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Published June 2nd 2014
From cool art to ice-skating, frozen gardens, wizards & more
It's not the first activity we think of when the season turns cold, but if you're not afraid of crowds, community winter festivals can be a low-cost opportunity to raise the spirits, get the blood pumping and ourselves out of the house. Listen to local buskers and musicians, take in the creations of artisans and grab a tasty morsel from a stall. Go ice-skating or down some Gluwein from a pop-up bar, dress up as a vampire or don a groovy scarf. Get away from those technology devices for a day and immerse thyself in the world.
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Street parade, Winter Magic Festival, Blue Mountains
Enjoy the ingenuous displays of light shows, light art sculptures and music events in areas of Sydney ranging from Circular Quay and the Opera House to Cockle Bay and Martin Place. The light shows on the Opera House and Customs House are major draw-cards and popular each year.
Vivid is held each year around the end of May to early June and is a free nightly experience.
Originally celebrating the winter solstice, and held annually on a Saturday close to that date, this community festival features a street parade of costumed revelers, stalls, music, street-art and various events. This year, the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival is on Saturday 21st June, 2014.
This made-for-kids annual festival features an ice-skating rink, snow-ball challenge, tobogganing, face-painting, ice-sculptures and more. With its magical garden setting it's truly wonderful for kids.
HVG typically times such big events for the school holidays. Expect it to be packed.
This year Snow Time is on Saturday 28 June – Sunday 13 July (9.00am – 9.00pm daily). Check out admission prices on the website and be aware one isn't permitted to bring food into the garden.
This is Bondi's bid to draw tourists into the area during winter. Bondi Winter Magic features an ice-rink (claimed to be the only beach-side rink in Australia), music, art and rides for children. Be aware you have to advance book for ice-skating and most events.
This year (2014) the rink operates from 27 June to 13 July (10am-9pm daily).
A music festival held in Byron Bay or surrounds each year and considered Australia's largest winter music festival.
This year, Splendour in the Grass can be enjoyed on the weekend Friday 25th-Sunday 27th July inclusive. BUT … if you haven't yet booked a ticket yet, you may have to wait till next year. Their website reports [31 May 2014] that tickets have booked out. Never mind, there's always next year! Get in early.
The Customs House light display during the Vivid Festival (2013), Sydney