BRRR! The coats are out, and the frosty mornings have settled in. Embrace the Canberra cold and get involved in the perks that only come around in winter. From winter themed festivals and markets with heart-warming foods, to snow play and the popular truffle season, there is always something to love about winter in Canberra.



City Renewal Authority, ACT Government and Show Pony Events are bringing Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention back for 2021. Civic Square will once again be transformed into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July over the school holiday period. The markets will run across two weekends and will welcome a range of fashion, art, craft and design stalls from local traders. Stars on Ice will also be performing every Friday and Saturday and Sunday. For food, warm up with local favourites Tikka Stand, Neat St. Coffee, La Empanada and Big River Distilling.


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French Christmas Markets

Transforming the National Rose Gardens into a French winter wonderland, enjoy a taste of France in winter with a Christmas in July Market over the first weekend in July. Walk through wooden chalets filled with tasty French delicacies such as melted raclette, macaroons and crepes while sipping on champagne or mulled wine and looking through the gift stalls. A selection of Christmas movies will also be screening outdoors as well as a snow lane with real Christmas trees and snow guns creating the most magical feel.


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Truffle Hunt

Hunting for truffles might just be the reason you’re willing to brave the cold this winter. Join Jayson from The Truffle Farm and his pups who have a keen smell for truffles and locate the highly sort after gems. Once the hunt is over taste what all the fuss is about with a decadent six-course degustation lunch prepared in front of your table. Once you taste that first bite, you’ll soon come to appreciate the perks of the winter season.


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Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports

Keeping our turns on the slopes sharp all year round, Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports truly love winter and the snow season. If you’re a newbie, get your first taste of skiing or snowboarding on their ‘treadmill like’ slope and learn the basics before you make the trip to the real stuff! Then enjoy a pint by the fire with a woodfired pizza and imagine you’re in a chalet in Europe.


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Corin Forest

Get a taste of real snow only an hour away from Canberra at Corin Forest. Learn to ski or snowboard on a beginners track with a qualified instructor, or even attempt it on your own. Snow play is also recommended with areas for toboggans, snowman making and snowball fights.


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