and drinks. 

This year, organisers have added some extra activities to the regular ice-skating feature: 

The Powder Pit – a man-made snowfield where the kids can build snowmen, throw snowballs and just lay back and make snow-angels to their heart’s content. 

Toboggan Terror – a ride down the Snowy Mountains in the middle of the city! Toboggan terror brings the fun of a real snow toboggan ride, complete with sledges.

Giant Slide – if you’d rather something that a little less cold or wet, a giant inflatable slide could be the way to go. Great to challenge friends in a race to the bottom.


If rides aren’t your thing you’d much rather soak up some romantic ambiance, then take five in one of the private igloos. These can seat up to ten people and even be decorated to personal taste! 

Also happening throughout the Sydney Winter Festival are European-style markets and regular performances of live music. Entry into the festival itself is free, but there are costs for the various rides and activities.  

The Sydney Winter Festival is taking place at St Mary’s Cathedral, and will run until July 13.     


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