3 July 2017


Do you want to build a snowman…? I have grown up in Denmark where snow is a regular occurrence during winter, and while I am not particularly missing it, I do also have very fond memories of playing in the snow when I was younger - something that I would love for my little boys to experience too. And well, for those of us living in Melbourne, where it never snows - there's now a fun way for the whole family to experience the snow, thanks to The Big Freeze Winter Festival, which has returned these July school holidays. 

Picture from outside The Icebar, Fizroy Melbourne
from the pre-launch of the festival

The Big Freeze Winter Festival is located under the Big Top at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, just only a stone’s throw from the Monash Freeway, the festival easily accessible for everyone. 

This year The Big Freeze Winter Festival is divided into two areas – the ticketed winter precinct featuring

  • Snow play 
  • Snowball toss 
  • Snowfall forest 
  • Winter village 
  • Snow globe photo booth 
  • Polar bear slide 
  • Kids’ active challenge 
  • Circus skills workshop, construction play 
  • Art’n’craft activities 
  • Snow slides (at two different heights to allow more children to enjoy the thrill of the ride). 

The Community Precinct will be free for the general public to visit and hosts daily;
  • Stage shows 
  • Activity zone with Phillip Island Nature Parks 
  • Sports with Milo 
  • Food vendors and more

The Big Freeze Winter Festival is running for 9 days from July 1-9 2017

You can find more information and purchase your tickets here

When: Saturday, July 1 – Sunday, July 9
Where: under the Big Top (and protected from the weather) at Fountain Gate Shopping (cnr Princes Hwy & Brechin Drive)
Winter Festival sessions run three times each day.
Community Precinct open from 9am – 5:30pm daily

Cost: Free entry into Community Precinct.

Winter Festival has a number of ticketing options available including a Child Super pass $29.50 (that includes a 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50)

Adults $19, Family $92 and extra savings for some afternoon sessions.


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