Snow Time in the Garden!

Winter has come! And for families all across the Hunter, this means just one thing - it’s Snow Time in the Garden.

Every year since 2011 (excluding 2020), Hunter Valley Gardens has created the coolest family event, bringing the snow to our region and the fun activities associated with this freezing, powdery delight. There’s no need to travel all the way to the NSW snowfields when Snow Time in the Garden is available on our doorstep, and nothing could be more beautiful than playing in the snow on one of our Wintery sunny days with the children in your life.


Due to COVID restrictions, from 1 July Hunter Valley Gardens will be open from 9am to 5pm. Last entry at 3:30pm. Snow Time activities will be operating from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The amusement rides will be operating from 10am to 4pm. Last ride at 3:45pm.

This year’s event is all the more exciting because the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Hitting right smack in the middle of prime planning time, COVID directly impacted the event, with all the preparation work coming to a grinding halt. Even when the lockdown was over, Government restrictions around crowd numbers meant that the event was no longer viable, and six months of planning went to waste. If the 2020 event had not been cancelled, this year would have marked the 10th anniversary of Snow Time at the Garden. This milestone will now be celebrated next year instead.

Another reason to be excited about this year’s event is the brand-new snowmaking machine that has just been erected, ready to pump out finer, more realistic snow in greater amounts than ever before. In the past, the snow was made by shaving ice for the Snow Play Zone, but now the snow will be as good as the real thing, and there’ll be heaps of it.

The event runs from Saturday 19 June until Sunday 18 July and is a wonderful way to use your Dine and Discover vouchers which are valid until 31st July 2021. They can’t be redeemed for online purchases – only tickets purchased at the Garden entry gates on the day of use. Discover vouchers can also be used to purchase ride tokens or unlimited wristbands. You can also use your Dine vouchers at the Garden Terrace but not at the food marquees.

Hunter Valley Gardens will be transformed into a magical ice adventure playground full of fun and frosty adventures for children of all ages. A perfect destination to celebrate Christmas in July with a snowy theme and frosty fun for all the family. Snow Time entry includes:


The famous Ice-Skating Rink has been extended this year so that skaters have lots of room to glide like a professional, with sessions lasting for 20 minutes and opening at 10am every day. The rink can hold more than 200 skaters at a time. Skating sessions can only be reserved on the day at the ticket booth outside the Ice-Skating marquee. If you don’t want to miss out, get there early and book in – get your skates on! Skating aids (Bobby Seals) will be available for hire for $5 each and ONLY for children six years and under. An adult must accompany children under five on the ice.


A firm family favourite, the Ice Toboggan is super-fast, crazy fun and 45 metres long. Grab a tube and speed down the slide to get your adrenaline pumping. It’s guaranteed that one trip down the slide will not be enough! Children under four must be accompanied by an adult.


Perfect for everyone in the family, this specially designed space has been created to provide a realistic snow experience that is ideal for people who have never seen snow before. Build a snowman, make a snow angel, or just play in the snow for some icy fun.


Don’t miss the giant Snow Cave filled with animatronic Arctic animals such as polar bears and penguins. The little ones in your life will be absolutely delighted by this magical Winter wonderland. It’s recommended to wear weatherproof/waterproof clothing, including gloves, jackets, pants and shoes, especially for smaller children who will be sitting in the Snow Play Zone. It’s advisable to bring along an extra set of clothing and a towel.

In addition to Snow Time activities, there will be roaming entertainment, and the Hunter Valley Gardens popular amusement rides will also be open and guaranteed to excite the kids – young and old. These include:


This beautiful 25 metre Ferris Wheel provides spectacular views of the surrounding Gardens, wineries, mountains and countryside, something the whole family can enjoy on a sunny Winter’s day. Children below 120cm must ride with an adult.