July 11th - 14th sees Circular Quay transformed into a sight for sore eyes for French expats. Bastille Festival promises art, wine tastings, and authentic food without the jetlag. They use the wintery weather to full advantage, with a Christmas Village and Ski village in The Rocks. There’s also a cinema screening family favourites and French classics, and a Carousel Kids Village to keep the young ones entertained. Check out the street performances and sample the wines, beers, ciders, and produce at your leisure. Alternatively, go for one of the more structured wine and cheese pairings with options ranging from $39 to $89.
Head to St Mary’s Cathedral and embrace the cold with some ice skating. The rink will be available from June 28th through til July 10th, as well as ice slides, a jumping castle, a bar, and food vendors. Tuesdays are date nights, and they’ll be pumping old school RnB on Thursdays. The rink is fully accessible for wheelchair users too.
Want more ice skating adventures? Disney On Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends is touring Sydney this July (17th - 21st). The exciting, interactive show is a celebration of 90 years of Disney, and will feature all your kids’ favourites: Moana, Dory, the Toy Story cast, Elsa and Anna, and more!
Warm up with a decadent Italian-style hot chocolate at RivaReno Darlinghurst. Made with Valrhona single origin Grand Cru ‘Manjari’ (aka one of the best chocolates in the world), the rich cup will transport you straight to Madagascar. Pair it with some fresh hot crepes, or perhaps a scoop of a zesty gelato to balance out the sweetness.
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