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A Magical Winter Village Comes To Sydney

The Winter Village will make its debut in Parramatta, Sydney for its inaugural launch in New South Wales. Sydney-siders will get a chance to enjoy an alpine-inspired winter wonderland for three months, from June 19 – September 12, 2021. 

The Winter Village has partnered with City of Parramatta’s popular Winterlight for its 10th year running, to transform Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta into a winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink, igloo village, daily snow showers and food and drink pop ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food. 

The Winter Village is brought to life by Australian Venue Co, who operate a number of favourite pubs, bars and  restaurants across Sydney.

Activations Operations Manager, Selena Majumdar is excited to debut The Winter Village in Parramatta, after  plans to expand interstate were put on hold last year due to COVID.  

“In a year where many Sydney-siders are looking for a new adventure without being able to travel overseas,  we’re thrilled to be able to finally bring The Winter Village to NSW and create an escape close to home for locals  this winter. We’re launching Parramatta with a bang and can’t wait for friends and families to get a taste of our winter wonderland!” 

City of Parramatta Council Lord Mayor, Cr Bob Dwyer said:

“Parramatta is definitely where it’s at this winter.  We’re excited to be hosting The Winter Village in beautiful Prince Alfred Square, kicking off what is going to be a  jam-packed program to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our iconic Winterlight festival – including our super  popular school holiday events.”  

For the ultimate experience, guests can pre-book private igloos and cabins, perfect for an afternoon or evening of enjoying some drinks and sharing a bite to eat. Parramatta will have 20 igloos, each measuring 3.6m x 3.6m, which can host up to 8 people.  

For those looking to get their igloo fix, the Standard Package Includes a grazing plate of chips, dips, mini pretzels  and cured meats, fried chicken, mac ‘n’ cheese croquettes, fries with truffle aioli, herbed slaw, Greek salad, a choice of wine or beer, and a chocolate ice cream sandwich for dessert.  

What’s On in The Winter Village

Brunch & Skate 

The new Brunch & Skate package will let the weekend warriors work up an appetite with a 45-minute skate  session, plus a well-earned brunch in a private igloo. Brunch & Skate packages are available every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, for $35 per adult and $22 per child. 

Ice Skating 

Ice skating passes can be booked online, with 45-minute sessions available during opening hours. Passes are  $26 for adults, $18 for children aged 6-14 and $10 for children aged 3-5. 

Let It Snow – Snow Showers 

The Parramatta Winter Village will have daily snow showers at 12pm, 3pm, 6pm and 9pm. 

Skate & Sip 

Enjoy a complimentary skate session with any cocktail purchase! Available every Monday from 5-7pm.

Friday Happy Hour 

Enjoy a complimentary drink with any skating pass between 4-6pm every Friday. Visit the skate hut for your skate session between 4-6pm on Fridays to receive your drink card. 

Entry to The Winter Village is free, walk-in customers can order food & beverage directly from the pop up bar,  with casual outdoor seating available. The Winter Village is operated by Australian Venue Co & sponsored by Emu Australia

Along with marking its debut in Parramatta, The Winter Village will also return to Melbourne and pop up in new  locations across Australia this winter including Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

The Details

When: June 19 – September 12 

Where: Prince Alfred Square – Cnr Church Sreet and Market Street, Parramatta NSW 2150 

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am-10pm, Friday: 11am-12am, Saturday: 10am-12am, Sunday: 10am-10pm 

For more information visit here. Or follow along on Instagram  @thewintervillage 

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