Ayrburn’s Mid-Winter Christmas Wonderland experience kicks off this week, and we have all of the details

At Ayrburn, the sprawling hospitality precinct on the outskirts of Arrowtown, nothing is done by halves. The Southland hotspot has quickly become the place to be in the area, and, while we’re never short on reasons to plan a visit — given the locale, winter is when Ayrburn truly comes into its own.

This year, founder Chris Meehan and his clever team have stepped things up a notch — transforming Ayrburn into a spectacular winter wonderland. The precinct’s inaugural mid-winter ‘Christmas Wonderland’ experience has seen the grounds adorned in striking light displays and larger-than-life decorations, with an ice skating rink popping up to fully enliven the white Christmas experience.


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There are a number of events taking place across the coming month suited to every age and proclivity — from Après-ski sessions to bespoke brunches to elf hunts and more, here we round up everything taking place at the precinct this July.

Après-ski at Ayrburn

When: Open now until September 22nd, The Manure Room at Ayrburn
Bookings: book here

With rousing DJ sets, winter specials, and delicious food, Ayrburn has become the home of Après, inviting slope-goers to round off the day well with daily drink deals from 4pm, food specials to refuel post-exertion, and, come Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, DJs taking to the decks to get the party started.

Christmas Bubbly Brunch

When: The first Saturday of every month, The Woolshed at Ayrburn
Bookings: book here

Ayrburn’s Bubbly Brunch Saturdays is an uproarious weekly shindig not to be missed, where the bubbles are flowing, the brunch banquet is exquisite, cocktails are boundless, and donning your best wares is encouraged. Be warned, this event sells out quick, so secure a spot ASAP to get in on the action.

Whimsical Light Displays & Magical Christmas Decorations

When: In-situ now until the end of July at Ayrburn
Bookings: free event

Inspired by the iconic light displays of Oxford Street, Ayrburn’s Christmas Wonderland sees the striking grounds adorned with oversized ornaments, towering Nutcrackers, and festive decorations, lit by spectacular light installations that will transport you to another world. For families planning a visit, there are plenty of activities to keep kids entertained for hours, including elf hunts and many a hot chocolate station.

Ice Skating at Ayrburn

When: Open from the 6th — 23rd of July at The Dell at Ayrburn
Bookings: Purchase tickets directly at the rink, or add to your reservation at checkout when booking online in any of Ayrburn’s venues.

Glide across Ayrburn’s enchanting ice rink or watch on the sidelines with a mulled wine or hot chocolate to warm your hands, inspired by the elegance of St. Moritz. For experienced skaters, as well as beginners, this activity is perfect for all ages — bringing a touch of European winter charm to the South.

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