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School Holiday Fun! 10 ‘Cool Yule’ Winter Festival Must-Dos

School Holiday Fun! 10 ‘Cool Yule’ Winter Festival Must-Dos

Build a snowman, ice skate, be mesmerised by the enchanting Frozen Forest and go straight to the top of the Ferris Wheel at Sydney’s coolest (child friendly) winter festival ever! Are we there yet?!

This winter, school holidays are going to be awesome! Grab the kids and head to Darling Harbour’s hugely popular Cool Yule 2015 for wicked family fun from Saturday 27 June – Sunday 12 July (inclusive).

Check out my must-do activity list – if the kids are well-behaved, I might let them come too…

Get Your Skates On

Ice, ice, baby! Do the skatey-180 (with a Penguin skate aide if you’re wobbly on the feet) and learn the snow-plough stop (fast!) in the open air ice-skating. Take a spin past the snow machine and catch some real snow and for a really valuable life lesson, show the kid’s that adults land on their backsides too sometimes! The Cool Yule Ice Rink at Darling Harbour’s Palm Grove operates daily. Tip: Book tickets prior and pack two pairs of thick socks to wear while skates to avoid blisters (and clothes if your kids go for a sixer!). Costs: Adult, $22, kids, $10-$16 per child, including skate-hire.


Be Mesmerised By The Graceful Ice-Skaters

Spins, toe-jumps and ice dancing… watch the grace and skill of champion ice-skaters, led by Winter Olympian Liz Cain, at the Stars on Ice 15-minute shows at The Cool Yule Ice Rink at 12.45pm Monday to Friday and 5.45pm Friday and Saturday. Free.

Do A 360 on The Ferris Wheel

Take the kids to new heights on the enchanting Ferris wheel ride and see Sydney’s spectacular sites birdy-style. Cost: $8.00 per ticket or $30.00 for four riders. Located at the Harbourside Amphitheatre.


Build Frosty In The Snow Pit

Do you want to build a snowman?Or make white fluffy angles? Children will have a (snow) ball playing in The Cool Yule Snow Pit. The frosty fun session costs $7.50 per person for 20 minutes. Tip: Pack snow gloves so you’re better equipped to make heavy duty snowballs faster – and book your tickets before you go.


Slip & Slide Down Everest

OK it’s not really Everest, but ‘knee-high’ kids will think it is! The inflatable Cool Yule Slide (under Pyrmont Bridge near SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium) is awesome vertical fun! Pull up some rubber (a tube) and double dink your littleone’s down the slide. Hold on tight! Cost: Free.


Tell Tales and Share Stories

All that action might require some passive play, so pull up a patch at the Lost and Found Storytelling or watch the activities at Monkey Baa Theatre at Darling Quarter while the family recoups for the next winter activity. Cost: Free.

Sing Like Elsa & Anna

Little divas and entertainers will love Disney’s Frozen Live Karaoke Experience, Face Painting and Balloon Modelling at Harbourside Shopping Centre. Free.


Frolic In The Frozen Forest

Just as enchanting as the movie, the Frozen Forest is magically lit up with more than 100 glistening white Christmas trees with stunning special effect lighting, sound and even falling snow. Free.


Explore the Amazing Antarctic

Amazing Antarctic Adventures will be presented at the Australian National Maritime Museum, with a glow-in-the-dark treasure hunt, craft workshops and even a hands-on TV presenting course for your little personalities from an imagined Antarctica!

Light Up Their World

It wouldn’t be a Sydney Winter Festival without incredible light shows and fireworks, now would it? Fabulous and free Frosty Fireworks illuminate the sky every Saturday night, along with the Giant Snowflake and a range of other cool light displays located around Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay. Free.

Visit for details and to book tickets.

Are you going to the Cool Yule Winter Festival? Tell us below…

Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.


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