Winterfest Camden set to be full of cool family fun

Get ready for plenty of fun because the program for Camden's first Winterfest is heating up.

The inaugural event will see the Larkin Place car park transformed into a winter wonderland offering three days chock-full of fun and activities.

The event will be held from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14 between 10am and 9pm.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said Winterfest Camden was shaping up to be one of the most exciting events on the region's calendar.

"It's truly magical to have such an exciting winter wonderland set up in Camden including having an ice rink in the middle of Larkin Place for the community to enjoy," Cr Fedeli said.

"This is the first time Camden has had its very own ice rink plus a range of food, kids' activities and winter warming drinks on offer, and it will be a great way to celebrate the improvements made to Argyle Street and the Camden Town Centre recently.

"I look forward to seeing you all out enjoying the beauty of Camden in the middle of winter."

Winterfest Camden's program includes:

  • An ice-skating rink located in Larkin Place. Tickets: $5 per person/20-minute skating session.
  • Kid's activities including a jumping castle, face painting, inflatable snowboard ride.
  • A life-size snow globe photo booth.
  • Visits from Disney's Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf.
  • Food stalls.
  • Winter menus at venues along Argyle Street including the Epicure Store, Burger Frank, Upstairs @ Freds and the Plough and Harrow Hotel.
  • Buskers and street performers providing entertainment throughout Camden Town Centre.

The cool new event is the brainchild of the Argyle Business Collective and the Camden Council events team.

Collective president Andrew Valciukas said Winterfest was an exciting addition to the Camden calendar.

"We came up with the idea following the success of the Jacaranda Festival," he said.

"There was gap open for something smack bang in the middle of winter - and what's better than something like this?

"Councillor Lara Symkowiak and the council events team first came to us with the idea and we have helped it come to life."

Mr Valciukas said the ice rink was one of the biggest draw cards.

"Camden residents usually have to travel three to four hours to experience winter sports - but now we are bringing them to town," he said.

"I know my kids are excited about it."

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