Winterfest Camden a huge hit with families

Gale force winds and freezing conditions didn't stop thousands of eager families from flocking to Camden's inaugural Winterfest.

Attendees enjoyed live entertainment, winter-themed activities and plenty of delicious winter food over the past three days.

The event was the brainchild of the Argyle Business Collective and Camden Council.

Collective president Andrew Valciukas said he was impressed with the number of visitors despite the tough weather conditions.

"The speed of the wind certainly kept some people away but the overall response we have had from the people who did come was that they were absolutely thrilled," he said.

"Some of the ice skating sessions on Sunday morning sold out before the event and all of the other sessions were running at over 90 per cent capacity.

"The line for the giant snowglobe seemed never-ending too.

"There were lots of little kids in there having snowball fights with their parents."

More than 10,000 people attended the three-day event.

Winterfest came to fruition after the success of the Jacaranda Festival held earlier this year.

Mr Valciukas said the event had also been a big bonus for local businesses.

"A lot of families enjoyed a meal in town before or after their ice-skating session," he said.

"The feedback from business owners has been great.

"I took my kids ice-skating on Friday night and then we went for a meal at the Plough and Harrow - and it was nice to see that we weren't the only ones doing that.

"My kids begged me to go back so we went on Sunday as well."

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli was ecstatic to see the event come to life in such a spectacular way.

"It was truly magical to have such an exciting winter wonderland right in the heart of Camden," Cr Fedeli said.

"You could see the excitement in everyone's faces while ice skating as well as taking part in more fun including our life-size snow globe and even the mechanical snowboard ride.

"The live street performers, stall holders and event partners throughout Argyle Street and its surrounds made the event a true Camden winter experience.

"It was equally a great way to celebrate the improvements made to Argyle Street and the Camden town centre recently."

Mr Valciukas said Winterfest would become an annual event.

"All the preliminary feedback from council is that the event will go ahead next year," he said.

"We will investigate getting a bigger ice rink and see how we can make the festival evolve and grow to be even bigger and better next year."