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The Light in Winter Festival

With the popular Light in Winter Festival held in June each year, visitors to Melbourne during the winter months can enjoy this fantastic evening event in Melbourne’s cool winter.

The yearly winter program runs all through the month of June and is held at Federation Square in Melbourne. It is an exciting experience to see the Square come to life at dusk with the creative lighting, mellow music and artistic expression.

Light in Winter Festival 2017 Dates – Federation Square, Melbourne

Robyn Archer, an arts luminary in her own right, is credited with organizing the Light in Winter Festival. Archer brings together local and international acts on one platform, giving visitors the experience of a lifetime. The best thing about the festival is that it offers free entry for the night time events.

The Winter Solstice celebration also attracts many visitors, and for good reason. The Solstice presents the longest night of the year before ushering a night of celebrations, good food, music and great company. Come along on the 24th of June 2017 from 3pm to 8pm and enjoy live music and light installations, with heaps of arts, crafts and food stalls.

Between 1 – 23 July 2017, there will also be an outdoor ice-skating rink in Federation Square which will operate daily between 10am-10pm as well as a carousel which kids will love!

Winter Feasts will fill your belly with delicious winter fare between 1 June – 31 August 2017 as you will find hot chocolate pudding, salty pretzels and heaps of food trucks selling plenty of other tasty treats.

The festival is located in Federation Square, which is easily accessible by public transport (Flinders Street Station) or visitors can park their car in the Federation Square car park for a fee.

There are plenty of restaurants and bars within the Federation Square precinct, so come and spend a night at this wonderful event.


01 June 2017 to 31 August 2017

Event Times

Winter Solstice: 24 June (3pm-8pm)
Ice Skating: 1-23 July
Carousel: 1-23 July
Winter Feasts: 1 June – 31 August


Federation Square


Flinders Street
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9655 1900
[email protected]


Ice Skating
Adult: $24.50
Conc: $22.00
Junior (3-5yrs): $15.00
Child (6-14yrs): $18.50
Family (2Ad + 2Ch): $71.00

General Admission: $6.00


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    • Hi Frances,

      The light installations will be present each night, however the opening ceremony where a campfire is lit on the 2nd of June and will remain lit throughout the festival. The program starts from dusk each night with a range of artistic and musical performances as wells as pop-up food and craft stalls.

      Enjoy the festival!


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