If you’re coming to Sydney in Winter don’t think you’ll miss out. Sydney has some fantastic Winter festivals and activities to keep you and the kids entertained day and night.
1. Vivid Sydney
Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of consisting of lights, music and ideas, featuring an outdoor gallery of extraordinary lighting exhibits and sculpture, a cutting-edge contemporary music program, some of the world’s most important creative industry forums and, of course, the spectacular illumination of the Sydney Opera House sails.
2. Sydney’s Winter Festival
The Winter Festival has been on for a few years now and each year it really does seem to be getting bigger and better.
Whether you want to build snowmen, open air ice skate, visit the Winter Village Market or have a warming (or cooling) drink at the Apres Skate Bar its all there for you. Youu can even hire your own Private Igloo and have a kids (or adults) party!
You will need to buy tickets to attend this event, the link is below.
3. Visit some of Sydney’s Food and Fashion Markets
Love emerging designers? Are you a bit of a foodie?
No matter where you’re staying in Sydney, its worth your while to take time out and visit one of the city’s many lively markets.
Head to The Rocks every Saturday and Sunday to enjoy a colourful market scene in the area’s quaint cobblestone laneways. The Rocks Market have souveniers, food, drink, wine, artisan art and craft and are held in the historic Rocks District giving you a range of dining choices pre or post market.
The city’s biggest produce market is the Sydney Markets, incorporating the Sydney Growers Market, Sydney Flower Market and Sydney Produce Market which is located at Flemington. With a history that reaches back as far as 1788, http://www.mtmorton.com.au/?page_id=319 these markets have something for everyone, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Close to Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Markets at Flemington are easily accessed by bus, train, or car.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a funky inner-city market showcasing Sydney’s artistic side, Glebe Markets, Rozelle Weekend Markets, and Paddington Markets offer handmade jewellery, vintage clothing, second hand books, records, shoes, furniture and more. Open every Saturday, these markets are perfect for anyone with a creative streak.
4.Take a City Tour on the Free 555 Bus
Take advantage of the free 555 shuttle bus in the city centre and admire Sydney’s buildings and streetscapes from a different angle. The service operates in both directions on a loop from Central Station to Circular Quay via George and Elizabeth streets. The service operates 9.30am to 3.30pm weekdays, Thursday until 9pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9.30am to 6pm.
And while we’re speaking of cheap transport I think its worth mentioning Family Funday Sunday tickets. You can explore Sydney and nearby regions with unlimited travel on buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person which can be quite a significant saving for a family of 3 or 4. You can go as far as the South Coast or visit the Blue Mountains for the day for just $2.50.
5. Blue Mountains Winter Festival
This is a fantastic event, full of colour and life and music and joy. Held in Katoomba each year, the Winter Festival is the weekend when artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and community take over one of Australia’s most famous towns.
During the event, the main street of Katoomba is closed to motor traffic and open to pedestrian traffic. This allows the whole town to become a performance space. The streets are lined with market stalls and everybody who attends is encouraged to dress in costume and participate!