Queenstown's Welcome to Winter Festival 2021

Welcome to Winter

A Celebration and Festival of all Things Winter

YES!  We have a winter festival of sorts coming back 2021!  3 huge wintery days will bring together local businesses to showcase all the best of Winter in Queenstown.  With both free and ticketed events, this long weekend is a must see and do this season!  And even more so, let’s get behind these local businesses who have fought to stay open in the face of travel restrictions to bring you this years festivities.

For decades we have had the Winter Festival, but due to covid restrictions and challenges the organisers have re-invented the event to a smaller more action packed few days. 

So Come Stay and Play with us as Spinnaker Bay Apartments and support our winter industry, have fun and enjoy the atmosphere.  Live music to winter markets, on-mountain events, fireworks and more – book with us and lose yourself in 3 days of winter madness!


Friday 2 July

❄️️     Welcome to Winter Skyline Business Lunch

❄️️     Winter Wonderland Christmas Market

  • 3pm – 9:30pm, The Mall
  • Arts, Crafts, Food & Festivities
  • More info

❄️️     The TomTom Sound Stage

  • 4pm – 10pm, Earnslaw Park
  • Featuring headline acts Jackie Bristow & Dual
  • Free. More info

❄️️     Republic Social Club

  • 4pm – 9pm, Earnslaw Park
  • Food & Bar

❄️️     NZ Mountain Film Festival

❄️️     Cardrona Legends of Steel Rail Showdown

❄️️     Miss Lucy’s White Party

❄️️     FIREWORKS!


Saturday 3 July

❄️️     Queenstown Ice Arena Superhero & Ice Princess Party

  • 10am – 5pm, Queenstown Ice Arena
  • Face Painting, Music, Ice Bumper Cars & Ice Princesses
  • Entry Fee. More info

❄️️     Winter Wonderland Christmas Market

  • 10am – 8pm, The Mall
  • Arts, Crafts, Food & Festive Atmosphere
  • More info

❄️️     The TomTom Sound Stage

  • 4pm – 9pm, Earnslaw Park
  • Featuring headline acts Laughton Kora
  • Free. More info

❄️️     Republic Social Club

  • 2pm – 9pm, Earnslaw Park
  • Food & Bar

❄️️     NZ Mountain Film Festival

❄️️     Welcome to Winter Gala

  • 7pm – Late, TSS Earnslaw/Walter Peak High Country Farm
  • Festivities, Food & Live Entertainment
  • Ticketed Event.

❄️️     Coronet Peak - First Base – A Vintage Après Ski Soiree

  • 4pm onwards, Coronet Peak Ski Area
  • Night Ski & Live Entertainment featuring Owl Eyes
  • Free. More info.


Sunday 4 July

❄️️     Coronet Peak – Mountain Fun Day

  • 11am – 2pm, Coronet Peak Ski Area
  • Suitcase Race, Snowman Competition, Prizes & Family Fun Activities
  • Free. More info. 

❄️️     The Remarkables – First Base – A Vintage Après Ski Soiree

  • 12pm – 4pm, The Remarkables Ski Area
  • Apres session at Ice Bar
  • Free. More info.

❄️️     Frank's Eatery - Christmas in July Dinner

  • 5pm-9pm at Frank's Eatery
  • Enjoy a 2-course dinner, Christmas tunes, festive tableware and Winter drink specials.
  • Ticketed Event

❄️️     Ladi6 LIVE at Sherwood [SOLD OUT]


Check out the festivals Facebook event for updates and more info as the days unfold.


As usual, transport is always expected to be busy, so we urge you to share a ride, or share a bus.  This year there is a free ‘Park & Ride’ shuttle from the corner of Hawthorne Drive and Red Oaks Drive for the mountain events:

❄️️      Friday 2 July between 3-9 pm and Saturday 3 July between 11 am - 3 pm.


We are super excited to welcome you back to Queenstown in 2021 for a season of amazing boarding, riding, skiing, touring & playing in this beautiful winter alpine town of ours.  Let’s kick off the season together with a great festival to get things underway!

Contact us for accommodation options and apartments that are designed to make your winter holiday as comfortable as possible!

See you soon

The team at Spinnaker Bay Apartments, Queenstown, NZ