Welcome to the 43rd Queenstown Winter Festival. Planning is well underway as the team behind the scenes is creating an action-packed programme for the new four-day format.
This year the festival runs from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 25 June. The Queenstown Winter Festival is a four day celebration of the start of winter. Live music, fireworks, comedy, sporting action, après ski indulgence, and mountain madness – there’s something for everyone and most events are free.
The iconic fireworks display will take place on Friday 23 June at 7.00 pm as well as a special Queenstown Winter Festival opening that is planned for the evening of Thursday 22 June.
Queenstowners have always loved winter but it was only made official when the very first Queenstown Winter Festival took place in 1975. A group of locals decided that the start of winter was a great excuse to have a party. They organised races on the mountains, with lollies for the little people and beers for the bigger people. With a concert or two and a town-wide ball thrown in, Winter Festival was a great success. News of the fun spread quickly and the next year people came from further afield to join the festivities.
Since then the Festival has evolved into New Zealand’s – and perhaps the southern hemispheres – biggest celebration of winter! The event attracts more than 45,000 visitors each year!
“While the business focus of the Festival is to attract visitors to Queenstown for the start of the winter season, the Festival wouldn’t fly without engaging the local community and the energy participation by businesses and residents brings,” said Ms Buckingham, Queenstown Winter Festival Director.
To see the entire Day by Day programme of events – please click here
Town will be a buzz with people celebrating the arrival of winter in true Queenstown style!
Winter Festival has something for everyone. There are events for families, snow bunnies, or those just looking for some winter fun.
Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel is proudly one of the accommodation partners. Our boutique hotel was designed with the sophisticated traveller in mind and dedicated to creating a premium experience. We are a short walk into town where all the action will be happening … join us for celebrations!!