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First look at Adelaide’s pop-up Winter Village

The winter wonderland will feature an ice skating rink, an igloo village, daily snow showers and food & drink pop ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food.

For the first time ever, The Winter Village has come to Adelaide this May. The alpine-inspired winter wonderland is opening Friday, May 14 and will be open until 5th September.

The Winter Village has transformed the Torrens Parade Ground into a 3600m2 winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink, an igloo village, daily snow showers and food & drink pop ups serving the ultimate cosy comfort food.

After a blockbuster debut in Melbourne 2019, The Winter Village is excited to bring the activation to Adelaide this year along with some new additions, including a new Brunch & Skate package on weekends, a mega private party igloo and more frequent snow showers. The Winter Village will also pop up in Brisbane and Perth for the first time this year, as well as return to Melbourne.

The Winter Village is brought to life by Australian Venue Co, who operate popular pubs and bars in and around Adelaide including Brighton Metro Hotel, The Hope Inn, Waterloo Station Hotel and Payneham Tavern.

Activations Operations Manager Selena Majumdar is excited to bring The Winter Village to Adelaide, in a year when many people are looking for a new adventure without crossing state lines or going overseas.

“We’re still very restricted in the travel plans we can make, so we’re thrilled to be able to create an escape close to home this winter. We’ve gone all out this year and we are so excited to bring The Winter Village to Adelaide!” she said.

“It’s perfect for a novel night out with friends, a fun day in with the family or for a unique event with clients.”

For the ultimate The Winter Village experience, guests can pre-book private igloos and cabins. They are ideal for afternoon or evening sessions enjoying some drinks and bites.

There are 23 standard igloos, which can accommodate 2-5 people and include the choice of two food & beverage packages. There’s a 6m wide igloo, perfect for groups and parties of 14 guests and a private party cabin that’s ideal for larger groups of up to 47 people. All igloos/cabins must be pre-booked via The Winter Village website.

The Standard Igloo Package is $49pp and includes a Grazing Plate of chips, dips, mini pretzels and cured meats, Fried Chicken Bites, Mac & Cheese Croquettes, Dirty Fries, Herbed Slaw, Mash, Gravy, a choice of wine or beer, and a Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert. Those looking to indulge can upgrade to the Premium Package for $69pp, which includes an additional espresso martini-flavoured chocolate fudge dipping sauce, berries, brownies, marshmallows & cookies and the choice of an Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini, wine or beer. Vegetarian options are available for both packages.

The new Brunch & Skate package will let the weekend warriors work up an appetite with a 45-minute skate session, followed by a well-earned brunch in a private igloo. Brunch & Skate packages are available every Saturday and Sunday at 10am, for $35 per adult and $22 per child.

Ice skating passes can be booked online, with 45-minute sessions available during opening hours. Passes are $24 for adults, $18 for children aged 6-14 and $10 for children aged 3-5.

Entry to The Winter Village is free, walk in customers can order food & beverage directly from the pop up bars, with casual outdoor seating available. The Winter Village is operated by Australian Venue Co & sponsored by Emu Australia.

Tickets can be purchased here

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