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Bathurst Winter Festival

The Bathurst Winter Festival will return during the school holidays from 2-17 July. Festival fixtures including the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink, giant ferris wheel and carousel will be back. The program for this year features food and wine events, festival nights and plenty of activities for families with children. Tickets for the ice rink are now available online only at


Opening Night.
Starting from 4pm, join in the fun with ice skating, carnival rides, roving street performers on stilts, live music to get you dancing in the street and turning on the lights on the newly renovated Bathurst Court House.
A special Smoking Ceremony will take place at Keystone thanks to our Wiradyuri and First Nations Elders.
There will be rides, music and of course great food vans!

Illuminations throughout the CBD
Illuminations and light shows around Bathurst are a signature part of the Bathurst Winter Festival. 
Wander through the heart of Bathurst and watch vibrant colours and lights play across buildings, bringing to life this year’s theme of Creative Lives.
Join us in 2022 for even more stunning light shows and illuminations on our heritage and signature buildings.

McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink
A feature of the Bathurst Winter Festival is the outdoor ice skating, which is sponsored by McDonald’s Bathurst and held on the McDonald’s Bathurst Ice Rink.
Ice skating runs day and night – with sessions operating every hour between 9am – 9pm. 
Tickets for ice skating are sold through the website and are available NOW!
Feature Sessions
• Kids Day: Every Wednesday 9am, 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm sessions
• LiveBetter Accessibility Day: Thursday 7 July 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm sessions 
• Quiet Sessions (without music): Thursday 7 July 10am session
• Skate & Date: Sunday 3 & 10 July 6pm, 7pm & 8pm sessions
• Disco Fever ’80s Night: Friday 15 July 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Sessions
• ’90s Night: Saturday 16 July 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Sessions
• Noughties (2000s) Night: Sunday 17 July 6pm, 7pm and 8pm Sessions

There are many opportunities for businesses to be a part of this year’s Bathurst Winter Festival, including the program of events, being a food vendor or market stall, corporate skating sessions, Groove & Grill, and Brighten Up Bathurst.

Visit the ‘Get Involved’ page at for more information.

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