Prince Alfred Square is once again the location for the annual Winterlight Festival in Parramatta, back for 17 days of wintery fun and family-friendly activities. It's a touch of Europe meets Sydney with a wonderland of ice, snow and wonderful warming food.
The picturesque heritage grounds will see the SmoothFM open-air ice rink return, featuring a spectacular opening night ice show with champion skaters in dazzling costumes and performances, along with entertainment from various singers.
There's so much on this year, with the following to enjoy:-
Outdoor heaters on stands at tables and benches will keep you somewhat warm, day and night.
Check the website for all the dates and times of the various activities so that you don't miss out. Whilst the ice shows, entertainment and kid's hub workshops are free, ice skating is from $10, penguin hire is $8, learn to skate classes are $39, a snow play 20 minute session is $12, toboggan rides are $4 per ride or $10 for 3 rides, themed nights are from $10 and carnival rides are $1 for 1 coupon, $25 for 30 coupons or $50 for 60 coupons. On Tuesdays, there are 2 for 1 deals to enjoy that also include meal combo deals.
On 9 July you can get out of the cold by dropping into the nearby Riverside Theatres and taking in a wintry movie. Happy Feet, Everest and Eddie the Eagle are screening with session prices at $12.
Last but not least, St Patrick's Cathedral across the road will light up for part of the festival (until 9 July) with light animations and messages of hope projected onto the facade of the building.
Winterlight is open day and night for you to skate, eat and play from 5pm on opening night and thereafter Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm and Fri-Sun 10am-11pm. Entry is free.
Wear your winter woollies, grab a hot chocolate and have a magical time!