Winterlight draws record numbers in Prince Alfred Square

Ice-skating and snow aren’t things usually associated with Parramatta, but it is why record crowds have flocked to Winterlight in Parramatta’s Prince Alfred Square since it opened on June 30.

Now in its seventh year, all the Winterlight favourites are back, including Sydney’s largest open air ice rink, a dedicated kids’ skating area, a 28 metre-long ice slide, a 22 metre high illuminated ferris wheel and live entertainment.

Let it snow: Alec, 7, and Anna Axarelian, 5, from Stanhope Gardens loved the snow play area new to Winterlight in 2017. Picture: Geoff Jones

Let it snow: Alec, 7, and Anna Axarelian, 5, from Stanhope Gardens loved the snow play area new to Winterlight in 2017. Picture: Geoff Jones

New to the event this year is a snow play zone where you can play with real snow. Sensory-friendly workshops and quiet times were also introduced three mornings a week to make Winterlight a more accessible and inclusive space for families of all abilities.

Visitors were treated to a Disney on Ice rehearsal last week.

You have until Sunday to enjoy Winterlight.

  • Details: winterlight.com.au.

Top 6 things to do at Winterlight​

#It isn’t a visit to Winterlight without a skate on Sydney’s biggest open air rink. Tickets for 45 minute skate sessions are $22 adults, $18 for ages 5-13, $12 for ages 2-4 or $69 for a family pass.

#A beginner to ice skating? Lessons will be held on Fridays, 10am-11am during Winterlight. Cost is $39 per person and includes 1-hour skating lesson, an additional 45-minute skating session following the lesson, plus a free penguin.

#Take a ride on Sydney’s only ice slide, made entirely of ice! At 28 metres long, a toboggan down this elevated slide will get your heart racing. Cost is $4 for a single ride or three for $10.

#The kids’ creative hub is open 11am-6pm, where children of all ages can take part in free activities and workshops. They include a mini Winter Olympics, cookie decorating, arts, crafts and hot chocolate making.

#Vintage-style carnival rides including the carousel, Fantasy Flyer, Crazy Cars, Bungy, the Sizzler and Winterlight’s coaster ride. The 22m high illuminated ferris wheel is also back. All rides are between 5-10 coupons per person. Coupons can be purchased from the rides ticket hut.

#The Alpine Food Village will serve up warm delights such as homemade soup, Italian pizza, Turkish gozleme, German hot dogs, and sweet treats from Adora Chocolates and Dutch Poffertjes.

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