It's worth braving the cold for these winter wonders.
With VIVID Sydney coming to a close, and chilly temperatures settling in, it seems winter has well and truly arrived. Maybe we should just go into hibernation now!
While it's tempting to stay indoors, there's just too much going on. Sydney and surrounds have some amazing festivals on the way, and Sydney Mums Group has compiled a list of THE most family-friendly events this winter. Grab your diaries, as you won't want to miss these dates...
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1) Pie FEST - Southern Highlands Dates: Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th of June, 2018
Where: Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, 460 Kangaloon Rd, Bowral
Why: Nothing's better as a winter warmer than a meat pie...
As part of the Pie Time celebrations, throughout the month of June, cafes and restaurants in the Southern Highlands will be showcasing their best pie wares. To round out the month, there will be a full weekend of baked pastry goods - a festival offering a Best Pie competition, market stalls, food and wine, children's activities and loads of family fun.
2) Yulefest - The Blue Mountains Dates: Festival packages available June - Aug, 2018
Where: Various attractions and hospitality locations in the Blue Mountains
Why: Celebrate Christmas in June, July AND August
If you want that true winter experience, without going all the way to the snowfields, there's no better place than the Blue Mountains. Venues full of old-world charm, will be offering the full Christmas in July experience, with food and accommodation deals. There'll be log fires, Yule fare, singalongs, and perhaps even Santa, or maybe even snow!
3) Winterlight - Parramatta Dates: Friday 6th - Sunday 22nd of July, 2018
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Why: For your winter wonderland fix...
What better place than the geographical centre of Sydney, to play host to the city's largest open-air ice rink! And with a special kids only rink for the little ones, thereís something for everyone at this chilly winter festival. Like something out of a European Christmas, there'll be an Alpine Village hosting warm food fare, as well as rides (including tobogganing!), live music and FREE activities .
4) Snow Time in the Garden - Hunter Valley Dates: Saturday 30th of June - Sunday 22nd of July, 2018
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Why: A trip to the snow, within 2hrs drive of the city
No one does seasonal festivities like the Hunter Valley Gardens and now its winter, it's Snow Time! The emphasis here is on ACTIVITIES and RIDES. There'll be ice-skating, ice-tobogganing and a 9D snow adventure, like none you've ever experienced in this sunburnt country. And if you'd love to build your own snowman, this is the place to be, with a Snow Play Zone!
Okay, I'll admit I'm not 100% sure of the relevance of holding a medieval festival in winter, but hey, why not? It looks to be tremendous fun! Winterfest will play host to jousting, archery, ye olde crafts, cooking and games. There's something for all ages, so take a step back in time - the middle ages are calling...
6) Winter Magic - Bondi Dates: Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th of July, 2018
Where: Various locations, Bondi
Why: A huge programme of wintery events...
For those in the Eastern suburbs, Bondi is the best place to be this winter. There's the new Bondi Vista ferris wheel, offering 360 degree views of the Beach from a 22 metre height! There'll also be an ice-rink, history walks, art trails, yoga, music, feasting, books and the City2Surf. Talk about an action-packed events calendar to entice you back to the beach!
Whatever you do this winter, don't let the cold put you off. Rug up in your winter woollies and get amongst it. No one does a southern hemisphere winter fest like Sydney!
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