Come join in the Winter Festival fun at Sydney’s’ Darling Harbour.
What’s it about?
The Cool Yule is a winter themed festival that’s being held in and around Darling Harbour from June 13 through to July 13 to celebrate winter. It has a range of free and not-so-free activities for family and friends. It starts at 10am and carries on right through the day and into the night. During the day, the festival is bright and the birds are chirping. At night, a sense of excitement fills the air: ghostly lighting creates a winter worthy wonderland and fake snow falls onto on-lookers heads as they pass by.
The Frozen Forest was beautiful at night! The makeshift hall was filled with fake snow and dozens of fairy lights filled the fir trees lining the sides. The whole hall glowed an almost ghostly hue of purple and blue which added to the overall wintery feel.
Come dusk, soapy snow started falling alongside Cockle Bay wharf and other various points. The soapy snow sent little kids running around grabbing at the air in fits of laughter, and boy was it cute!
The Ice Rink was the biggest attraction and it did not disappoint. There were several people on the ice laughing and having a wonderful time. The cutest part about the Ice Rink was the Novelty Penguin Skating aids, available for novice skaters and the younger ones.
The Cool Iceberg that was supposed to be floating in Cockle Bay was missing in action, as was the Thredbo Snow Slide, and the Air New Zealand Snow Globes. So that culled the list of attractions that I could visit marginally. There were no clear markings anywhere to help direct people to activities, and although the food stalls were supposed to be selling winter warming foods, two out of the four stalls were closed with the rest selling standard carnival food.
Rating: 7/10 – Jessica Heckley
Top photo taken by Jessica Heckley.