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A magical snow-covered winter village is coming to Federation Square

Nic Dowse

Melbourne is one of Australia’s cooler cities (in more ways than one), but it’s still pretty rare to see snow within the city limits. That’s changing this winter, though, with Federation Square set to become a frosty winter wonderland.

From May until August, the Skyline Terrace at Federation Square (the roof of the Fed Square car park) will be home to the Winter Village: a (faux) snow-covered pop-up bar inspired by European winter markets. The pop-up will be surrounded by snowy pine trees à la the Black Forest, while inside guests can enjoy an ice skating rink, toasty warm igloo village and a mega igloo where it snows (inside!) every hour.

A transparent igloo at the Winter Village
Guests at the Winter Village can book their own cosy igloo
Photograph: Supplied

You can stave off the winter chill at Feast Kitchen and Sip Bar. There will be winter-themed treats perfect keeping warm, or you can book a private igloo and get an inclusive food and beverage package. The Winter Village is also open until late on Fridays and Saturdays so you can really chill out with local DJs and after-dark events.

The Winter Village is free to enter and is open every day from May until August. The full line-up of events will be released in late April.

You can also book your own private igloo at the Auburn Hotel.

White Night is also moving to winter – and will no longer run all night.

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