Ice rinks are pretty much the closest things to a real wintery wonderland Sydneysiders are going to get. Lucky for you guys our fair city will lay claim to a number of these this winter which means it’s time for you to don your best beanies and scarves and get ready to carve some serious shapes on ice.
Here’s where to go ice skating in Sydney this winter.
Prince Alfred Square Ice Skating Rink
Hitting Parramatta this cold season, The Winter Village is an homage to all things frosty with igloo dining, food and drink pop-ups and you guessed it—ice skating. You’ll be able to lace up your skates and voyage around the ice rink which is open to all levels, from never-touched-the-ice to Blades of Glory stature. We're also pretty keen for the Brunch & Skate sessions, which include 45 minutes of circumnavigating the ice followed by an extended brunch in a private igloo to replenish. On top of this, Cheap-Skate Tuesdays are a thing here so you’ll be able to lap up two for one skate passes which are available all day.
Ice skating at The Winter Village kicks off Saturday 19 June and goes until Monday 12 September, skate passes are bookable for 45-minute sessions, seven days a week, 10am - 9.45pm.
Bondi Festival Ice Skating Rink
While it may seem odd that a beach and ice rink can live simultaneously together in winter, only in Bondi is this a very real reality. Its return also marks the beginning of the ever-iconic Bondi Festival which kicks off Friday 25 June and goes until Monday 11 July. With Bondi Beach as your backdrop, suspended festoon lights to light the night and hot choccies on standby, the Bondi Festival Ice Rink will sport ice skates for all sizes and will be open every single day of the festival from 10am to 9pm (with the last session at 8pm).
Ice skating at Bondi Festival Friday 25 June and goes until Monday 11 July, skate passes are bookable for 45-minute sessions, seven days a week, 10am - 9pm.
International Convention Centre Ice Skating Rink
This winter, you’re really going to want to start your nights out with a sneaky skate at Darling Harbour’s resident ice skating rink. Taking its home in the forecourt of the International Convention Centre, this ice skating rink is packing all the antics with dedicated couples skate nights (get the brownie points you deserve), Stars On Ice shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and even Silent Hour sessions with no music for anyone with a disability and their carers who can use the rink free of charge.
Ice skating at Darling Harbour starts daily from Monday 20 June and goes until Monday 11 July, skate passes are bookable for 45-minute sessions, seven days a week, 10am - 9pm.
The Domain Ice Skating Rink
If you think three ice skating rinks for Sydney is enough this winter, well, you’re very wrong. Rounding this list out is the ice skating antics popping up at The Domain for the aptly named Winter In The Domain. From Saturday 26 June, The Domain will transform into the Winterpark which is all about the soul-warming food, drinks, retro rides like dodgem cars and of course—ice skating. The open-air ice rink will kick off at midday with later sessions going until 8:45pm. You can only purchase tickets for ice skating sessions at The Domain Winterpark through Moshtix as sessions can’t be purchased at the event.
Winter in the Domain kicks off on Saturday 26 June and goes until Sunday 18 July, skate passes are bookable for 45-minute sessions (only through Moshtix), seven days a week, 12pm - 8.45pm.
If you haven’t been to Alexandria’s famous indoor ice skating rink yet, you’re missing out on a bunch of fun. Ice Zoo is a Sydney staple all year round and it’s open seven days a week with a very convenient licensed cafe. If you’re actually keen to level up your two left feet, you can book learn to skate adult classes here but there are also open ice skating sessions for the public, you’ll just want to double-check Ice Zoo’s timetable here. Saturdays call for Disco On Ice parties with live DJs from 6pm until 9pm.
Canterbury Ice Skating Rink
Not all ice skating rinks are created equal and Canterbury Ice Skating Rink is a cut above the rest. This Olympic-size ice is available to the public six days a week (not Mondays) and during the middle of the day. Friday nights will see the rink transform into a winter disco from 8pm until 10.30pm.
Macquarie Ice Rink
It’s the OG of all skating rinks in Sydney so strap yourselves in for all the icy fun at Macquarie Ice Rink. Open every day of the year except Christmas day, this frozen haven sports Friday night disco skating (with a laser show and smoke machine), Sunday Mega sessions for all-day public skating, and a bunch of cheap-skate sessions too.
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