Cool Yule Festival has returned to Darling Harbour for the winter school holidays

Darling Harbour will come alive this winter with Cool Yule Festival. The Festival launched on Friday 1 July 2016 showing guests what the public will experience during the Festival.

This year the ice skating rink is bigger than ever. There are learn to skate lessons from 9am to 10am daily for both adults and children. Buy your tickets in advance to be sure you secure a spot.

Top figure skaters will be showing off their skills as part of the Stars On Ice Show from 12:45pm to 1pm daily. The performances change daily with beautiful costumes and impressive routines.

The Cool Yule Snow Pit is back by popular demand. Children will be able to build a snowman or have a snow fight without leaving the city.

There is a 20 metres high and 20 metres long Frozen Forest to wander through with lit up trees, icicles and snowflakes. The Monkey Bae Theatre Company will be using this backdrop to entertain the little ones for free with interactive storytelling sessions and fun activities.

The sky will light up every Saturday at 8:30pm with spectacular fireworks set to a soundtrack. The best place to watch them is at the promenade at Cockle Bay.

The Cool Yule Ferris Wheel will lift you to the highest viewpoint in Darling Harbour. Admire the views of the harbour and the Cool Yule iceberg down below.

To capture your memories, there is a Cool Yule selfie station where you can design your own frosty themed selfie. Using augmented reality, you can interact with penguins and experience snow. Download the Cool Yule App for free from the App Store or Google Play.

There is also a Cool Yule Competition to celebrate Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s new Penguin Island Expedition where you could win a Premium Merlin Annual Family Pass for 12 months. Simply photograph yourself with at Cool Yule and tag it with #DarlingHarbour and #CoolYule on instagram to win the prizes.

The event will run from 2 July to 17 July 2016 for the duration of the winter school holidays.

For more information about tickets and prices, go to

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Darling Harbour Celebrates the Month Of Love in February 2016


Bring your darlings to Darling Harbour for the third annual Month of Love and celebrate love in all its forms, from 5 February – 5 March 2016, and join the Chinese New Year celebrations from 6-21 February 2016.

Back by popular demand and presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Month of Love 2016 has more FREE events than ever before and plenty for visitors of all ages to love in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day.

Darling Harbour loves the diverse cultures of Australia, and will host Chinese New Year celebrations and the Serbian (6-7 February) and Greek (27-28 February) festivals during Month of Love. At the Chinese Garden Chamber Music 2016 concert (tickets $65), enjoy a night of beautiful scenery and sound with master instrumentalists from China and Australia. Or, catch one of a number of FREE events, including traditional lion and fan dances, Tai Chi classes, tea ceremonies and more at the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

Month of Love event favourites are returning, including heart-shaped Loved Up Fireworks every Saturday night, the Luminous light show and Tickle Me Pink outdoor romantic movies at Darling Quarter, as well as the Row Your Way To Romance rowboats on Cockle Bay.

Darling Harbour will be brought to life with stunning installations, light displays and selfie opportunities, including the Love is in the Air super-sized triple hearts under the expressway at Palm Grove, the Pash n’ Dash photo station, the new Electrify Your Love giant rose lantern at Druitt Landing, Pyrmont Bridge’s Heartbeats on the Bridge and the transformation of the Civic Connector into The Love Connector.

Mark your calendar now for the Queen of Pop flash mob performance, paying homage to Madonna from noon on Valentine’s Day. Featuring talented dancers, the Gay and Lesbian Choir and Megadonna: the Mega Puppet, Queen of Pop will be all you need to get Hung Up, Vogue your heart out and Express Yourself.

Darling Harbour is the perfect place to impress your darling, without breaking the bank during Month of Love, as restaurants, cafés, retailers and attractions will provide dozens of deals to delight. From fine dining on Cockle Bay Wharf and even underwater by candlelight at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, to action-packed double date discounts at Harbourside Shopping Centre’s 9D Action Cinemas, Darling Harbour Month of Love 2016 is destined to make hearts go pop, particularly on Valentine’s Day.

Bringing a whole lot of Mardi Gras fabulousness to Darling Harbour, Sydney’s most beloved drag performers will work it in fun Drag and Drop live pop-up shows from 6pm-9pm on 20, 25-27 February and 3-4 March across Harbourside and Palm Grove.

On Sunday 28 February, the click-clack of high heels will sound from 10am when the Little Black Dress Run for charity kicks-off at Darling Quarter, followed by Darling! Family Fun on the Village Green from noon-4pm. Curated by artist Tammy Brennan, the afternoon event will feature Mardi Gras fun designed for ages 5-12.

From 4pm-6pm on 28 February, We Love Queer Thinking at Month of Love offers a series of talks on what it is to be LGBTQI today, alongside a forum presented by IVF Australia on acceptance and tolerance of family diversity. Also on 28 February, Gayby Baby will have a special screening at Monkey Baa Theatre Company.

Month of Love and cultural festivals are among many events staged by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority at Darling Harbour, which sees 26 million visitors annually, contributing $800 million to the visitor economy.

For Month of Love 2016 program updates, feel the love at

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