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Snow Time In The Garden

Come to the Hunter Valley during these school holidays and experience the snow at Hunter Valley gardens..

Stay at Elfin Hill mid week Sunday – Thursday nights. We are offering a very special rate from $140 for 2 guests per night, including breakfast, a bottle of Hunter Wine and handmade chocolates.  Children under 6 stay free.  Children over 6 years a charge of $40 per night, includes breakfast. Queen rooms, family rooms and the very special loft/villa are available.

Friday 27 June – Sunday 13 July – 9.00am – 9.00pm

Snow Time in the Garden is on again these School Holidays at Hunter Valley Gardens. Bring along the whole family and enjoy a number of fabulous icy experiences in our Marquee Area and Storybook Garden Play Zone over this fantastic 2 week event!

All of these listed activities are FREE after paid Garden entry, a great day out for the whole family!


*Please note that the Chocolate Festival will run in conjunction with Snow Time on the weekend of the 5 and 6 July 2014.

REAL ICE SKATING RINK – DAILY 10.00am – 9.00pm (last session 8.30pm)
Children and adults can enjoy zooming around to lights and music on our new Real Ice Skating Rink which will be undercover (roof only) in our marquee. This will be sessions run for 20 minutes for up to 200 skaters starting from 10.00am every day. Ice skates, helmets and some Bobby Seals (skating frame) will be provided. Children under the age of 10 years must wear a helmet.

REAL ICE TOBOGGAN – DAILY 10.00am – 9.00pm
Get your adrenalin pumping and rocket down on our brand new 25 metre toboggan! Located inside the marquee and attached to the Ice Skating rink with toboggans included.

SNOW TIME PLAY ZONE – DAILY 10.00am – 9.00pm
Kids can get creative and have the opportunity to play in the snow making their very own snowman or snow angel. All the equipment required for the snowman including hats, nose and eyes will be provided.

SNOW BALL CHALLENGE – DAILY 10.00am – 9.00pm
This volleyball style game will keep both children and adults entertained! Get your family and friends together for this super fun game.

Show off your skills on our awesome mechanical Snow Board and Alpine Racers. They will give a taste of downhill slalom adventure and downhill racing. The longer you stay on the mechanical Snow Board the faster it goes! Hold on!

Performances 28 & 29 June, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 July at 11.00am & 2.00pm.

Renowned International Ice Sculptor Kenji Ogawa specialises in large scale sculptures out of snow and ice. Kenji has carved frozen waterfalls, lakes and even icebergs around the world. Kenji produces traditional hand-made ice sculptures with a chainsaw and has done many large scale ice sculpting demonstrations on stage. Some ice sculptures that will be carved during Snow Time will include Penguins, Bear, Moose and Kangaroos.

Saturday’s 28 June, 5 July, 12 July 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm & 3:30pm
Sunday’s 29 June, 6 July, 13 July 10:00am, 11:30am, 2:00pm & 3:30pm

Come and see these beautiful dogs and learn how to train and run dog teams with 2, 4 and 6 dogs per team. You will be shown harnessing, directional training using voice commands, the origins of racing in Australia and lots of other information shared. Visit for further details.

Meet and greet the dogs, trainers and owners who have had experience in competing internationally in Norway and the USA.


See the magic of Snow and Winter come to life roaming around the Gardens

Kids! Get into the spirit of Snow Time and get your face painted by our fantastic artists. This is located in the Storybook Garden every day.

SNOW DOG OF THE DAY – DAILY 10.00am – 2.00pm
See a different snow dog every day! Breeds include Samoyed, Alaskan Malamute, Chow Chow, Newfoundland, Keeshond, Shiba Inu, Tibetan Terriers, Borzoi, Tibetan Mastiff and Bernese Mountain Dog.

COMPETITION CODE WORDSNOW DOG – This year come and meet our SNOW DOG of the day!

See the Hunter Valley with an experience like no other! Departing from Hunter Valley Gardens we offer you the most spectacular way of viewing and experiencing the Hunter Valley. Slattery helicopters joy flights, $60pp from 10am-5pm


SNOW TIME CAFE – DAILY from 10.00am
Bring your family and friends and enjoy one of our many selections of Winter warmers available throughout the day and night. This is located to the right as you come through out Garden Entry.

FROSTY’S FOOD COURT – DAILY 10.00am – 8.30pm
Treat yourself to some of the tasty food and beverage options located outside in The Avenue. Some yummy options include, coffee, hot chocolate, warm nuts, Gozleme, German sausage, pies, snow cones, fairy floss and much more.

All listed activities are FREE after the payment of the entry fee. 

Later Event: July 20
Mid Week Special