Just because it doesn’t snow in Sydney, doesn’t mean we have to miss out on après-ski activities, toasty fires, warming drinks or even a white Christmas! Here are a few places around town where you can experience a winter wonderland this year.
Air Canada Ice Rink, Cathedral Square
The Skating At Festival has partnered with Air Canada to bring Sydney the Air Canada Ice Rink. From 28 June to 21 July, you can strap on your skates and carve up the ice in front of the beautiful St Mary’s Cathedral. Post-skate, check out the Winter Market for a feed, or warm up at the Maple Leaf Bar.
If you’re not in Sydney, the Skating At ice rink will be popping up in other cities around Australia this year too, including Perth, Mandurah, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane. Plus, Air Canada will be running an Instagram competition for the duration of the festival and giving away return flights to Vancouver to some lucky winners in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Find out more: skatingat.com.au
Air Canada Ice Rink
St Marys Road, Cathedral Square, Sydney, 2000
28 June – 21 July 2019
Yule Fest, Blue Mountains
The Blue Mountains is beautiful at any time of the year, but in winter, it’s truly magical. Confusingly (for Australians), as the temperature plummets, the Christmas cheer escalates thanks to the long-running Yulefest. The winter festival is celebrated throughout the area, with most restaurants, cafes and shops putting on Christmas-themed specials. Hotels like the Hydro Majestic in Medlowbath, the Carrington in Katoomba and Fairmont Resort & Spa in Leura host traditional Christmas dinners – to be enjoyed after warming up by a roaring fire with a drink in hand, of course. And, if you’re there at the right time, you might even see a flurry of snow in town!
Find out more: visitnsw.com
Various locations throughout July
Winterfest, Luna Park
Kids will love Winterfest at Luna Park, running from 5 July to 22 July this year. Throughout the school holidays, the iconic theme park will be home to an ice rink, plus there’ll be snowfalls, winter tunes and winter food and drinks! Think treats like roasted chestnuts and gingerbread caramel spiced popcorn! What’s more is Santa will pay a visit every day, making Winterfest a great idea for kids who want to experience a cold Christmas.
Find out more: lunaparksydney.com
Luna Park Sydney
1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, 2061
5 July – 22 July 2019
Glamping at the Winery, Surry Hills
Escape the biting chill in the air with some help from Surry Hills’ the Winery. The popular laneway wine bar has transformed into a charming bohemian-inspired winter wonderland, complete with private teepees! Book a teepee for up to 12 people and cosy up with a glass (or two) of Jacobs Creek wine paired with some honey-roasted camembert with fig jam, French onion and gruyere cheese on toasted sourdough or olive tapenade and vegan almond ricotta on crisp toast. Better yet, fire up the raclette station and dip vegetables, skewers and bread into some oozy, warm cheese. The Winery’s winter cheese, wine and glamping packages are available until the end of the season.
Find out more: thewinerysurryhills.com.au
285a Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010
Igloos on the Pier, Pier One
Who says you have to travel all the way to Finland or Canada to sleep in an igloo? Pier One in Walsh Bay has brought back its popular winter igloo pop-ups, available until 31 August. This year the luxury hotel has added specially themed igloos, such as the Snow Globe (featuring a snow machine, wintery lighting and floor cushions), the Gantry Dining Igloo (a private and intimate dining experience from the hatted-restaurant the Gantry) as well as the Dream Igloo Suite (where you can sleep under the stars in the transformed Harbour View Balcony Suite). The popular Hot Tub Igloo returns this year, as do the Winter Luxe Igloos.
Find out more: pieronesydneyharbour.com.au
Pier One Sydney Harbour
11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, 2000
17 May – 31 August 2019
Après-ski chalets, Bungalow 8 and Untied
Popular wharf-side bars, Bungalow 8 and Untied, have transformed into the ultimate après-ski destinations. Bungalow 8, which usually sports a tropical theme, now features a retro ski lodge design, complete with faux-fires, stacked timber and cosy throws. Enjoy a hearty meal from the Woodlands Cabin menu, paired with a warming winter-themed Grey Goose cocktail.
Neighbouring rooftop bar Untied has also taken on a luxe ski resort theme, with a new winter menu and cocktails to match.
3 Lime Street
King Street Wharf, 2000
Level 4, Exchange Place
400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, 2000