Parramatta Winterlight

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Parramatta Winterlight
Photograph: Ali Mousawi Photography

Get your skates on and glide into the Parramatta Winterlight festival

Embrace the chill in the air and head down to Parramatta's Prince Alfred Square for some frosty winter fun. Carve up the ice on Sydney's biggest open-air skating rink, or rug up and hit the snow play area, where you can frolic in real snow. After some fast-paced thrills? Go for a whirl on carnival rides or hit up the 28-metre-long toboggan slide. A huge illuminated Ferris wheel will also be rotating, with great views over Parramatta.

Hungry? Make sure you check out the European-inspired alpine food village, where you can feast on German bratwurst and kransky, sip on homemade soup from the Soupman or enjoy slices of pizza or gozleme. For dessert you can try a mug of warming hot chocolate or snack on those little Dutch pancakes. Kids can also get involved in free workshops including cookie decorating and craft.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there will also be DJs, and on Tuesday you can enjoy two-for-one deals from 11am and 4pm on ice skating tickets, amusement rides and food. The festival runs all throughout the July school holidays, so rug up and get down to the Parramatta Winterlight Festival.

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Had a ball skating last year - they've been putting in the rinks and rides over the last week so im super excitedddd

My pick of all of the Sydney pop up ice rinks. I've been to Winterlight every year and it just keeps getting better and better. Plenty of good food there and other places nearby. It looks like a winter fairy land.