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Get ready Ballarat, it’s Winter Wonderland and time to skate!

Mayor John Philips holds up our first skater Samara Muir, 3, and standing by is Sir Bors, Kryal Castle, supporting the school holidays.

LACE up your skates Ballarat! The Winterlude pop-up ice skating rink in Ballarat’s CBD opened on Saturday.

Located in Armstrong Street between Myer and the Town Hall, the pop-up ice skating rink is the drawcard attraction of Ballarat’s first Winterlude event presented by the City of Ballarat and Ballarat Regional Tourism. To celebrate its opening professional junior ice skater Lucette Horsfield showed off her skills in a special figure skating demonstration last Friday.

The pop-up ice skating rink is the perfect place to take the kids during the winter school holidays, with toboggan rides also on offer. Tickets to skate are on sale now. The ice skating rink will be open Saturday 27 June to Sunday 12 July between 9.30am and 7.30pm every day.

Ice Skating session times are one hour and skaters must bring their own gloves and arrive 20 minutes prior to start time. Bookings are essential for ice skating. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children per session and are available to purchase at www.ballaratwinterlude.com.au

Tickets for the toboggan rides can only be purchased on site (from 27 June) and cost $5 for 5 slides. A series of ice skating demonstrations will also be held throughout the school holidays. Winterlude will be held across various locations, restaurants and attractions from June until August this year. More info on the event program is available at: www.ballaratwinterlude.com.au

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr John Philips said that it has been a long time since we have seen a ice skating rink in Ballarat.

“Many people say we have a cooler climate and its ideal for us to be able to value add to the cool weather and have something that fits with it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people here having a great time. Ballarat is so alive these days, we have events running throughout the year and that’s what people want.”