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Brracing, brreezy, brrilliant, wintry fun for everyone
Just because you're in Brisbane doesn't mean you have to miss out on the kinds of brrreezy, icy, wintry fun that some other Australian cities take for granted. Skating at Brisbane Festival is returning to King George Square this winter, including the winter school holidays. From 22 June to 15 July you can indulge in skating, sliding, warming drinks and delicious comfort food. You don't have to be a skating expert, just find your best beanie and most colourful scarf and head into Brisbane city to make some great winter memories.
This year's festival is bigger than ever with 24 days available to skate and slide to your heart's content. Opening hours vary, depending on the day, but on some days you'll be able to skate right up until 11pm, so you can choose to skate either under the stars or in dazzling Brisbane winter sunshine. You can also hold kids parties or corporate functions for something a little different.
While the skating rink is undoubtedly the centre of attention, you won't want to miss a fast and furious snow tube ride on The Runway, the ice slide where you can race your friends. Hardcore ice skating enthusiasts may BYO skates, but those of us whose talents lie in other directions can rent ice hockey skates as part of their experience. Just don't forget to BYO thick, warm, woolly socks - your feet will thank you for it. Kanga skate aids will also be available for those who need some balance and skating assistance, along with protection packs that include knee and elbow pads. It's also a good idea to bring a change of clothes and/or a towel. Chances are you'll end up getting just a bit wet.
Thankfully, the festival isn't just about exhilarating activities. Once you've had enough exercise, or if you prefer something a bit more relaxed, you can warm up from the inside out with a tipple or two from the popular Alpine Bar and an array of food stands will be serving up some winter favourites.
Ice skating tickets are for timed sessions of 45 minutes. Ice slide rides are not for timed sessions but will get you as many rides as you can pack into an hour, from when you take your first ride.
Prices: Full price tickets range from $20 to $28 for an ice skating session, with family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) for $90. All tickets include skate hire. Ice slide rides for an hour cost $15 per person. There is a 10% discount for groups of ten or more. Just enter the promo code GROUP10 when you book.
Extras: Function bookings are available for corporate groups. Enquiry form here. Kids Parties are also available. Enquiry form here.