The Winter Village
Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta has been transformed with an ice-skating rink, private igloos, a pop-up kitchen and a bar serving warming cocktails. It's by Australian Venue Co, which operates more than 160 pubs and bars across the country.
Start with a 45-minute session at the ice rink ($10 for toddlers, $18 for children and $26 for adults), which includes helmet and ice skate hire. Then lounge in any of 20 private igloos seating up to eight guests, where you can enjoy a grazing plate, snacks and wine or beer for $49 or grab the premium package with all of those plus a dessert spread, Bloody Shiraz Gin spritz and Espresso Martinis for $69 per head. You can also head to the mega-igloo, where it'll be snowing four times a day.
For snacks, a pop-up kitchen is slinging dirty fries loaded with cheddar burger sauce, mac-and-cheese croquettes, spicy buffalo chicken bites with blue cheese sauce, a plant-based burger, lobster & prawn rolls, giant pretzels with hot Espresso Martini choc-fudge and ice-cream sandwiches. The bar is also serving Espresso Martinis and winter warmers to keep the cold away.
Take advantage of two-for-one deals on cheap-skate Tuesday, go for a brunch-plus-skate session on weekend mornings, or grab a family skate pass every Sunday.
Mon to Thu 11am–10pm