Wish to celebrate Christmas in July? Here’s our top events with a Christmas feel taking place around Perth this winter.

1. FROSTIVAL
Frostival’s outdoor ice rink will be launching the brand new amphitheater space at Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Frostival will open on the 1st of July until the 17th of July, for 17 days of school holidays fun!
Skating sessions will kick off at 8:00am every day, with specially designed sessions to nurture the little skaters amongst us, with custom made double bladed ice skates perfect for little feet and friendly penguin skating aids. Families can take advantage of the Early Risers ticket and receive huge discounts.
Frostival will run until 8:00pm Mondays through to Wednesdays and stay open until 10:00pm, Thursday through to Saturdays for the big kids to have a sneaky date night or two.
Head to www.frostivalaustralia.com.au to secure your tickets.

2. SNOWSLIDE
This winter holidays, bring the kids to enjoy the novelty of sliding down an icy slope in the heart of Perth city. Snowslide, the City of Perth’s popular free school holiday event for kids aged 3-12, returns for the 2016 winter holidays from 2 – 17 July in Forrest Place.
With a 12m slide for kids over 110cm tall and a 4m slide for smaller kids, each of the twelve 25-minute sessions daily can accommodate 130 children, with a total of four able to ride the two-lane slides at any one time. This allows almost 25,000 kids to get a ticket to slide. Suitable for ages 3 – 12 years.
Free tickets are for children only (adults are not permitted on the slides) and, due to popular demand, must be secured online in advance. No ticket, No entry. Tickets must be secured online in advance and will be released at 10am Monday 27 June for Week One sessions (2-9 July) and 10am Monday 4 July for Week Two sessions (10-17 July).
www.visitperthcity.com

3. WINTER FESTIVAL FREMANTLE
Winter Festival brings Western Australia an enchanting experience for the young and the young at heart. The idyllic surrounds of the Fremantle Esplanade Park will be transformed into a magical festival dedicated to the delights and traditional wonders of a white winter.
Attractions include the return of Australia’s biggest outdoor ice rink, falling snow, a mountainous pop-up slide, plus music and entertainment for all ages!
Winter Festival is free to enter, although tickets must be purchased for ice skating and activities. As sessions sell out in advance, tickets for the ice-skating are available for pre-purchase online.
www.winterfestival.com.au

4. WINTER WONDERLAND AT WA MARITIME MUSEUM
Be enchanted as you experience a magical winter wonderland at the WA Maritime Museum. 4th – 17th July 10am – 4pm.
Snow Dome
Step into a giant snowdome and play with snow! Make your own snow scene with the snow and polar animals in the indoor Snow Zone. Cost: FREE

3D winter movies
Get your skates on and enjoy free winter-themed movies in 3D!
Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Dates:
Monday 4 July Frozen (PG)
Wednesday 6 July Penguins of Madagascar (G)
Friday 8 July Happy Feet Two (G)
Monday 11 July Happy Feet Two (G)
Wednesday 13 July Disney Frozen (PG)
Friday 15 July Penguins of Madagascar (G)

Winter Wonders
Create a stained glass snowflake or your own snowman sculpture, and colour a pop-up rockhopper penguin or wild Antarctica scene.
Times: 10:30am – 4pm
Dates: 4 – 17 July
Ages: 4+
Cost: stained glass snowflake $3*, snowman $2*, rockhopper penguin and wild Antarctica colouring free*

Superheroes and fairy tales
Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet some favourite costumed characters for a fantastic photo opportunity, thanks to Perth’s Allied Costumers. Make sure you tag your photos with #wamholidayfun on social media.
Times: 11am – 1pm
Dates: Sunday 10 July
Ages: all ages
Cost: children free *

For more information visit http://museum.wa.gov.au

5. KALAMUNDA CHRISTMAS IN JULY NIGHT MARKET
22nd July 5pm – 9pm.
Following on from the success of Kalamunda Farmers Market and the obvious success of other twilight markets around Perth, the support for a place where families can meet, shop, eat in a friendly traffic-free environment was overwhelming. The crowds have been huge and choice of food, arts crafts and luxury groceries has been amazing.

The spread of market stalls through the Central Mall, live music and street performers set a safe carnival atmosphere for young and old. Whilst dogs are permitted it does get very crowded and although we love dogs, are preference is that they be left at home. Heaps of stalls and shops – browse for hours and support local business. The first Christmas in July Night Market is on 22 July and after that we’re back in October with our monthly Night Market.
For more information visit www.kalamundanightmarket.com.au

6. XTREME ICE ARENA
This school hoildays you can build a snowman at Xtreme Ice Arena in Mirrabooka. Sessions are 1.30pm – 3.30pm 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th July. Younger children will also have great fun at their Rugrats on Ice Sessions held 8.30am – 9.30am 6th, 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th & 15th July. There is a big mound of snow to play with, ride on toys and a dedicated coach on hand to provide skating tips.

7. WINTER SUPPER CLUB
Enjoy at smorgasbord of winter warming food at the Winter Supper Club. One the last Friday of each month, Perth Town Hall under croft and foyer will transform into a colourful food market with live entertainment from music acts. You’ll find an array of savoury dishes, beverage and dessert options from Perth’s favourite street food vendors. visitperthcity.com.au/events/winter-supper-club

8. MRS CLAUS CHRISTMAS KINGDOM
Get into the Christmas spirit by visiting Mrs Claus’ Christmas Kingdom in Joondalup.
Mrs Claus’ believes that you need to visit her shop to EXPERIENCE the SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS.
Mrs Claus Christmas Kingdom opens for a period in JUNE & JULY for her HUGE “CHRISTMAS IN JULY” SALE.
Then reopens again in OCTOBER – DECEMBER for the Festive Season. Hope to see you all in the Store. Mrs Claus’ believes that creating a memory that will last a life time.
Mrs Claus Christmas Kingdom is located at 1/7 Delage Street, Joondalup. Opening hours are Weds – Sat 9am – 5pm. Sun 12pm – 5pm
For more information visit mrsclauschristmaskingdom.com.au

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the co-founder of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in television for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 9 and 6 and loves the family friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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