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    Posted by Casey D'Souza July 9, 2014 - 855 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #family  #sydney    #winter  #adventure  #darling harbour 


    Winter in Sydney usually means chilly mornings and cold nights with days of mild and sunny weather. Unlike some regional areas of New South Wales, it does not snow in Sydney. The Winter Festival brings a snowy white winter to Sydney with an iconic open air ice-skating rink, a snow pit and all things wonderful and wintery as Darling Harbour is transformed into a winter playground perfect for all ages.



    Darling Harbour is home to the Cool Yule, proving to a chilly delight for all senses! Visit the Frozen Forest at the Civic Connector equipped with an array of spectacularly lit up trees and covered in white ‘snow,’ a great place to snap a magical winter selfie! Be sure to keep on the lookout for the huge cool iceberg floating in Cockle Bay as well as the gigantic snowflake that lights up at Palm Grove.



    The Cool Yule Snow Pit is also located in Darling Harbour, under Pyrmont Bridge next to the Australian Maritime Museum where anyone can build a snowman! You can even experience the delight of snow falling alongside Cockle Bay Wharf. The Ice Men visit the Harbourside Amphitheatre every night from 7pm for an Extreme Ice Show, so be sure to watch that! Every Saturday, Cockle Bay is lit up with frosty fireworks!



    The open air Ice Rink in Tumbalong Park is the highlight of the festival, where both young and old can come together and enjoy the winter sport during the day under the sun, or at night under the twinkling stars! There are even penguin skating aids for young ones who are still getting the hang of ice-skating! Sessions last 45minutes and it is best to book tickets online. There are also skating performances and Hockey shootouts that take place on the Ice Rink.



    Inflatable igloos are nearby, perfect for kids to play in and can also be hired for an afternoon or an evening or for parties! An 80ft inflatable Snow Slide from Thredbo, Australia’s Premier Alpine Resort is also beside the Ice Rink, which is great and lots of fun!



    Besides the open air Ice Rink is the Winter Festival Village, a perfect place for a break after ice skating featuring gourmet winter cuisine from food vendors including Agape Organic, Eat Art Truck, Tornado Potato, The Veggie Patch and my personal favourite the Lindt Chocolate Café.



    The Winter Festival is a great event perfect for an adventurous family day out. Be sure to stay rugged up and armed with woolly scarves and gloves to keep warm especially if you’re visiting the Festival during the night!



    Read more and feel free to ask questions about my life in Sydney via my group!