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Cool Yule: Sydney’s very own winter wonderland

Darling Harbour

For Sydney families feeling the chill but not able to make it to the snow, Cool Yule offers a winter wonderland right in the heart of Darling Harbour throughout the NSW school holidays.

To kick off his big adventure, three-year-old Robert explores the enchanted Frozen Forest at Darling Quarter, and at twenty metres high and almost twenty metres long, it’s like something out of a Disney movie.

As he gazes in awe at the frosty cave, snow-capped trees and fairy lights, Robert is taken off guard by a synthetic snow blast that swirls through the forest.

Just like any other city kid who has never been to the snow, the novelty of the experience makes him jump out of his stroller to catch the falling snow flakes. A child's wonder at their first snow fall is always a captivating sight to behold.

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Next up in his icy adventure is a visit to Nova 96.9's ice-skating rink where Robert joins a crowd of kids being treated to a special performance by the Stars on Ice.

Wide-eyed, Robert exclaims "wow" as the sparkling skaters whiz past his vantage point, gliding by to all the Top 40 songs he loves from the radio.

The audience is so inspired by this high energy show that they also want to take to the ice as soon as they can.

Luckily, there are life-size skating aids in the shape of penguins to help the littlies learn to skate.

In addition, there is no restriction on age; all are welcome from littlies to mum and dad as families eagerly make their way onto the ice.

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Over at the Snow Pit, the novelty of ice-skating set aside for now, Robert finds that building a snowman is much more his style and his dream of bringing his very own 'Olaf' from ‘Frozen’ to life is fulfilled as he belts out an acapella version of ‘Let it Go'.

And after taking a few fun photos at the Cool Yule Selfie Station, it is with a contented smile and a weary yawn that Robert retreats to the comfort of his stroller, winding up another great festival adventure.

This is before he's even been for a ride on the Cool Yule Ferris Wheel or watched the Frosty Fireworks display lighting up the Saturday night sky.

Perhaps mummy and daddy can stay up for those highlights, but for now it's time for Robert to go to sleep and dream of snowman Olaf, Princess Elsa and his very own starring role in Sydney's real-life answer to ‘Frozen’.

Who needs a long drive to the snow with bored and grumpy kids when there is so much frozen fun being offered in the heart of the city, at one of Sydney's most family-friendly locations?

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