Lace up your skates. It’s the most winterful time of year! Canberra’s most coveted winter attraction, Wintervention is back for 2021, turning Civic Square into an open-air ice-skating arena from Friday 25 June until Sunday 11 July for the school holiday period.
Take a moment to enjoy the true joys of winter and embrace the frost around entertainment, activities, food, and market stalls. The rink is open 10am to 8pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10am to 9pm Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors are required to book in for their skate sessions.
The markets will run across two weekends (Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July). Stars on Ice will keep the crowds entertained with live performances on Fridays and over the weekend. Throughout the week skate sessions, music performances and hot drinks and food stalls are available.
Whether you’re a skater or a spectator, get down to Civic Square for the ultimate winter fun and capture the season in all its glory at this family-friendly event.
Get your skates on
25 JUNE - 11 JULY
Glide through the day and into the evening. The rink is open 10am to 8pm from Sundays to Thursdays, and 10am to 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Locals are required to book in for their skate sessions:
25 - 27 JUNE &
2 - 4 JULY
The markets will run across the first two weekends of Wintervention from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 June and Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July.
This year, we welcome Little Thing Bling, Essens Gems, Humming Bird Vintage, Lisa's Clothing and Dreambolic Art. Eat, shop and go ice-skating all in one-go at Wintervention.
the wintervention markets
5 - 7 JULY
Hey Canberra, break your addiction to indoors, it’s time for a Wintervention!
With ice shows, food and makers’ markets, a life-size snow globe, live entertainment, and of course ice skating, it’s a golden opportunity to do a Steven Bradbury and win at Winter.
FOOD & DRINK
After a skate sesh on the ice, grab some food and drinks for vendors such as Tikka Stand, Empanada, Neat St. Coffee and Big River Distilling.
Whether you’re a skater or a spectator there is plenty of fun to be had. The talented Stars on Ice are performing at 1.45pm and 6.45pm every Friday and Saturday and at 1.45pm and 4.45pm every Sunday. Come cheer on the Hockey Demonstration on Sunday 11 July and ‘chill’ out to live music each day.
ARE YOU A LOCAL BUSINESS?
Calling all businesses in the area to get involved with Wintervention. We are anticipating high foot traffic to City Square and surrounds from 25 June to 11 July.
Submit your winter inspired offers to share with the Wintervention crowds. We will feature your themed services right here on our website for Wintervention lovers to find.
ICE SKATING QUESTIONS
Where is the ice rink?
This year the ice rink will be held at Civic Square, 180 London Circuit. This location is right in front of Canberra Theatre, and only a few minutes’ walk from Garema place and the Canberra Centre.
What if the weather is bad? Will my skate session be cancelled?
Skate sessions will be cancelled ONLY if unsafe or life-threatening conditions are present (ie, equipment failure, very strong winds, thunderstorms, hail). Clouds and light, patchy rain ARE NOT considered unsafe or life threatening. This website will be updated to let you know what’s on and whether the weather has changed the scheduling.
How can I buy tickets?
Is there a price difference if I buy my ticket online or at the rink?
What time does the ice rink open and close?
Is there an age or height limit for the skating sessions?
Children must be at least two years old to skate, children under five need a parent or other responsible child skating with them.
Do I have to pay extra for the skates?
No. Skate hire is included in the price of the ticket.
Will you have skates in my size?
Skates are available to suit sizes from two years of age to men’s size 13. The smaller skates are a double blade that gets strapped onto the skater’s personal shoe so it is important to wear comfortable and snug shoes. Gum boots are too flexible so not appropriate.
Do I have to bring any special clothes?
Yes. Dress for the cold, bring socks and maybe bring a change of clothes (if you fall a lot you might get wet from melting ice). There are some helmets available. If you want to be guaranteed a helmet, it is advisable to bring your bike helmet.
Where can I leave my personal belongings while I’m on the ice?
It is recommended that you don’t bring any valuables with you. The event organisers take no responsibility for valuables lost or stolen. Try to ask a friend to look after your things while you’re on the ice.
Is ice skating safe?
As with all sports, there are some risks associated with ice skating. To ensure your safety, there will be skilled marshals on the ice at each public session that help ensure skaters skate in a safe, fun environment.
I’ve never ice skated. Any tips for first timers?
Skating can be tricky at first, but here are a few pointers to get you feeling confident on the ice!
- Don't look down when skating
- Don't lean backwards when skating
- Keep your knees slightly bent and your weight forward
- Try to learn how to stop!! To stop, bend your knees, turn the toes of each foot inwards, point your heels out, and push out on your heels. This will slow you down and bring you to a stop.Or drag one foot behind the other.
Will I need to purchase a ticket to enter the event?
Tickets will not be required to enter the event area. Tickets will only be needed for skating on the ice rink. You will be required to check in to the “Check in CBR” app upon arrival to enter the ice skating space.
What days/nights will there be markets at the festival?
When does the event start and finish?
Wintervention starts on Friday 25 June and runs through to Sunday 11 July.
Will there be food and drink available?
A small range of food and beverage options will be available every day throughout the event, with additional food and beverage stalls present during weekends.
How do I get to the event?
There are several ways to get to the event by public transport. To plan your commute, please visit the Transport Canberra website, available here.
There are several parking locations near Civic Square, including:
London Circuit East Parking
London Circuit car park (opposite Mooseheads Nightclub)
Canberra Centre car parks
Are there any public toilets nearby?
Yes, port-a-loos will be available on site. Other public toilets are available at the city bus interchange and inside the Canberra Centre.
Where’s the nearest ATM?
The nearest ATM’s to the event are located in Ainslie Place, just opposite Civic Square. This strip connecting Civic Square to the Canberra Centre offers a range of ATM options.
Is the event and ice rink handicap accessible?
Yes and we will accept companion cards for skating, so just buy 1 ticket to skate and the card holder will be allowed for free.