Everything you need to know about Winter in the City


It’s the winteriest time of the year and Winter in the city is here to make school holidays an even cooler experience.

That’s right, it’s time to pull off your ugly sweaters and grab your skates as the City Renewal Authority’s Winter in the City festival takes over Civic Square from Friday, July 1 through Sunday, July 17.

And with plenty to see, do, eat and drink (hello ice skating and mulled wine bars), we’ve found all the wintery things to put on your ‘to-do’ list to celebrate. And yes, hot chocolate is a must. Duh.

Experience an “ice cream” day out at the Civic Square skating rink

Put on your skates, our beloved outdoor ice rink is back to bring winter charm to the city! Open from Friday 1 to Sunday 17 July, you can hit the ice with the whole family from 10 a.m. every day and make your Blades of Glory dreams come true.

Perfect for some fun during the school holidays or the opportunity to ice skate on a romantic winter date, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy ice sculptures or warm up by fireplaces with a delicious hot chocolate.

And don’t worry if you don’t have your own skates — your rink ticket includes the option to pick up a pair of rental skates so you can get the most out of your session.

Reservations are necessary, so be quick!

Friday 1 – Sunday 17 July | Monday to Thursday 10am – 8pm and Friday to Sunday 10am – 9pm | tickets here

Contemplate the day with a mulled wine

Perfect for warming up your fingers after a day on the ice, The Canberra Theater Center’s Winter Drink Bar serves the ultimate winter drink: mulled wine.

Add in the chance to see Amy Shark live on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July, join a giggle party at the Comedy Festival Road Show (Saturday 9th July); catch up with friends before going to Friends the Musical Parody (Wednesday 13th through Saturday 16th July); or enjoy Urinetown the Musical (Thurs 14 – Sunday 24 July) and walking into a pop-up bar never sounded so good.

Until Sunday 17 July | Monday to Thursday 16.00 – 20.00 and Friday and Saturday 16.00 – 21.00 | Civic Square, London Circuit, Canberra

You are snowing for yourself to try this food offering

A warm brownie with ice cream of your choice AND a coffee? Register us! Get excited foodies, Winter in the City brings the best winter weather food offerings to fill your stomach and warm your soul.

Until Sunday, July 17, head to Gelatissimo for a $9 gelato, brownie, and coffee combo or stop by Little Green Bean for a Turkish coffee and complimentary pistachio or rose water Turkish Delight! But if you’re looking for the ability to super-size your favorite hot beverage, Little Green Bean is giving away a free French Macaron with every jumbo coffee.

Don’t worry if bubble tea is more your vibe, SuperEmoji also has a winter special offer: two specialty drinks for just $5.80. Choose from the Bubble Lover Milk Tea (with brown sugar bubble) or the Strawberry Crystal Green Tea (with sago and coconut jelly).

Want something more filling? Edo Tori offers a limited winter dish: a Japanese hotpot combination with warm Dassai Sake, the perfect match for a wintery day in Canberra. Foodie adventure anyone?

Until Sunday 17 July | different location

Get lost in Canberra’s very own winter village

Did someone say mulled wine and s’mores in the ultimate winter wonderland? That’s right, we’re talking about Switzerland’s fairytale alpine towns – and the best part is, you don’t even need your passport.

If you’re planning to visit the Canberra Center in July (and why not?), make a stop at their Winter Village. With a variety of workshops, a Swiss VR experience, a snow machine, mulled wine and s’mores pop-up bars, My Switzerland transports you from the cold of Canberra to the magic of a cozy mountain village.

If that’s not enough to pack your suitcase and take a Swiss-themed day trip, you could also win the ultimate Swiss vacation for two. See you there?

Friday 1 – Sunday 17 July | winter.inthecity.com.au

Relax and go back to the 80’s

What’s more fun than a party? How about an 80’s themed street party with art, local beer, wine, cocktails and (of course) a DeLorean.

Inspired by Back to the Boombox (a quirky exhibition of a private collection of boomboxes owned by Canberra locals Kinloch Kilby) Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) hosts the ultimate winter shindig to help you get your icy feet moving.

In addition to live music and performances, you can enjoy immersive installations, hip-hop dance battles hosted by Project Beats, DJs and glimpses of the CMAG galleries after hours.

The ultimate tribute to how the boombox brought music to the streets in a way never seen before, it’s the perfect winter warmer. And don’t forget to take to the streets yourself to enjoy some illuminating light installations.

Friday 8 July, 19.00 – 23.00 | Civic Square, 180 London Cct, Canberra | Admission is free, but reservation is required | tickets here

Visit the cultural institutions for a winter escape

If you prefer to escape the city streets, Canberra’s iconic institutions host some cool events throughout Winter in the City.

Head to CMAG, the Canberra Theater Centre, ACT Libraries (in various locations) and Craft ACT for the perfect school holiday entertainment (for big and small kids) and be sure to grab a hot coffee or soup from their cafes before heading out for a day. explore.


What: Winter in the city
When: Friday 1 July – Sunday 17 July
Where: Various locations in Civic
Website: winter.inthecity.com.au