The free Eynesbury Winter Festival is making its return with ice skating, night markets and a Winter Solstice

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The free Eynesbury Winter Festival is making its return with ice skating, night markets and a Winter Solstice

The epic Eynesbury Winter Festival is back for its third edition in 2023

Off the back of two wildly successful years, the free Eynesbury Winter Festival is making its glorious 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 two-week winter celebration located just an hour’s drive away from Geelong.

Eynesbury Winter Festival 2023

Opening Day: Friday 23 June
Winter Market: Sunday 25 June
Winter Solstice: Saturday 1 July
Night Market: Friday 7 July

Ice rink hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Running from Friday 23 June to Sunday 9 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, a winter village square, fire pits, winter markets and winter-themed trivia nights, free kids’ activities like cookie decorating, reptile encounters, and circus entertainers.

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, roaming Disney characters, an ice hockey exhibition match, pony rides, and more, in case you needed more convincing.

A festival highlight will be the Winter Solstice event on Saturday, July 1 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 $13, and up to $26 for adults with cheaper options for those with skates already.

With night markets, 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 23 to July 9. Visit the website for more information.