Sydney Winter Festival

Things to do, Ice skating
Ice skating rink outside St Mary's Cathedral
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Glide across the ice, outdoors and in the heart of the city

For 18 days in winter, St Mary’s Cathedral is home to a European-style Winter Festival – a hub of cold weather activities like ice-skating and toboggan rides with hearty food stalls selling mulled wine, German sausages and Belgian waffles.

You can book ice-skating tickets in advance or on the door, prices start from $22 for an adult ticket and $12 for a child (5-15 years). But the open-air ice rink is just the beginning – the Winter Festival has private igloos that you can book, including food service from Sake Restaurant & Bar, the Cut Bar & Grill, Café Ananas, Munich Brauhaus and the Argyle. 

They’ve got something called ‘Toboggan Terror’ and you can hire inflatable Zorb balls to walk on water in the Cathedral’s outdoor water feature. There’s live music every night, plus a Munich Brauhaus Pop-up Bier Hall, and a powder machine that’ll create falling snow. Winter, we’re starting to like your style.


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