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    November 13, 2018

    Queen Victoria Market and Air Canada create Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice rink this December

    1-24 December 2018

    Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market has partnered with Canada’s flag carrier to create Melbourne’s first outdoor summer ice rink. The Air Canada Ice Rink - the centrepiece of the Market’s festive celebrations - will invite market shoppers to enjoy the magical spirit of a northern hemisphere Christmas during the first three weeks of Australia’s summer (1–24 December 2018). 

    The Air Canada Ice Rink will ‘pop-up’ under the Market’s 140-year-old historic sheds and merge Canada's famous winter culture with Australia's summer celebrations.  

    The ice rink will offer cool, festive fun for skaters of all ages. Skating sessions will run hourly with skates, helmets, skate aides (and pads for exposed knees) available for hire. 

    With the airline expanding their non-stop routes from Melbourne to Vancouver, Air Canada is also offering Melburnians a tempting taste of Canada. Rink-side treats will include maple syrup ice cream from the Market’s Geloso Gelateria, Canada's legendary poutine (a national treasure of French fries, cheese curds and gravy), plus fairy floss and popcorn for little ones.  

    To spread the Christmas cheer, Queen Victoria Market is offering the chance for one lucky skater to win a return flight for two to Vancouver with Air Canada. Full competition details available at  

    Stan Liacos, Chief Executive Officer of Queen Victoria Market, invites market shoppers to literally get their skates on this summer:  

    “We’re delighted to partner with Air Canada for the first time and bring to life the ‘cool’ idea of ice skating outdoors during Australian summertime.  

    “The Market is already known for being a festive hub in December and the Air Canada Ice Rink will create a fun space for families to take a break from the buzz of Christmas shopping.” 



    1–24 December 2018 on market days (Tuesday and Thursday through to Sunday). The Market and the ice rink will be open on Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December. On Wednesdays, the rink will be open in the evening only, 5pm–10pm alongside the Summer Night Market. Rink open times vary each day - visit for full details. 


    Tickets can be booked online at and in person at the rink. 

    Adults $15, Children $10 (under 14 years), Kanga Skating Aides $8, Family (2 adults 2 children) $45. 
    Ticket price includes skate hire and helmets and knee pads. 
    Sessions begin at the start of the hour and run for 45 minutes.  

    Cool down this summer at Queen Victoria Market's ice rink

    Cool down this summer at Queen Victoria Market's ice rink