Prepare your scarfs and woolly coats because winter has officially arrived. Along with it, comes a variety of exciting winter pop-ups across Sydney.
From dining in private igloos to pop-up ice rinks, dazzling lights and new festival delights, here’s what’s on in Sydney this winter.
Sydney winter pop-ups
Igloos on the Pier
Back for another year are Pier One Sydney Harbour’s Igloos on the Pier. From now until 29 August, these luxe waterside pop-up igloos will provide a particularly dreamy spot to dine this winter.
Designed by Instagram influencer Tara Milk Tea, the cosy hangouts are draped plush furnishings and feature a Cherry Blossom theme this year with light-up trees surrounding the space with a soft whimsical glow.
Groups can hire out the igloo for two and a half hours at either lunch, afternoon or evening. As part of the experience, they can then choose between a menu of canapes, sumptuous grazing boards or a barbecue with a private chef. As for drinks, there will be a selection of classic cocktails alongside champagne, wine, and beer. Those that book an evening Igloo session can extend their stay overnight in the luxury suite for two people and enjoy breakfast the following morning.
For session times and pricing visit pieronesydneyharbour.com.au/igloo-on-the-pier.
Available daily from 12pm from now until 29 August at Pier One Sydney Harbour.
Cargo Bar Winter Igloos
An alternative waterfront igloo option is at Cargo Bar in Darling Harbour. Groups of two to eight guests can book the fairy light domes for 90 minutes at $59 a head which covers food and bottomless drinks (beer or wine).
On the menu are mac and cheese balls, birria tacos, buffalo wings and Margherita pizza. Guests can also opt to indulge in a $10 Espresso Martini upon their arrival.
Available between Thursday, 17 June and Sunday, 26 September from 12pm. Book at the Cargo Bar website.
The Winery Winter Igloos
More pop-up igloos can be found at The Winery in Surry Hills, nestled in the wine bar’s winter Wonderland-themed garden.
Each igloo holds up to eight guests, with a minimum booking of four, and offers n intimate setting to sip on cocktails and graze. On the menu are marinated olives, Sydney rock oysters, crispy spinach, ricotta and pine nut ravioli, The Winery Sausage Roll, baked Camembert with grilled sourdough and a Triple Chocolate Brownie.
The experience costs $59 per person or $89 per person with two hours of bottomless drinks.
Available between 8 June and 26 September from 12pm. Book at The Winery website.
Bondi Festival Ice Rink and Ferris Wheel
The Bondi Festival 2021 will hit the shores of Sydney’s famous beach from 25 June until 11 July.
The arts festival for all ages will also see the return of its famous winter ice rink. Open between 10am and 9pm daily (last session 8pm), the pop-up ice rink will have ice skates of all sizes and push along penguins for the little ones. Next to it will be the Bondi Vista Ferris Wheel offering 360-degree views.
The Bondi Festival Ice Rink and Ferris Wheel will be open from 25 June – 11 July for all ages. Check here for prices and the full Bondi Festival schedule.
Winter Truffle Laneway at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel
Truffle lovers… this one is for you. For two nights, the Bulletin Place laneway is being transformed into a pop-up truffle garden lounge featuring a range of delicacies and drinks, masterclasses, a gourmet truffled product stall and a truffle hunt. Expect delights from Michelin Star-trained chef Raphael Szurek, The Truffle Farm and The Gourmet Truffle Store.
Available on Thursday and Friday 8-9 July 2021 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at Bulletin Place Laneway. Find more details on their Facebook Event.
Winter festivals and events
Sydney Solstice is a shiny new 13-day festival coming to Sydney this winter. Dreamt up by the state government and Destination NSW, the festival aims to help revive local tourism after the year that was 2020.
From 8-20 June, over 200 different experiences will be on offer across four precincts: the CBD, Darling Harbour, Oxford Street, and Newtown and the Inner West.
Highlights include “The Queens Feast” at Town Hall hosted by Heaps Gay with some big culinary names and a dress code of red, blacks, leathers and lace; a midnight feast at Mr. Wong; a warehouse party at the Museum of Contemporary Art hosted by the Ministry of Sound; Sydney’s first-ever country and western festival; and a variety of live music performances with The Metro Theatre opening its doors for seven consecutive nights of epic live gigs.
Those who aren’t into the music scene can partake in an Aboriginal Sky Dreaming Cruise or a moonlight kayaking tour of Sydney Harbour. While families will have a ball at Darling Harbour which will be set up as a family-friendly winter wonderland. A giant arctic ice slide and themed harbourside ice-skating rink will also be installed by Cockle Bay.
Sydney Solstice will run from Tuesday 8 June – Sunday 20 June at various locations. See the full program for Sydney Solstice here – there are both free and ticketed events.
Parramatta Winter Village
This winter Parramatta will welcome The Winter Village, a pop-up event that has set up in Melbourne annually for years.
The Winter Village celebrates all things frosty with an ice rink, igloo dining and food and drink pop-ups serving up plenty of comfort food to keep your hands and your insides warm. There will even be ‘snow’ showers to set the scene of winter even more.
Dates are yet to be announced but be sure to stay tuned so you can book in a private igloo or an idyllic Brunch & Skate session.
Vivid Sydney 2021
This round-up wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Vivid Sydney 2021. After a year off, Vivid will make its much-anticipated return to the city from 6 August to 28 August.
Expect a kaleidoscope of new light installations at Circular Quay, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour and Luna Park. As well as celebrity talks and eclectic live music and shows. In this article, we’ve covered everything you need to know about Vivid Sydney 2021.
Running from Friday 6 August to Saturday 28 August. See the full Vivid 2021 schedule and book event tickets here.