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Winter events in Sydney

Baby it's cold outside! Brave the weather and enjoy these wintery things to do, or keep cosy in our list of the best ways to keep warm this season

Photograph: Sydney Winter Garden

The temperature has dropped and the days are shorter, but there’s no need to panic. Winter in Sydney needn’t mean jetting off to warmer climes; June, July and August bring with it some of the best festivals of the year, including Sydney Film Festival, Vivid Festival of Light, Music and Ideas, the Rocks Aroma Festival, and lots of pop-up ice-skating rinks around the city. Make the most of winter with our comprehensive guide to what’s on this season. 

Keep cosy

Escape rooms in Sydney
Things to do

Escape rooms in Sydney

The concept is simple: solve a variety of puzzles placed in and around the room before your allotted time runs out. Each room has a different theme and stimulates all senses, demanding a variety of problem-solving skills. Time Out took the challenge of visiting nine rooms in the city. Whether we got out in time? Well, that's a different matter.

The best pubs with fireplaces in Sydney
Bars

The best pubs with fireplaces in Sydney

Keep warm and cosy at these pubs and boozers with fireplaces. 

The best hot chocolate in Sydney
Restaurants

The best hot chocolate in Sydney

Like heat? Like chocolate? Lucky you – we scoured the streets of Sydney to find the best hot chocolates in town. And we're still on a jittery sugar high. From thick and rich to smooth and creamy, these five drinks will make any winter's day a whole lot sweeter.

The best spas in Sydney
Health and beauty

The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time, Sydney's palaces of self-rejuvenation have you covered. So book it, bring a magazine and prepare to bliss out.

What's on around town

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

To celebrate Opera Australia’s 60th anniversary, Dame Julie Andrews is heading to Sydney in 2016 to direct a 60th anniversary production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical My Fair Lady – the latest co-production between Opera Australia and producer John Frost (following South Pacific, The King and I and the Helpmann Award-winning Anything Goes, soon to open in Sydney). A 21-year-old Andrews starred as heroine Eliza Doolittle in the original Broadway production of 1956. It was the role that put her on the map (earning her first Tony Award nomination) and led to her iconic roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. A reimagining of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, My Fair Lady charts Doolittle’s transformation from a street hawker to a society lady, under the tutelage of phonetics professor Henry Higgins. Casting for Andrews’ My Fair Lady is TBA, with the star travelling to Sydney in November 2015 to begin the process. We can confirm, however, that the production will feature the original costume designs of Cecil Beaton, who won two Oscars for the costume design and set decoration of the 1964 film adaptation. Opera Australia artistic director Lyndon Terracini and John Frost travelled to Andrews’ home outside of New York city to seal the deal for My Fair Lady. “We spent a day with her in her house, she made lunch – it was so wonderful," says Terracini. "She’s really lovely – what you see in The Sound of Music, that’s who she is! She’s really excited about d

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