Mandurah's first Winter Wonderland to open on Friday

It’s only a matter of hours until Mandurah’s first winter festival opens its doors to keen ice-skaters and eager festival goers.

The city’s own Winter Wonderland will take off on Friday morning to offer more than 20 days packed with live entertainment, ice-skating, innovative food, and family fun surrounded by world-class estuary views.

The idea of bringing a winter event to Mandurah was first conceived by local business owners a few months ago, who hoped a family event would help boost winter trade around the foreshore.

The group teamed up with local space activation group Shape Mandurah and the City of Mandurah to put on the show which will feature a 25-30 metre ice rink, pop up spaces for local businesses, and family activities around the foreshore.

The event will also include a boho-chic cabin bar operated by local eatery Flic’s Kitchen, which will accommodate 200 customers and feature a fully licensed bar, a new food menu and live entertainment.

“We’ve got a fully stocked bar, we’ve got a kids play area going in, candy stall, ice-cream stall, we are doing food every day from 11 o’clock and on the weekends there’s going to be pop-up food stalls as well,” Flic’s Kitchen owner Flic Evans said.

“It’s going to be fully heated and it’s going to look awesome.”

The space will be located right next to the city’s first ice-skating rink, to allow parents who wish to unwind to have a drink while keeping an eye on their children.

It will also feature a playground for younger customers to play, and plenty of food options for the whole family.

However, the space is also designed to be transformed into a night venue when the sun goes down, with DJs, musicians, entertainment, theme nights and acoustic sessions set to take over the space.

To purchase tickets to the event go to the Shape Mandurah website