A winter wonderland is popping up just out of Geelong with ice skating, pop up igloos and a Winter Solstice

A winter wonderland is popping up just out of Geelong with ice skating, pop up igloos and a Winter Solstice

The epic Eynesbury Winter Festival is back for its second edition.

Following the success of its first-ever run, the free Eynesbury Winter Festival is making its return to the region for the winter months.

Perfect for those looking for something fun and outdoorsy to do with the kids or your pals this winter, the winter festival is a month-long winter celebration located just an hour’s drive away from Geelong.

The key takeaways

  • The Eynesbury Winter Festival returns to the region this June
  • Eynesbury will be hosting a series of free events
  • Entry to the festival is free but tickets for ice skating are required

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Running from Friday 24 June to Sunday 24 July, the festival is just the ticket to fight off those winter blues.

Coined a winter wonderland, the event is bringing back all the crowd favourites, with the site being jam-packed with an ice rink, hot cocoa, fire pits, a winter village, roving entertainers, and a series of mini winter events including funky R’n’B skate nights under the stars, Disney party’s with appearances from your favourite characters, and a special dog-friendly Eynesbury winter market featuring a wide variety of stalls and entertainment. They’ve also got an outdoor cinema happening that will be screening kids movies while serving popcorn and fairy floss, and there’s even a sweet trivia night happening too.

You’ll also find delicious winter-warming food and drink specials will be offer at Ms Peacock, Birdy & Co and of course the food trucks.

There will also be live music and performers, magic shows, a photo station and pop up igloos, in case you needed more convincing.

A festival highlight will be the Winter Solstice event on Saturday, July 16 from 5pm which will see the entire precinct come alive and the sky lit up with a fireworks display. There will be something for the whole family from African drummers, a bonfire, food trucks, roving fire performers and a marshmallow toasting pit.

Entry is free, however, tickets need to be booked for ice-skating. The ice-skating rink is being specially constructed for the event and will be a centrepiece for locals and visitors alike. You can bring your own skates or hire on the day and sessions start at $18, and up to $26 for adults with cheaper options for those with skates already.

With igloos, ice skating and fit pits, this festival makes for the perfect excuse to pack the car and hit the ice!

The Eynesbury Winter Festival runs from June 24 to July 24. Visit the website for more information.