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The Alpine Winter Festival

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by Alia Tarsoo (subscribe)
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This winter, Sydneysiders are invited to come out of their hibernation and warm up with some dazzling action on the country's largest ice skating rink.

The Alpine Winter Festival, for its third consecutive year, will be held at Sydney CBD's Cathedral Square, with promise of transforming the city into a winter wonderland.

The various activities programmed for this event include an array of free ice skating which will be held every Friday, Saturday night at 6:50pm and 7:50pm and Sunday at 5:50 and 6:50pm for the Winter Festival Music Nights, breathtaking performances of Australia's finest ice skaters and numerous Alpine food stalls from different countries.

This year, the Festival's special attraction will be the country's first ever Ice Blitz Challenge, where the public will be invited to compete in an action-packed relay race in the hope of becoming the Ice Blitz Champion.

Competitors of all age and skills are welcomed. You can bring your own skate or rent them.The race begins daily (Monday- Friday) at 1 pm with final on 12 August at 4 pm.You can join the Ice Blitz Championships by sending an email to marketing@winterfestival.com.au.

Also, for the very first time, an Ice Carving Workshop will be held with experts explaining all about ice carving and if you are lucky enough, get the chance of creating your very own sculpture.

Bookings are as follows:

95 Art Gallery of NSW Member
110 Non-Member bookings or phone (02) 9225 1878 until July 31 3.30pm - 6.30pm

Another great reason why you must attend this festival is to enjoy listening to the Winter Festival accordionist, Phillipe Wittwer and indulge yourself into a European Winter mood.

The Alpine Winter Festival also raises funds for charities, and members of the The Alpine Winter Festival Facebook page are invited to vote for the charity of their choice. To vote, visit the Sydney Winter Facebook page.

Tickets are sold online here.

The Festival is located in Cathedral Place on St. Mary's Road beside St. Mary's Cathedral in the Sydney CBD. Check out this website for the best way to get there.



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Why? Enjoy ice skating and delicious winter food in Sydney..
When: 28.07.11-14.08.11
Where: Sydney CBD'S Cathedral
Cost: See website for details
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