Sovereign Hill’s winter spectacle Winter Wonderlights kicks off this weekend

Sovereign Hill’s winter spectacle Winter Wonderlights kicks off this weekend

Winter Wonderlights kicks off on Saturday 25 June. Runs until Sunday 17 July.

Ballarat’s iconic living museum Sovereign Hill will welcome the return of its spectacular annual winter event Winter Wonderlights this Saturday 25 June, running daily until Sunday 17 July.

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For three weeks, Winter Wonderlights will transform Sovereign Hill’s iconic streetscapes and goldfields into a winter wonderland, complete with dazzling lights, falling snow, blazing fires, delicious food, warming drinks, hands-on activities, live music and interactive theatre shows.

Visitors can escape to Ballarat to wander Sovereign Hill’s magical settings after dark and soak up the sound, lights and wintry delights as Sovereign Hill ignites the senses this winter.

Here are some things to look forward to if you’re making the trip:

Shining Streetscapes: Witness a kaleidoscope of colour and music as vibrant projections shine across Sovereign Hill’s iconic street settings.

Snowings: Watch as Main Street is decorated in daily dustings of white faux snow.

Late Night Wonderlights: Experience Sovereign Hill but not as you remember it from school excursions. Grab a drink and be enchanted by the lights while listening to live music in this late-night wonderland event.

Winter Wonderlights Dinner: Cosy up inside at the New York Bakery for a warming two-course meal featuring traditional and contemporary style dishes.

Diggings After Dark: Be transported back to a typical night on the diggings complete with roaring fires, sing-a-longs, police raids and evening sounds.

St Nicholas’s Grotto: Snap a photo with St Nick inside his traditional winter hut to celebrate Christmas in July.

Aura: Feel the vibrations as stars explode in front of your eyes, watch as the land is transformed by the gold rush and dive into the chaos of the Eureka Rebellion.

Arts and crafts: Little ones can get creative as they craft keepsake artwork to take home.

Live entertainment: Enjoy nightly free performances from Blackbeard the Pirate and Sovereign Hill’s own in-house band, The Welcome Strangers as well as classic Christmas carols played by a good old-fashioned brass ensemble.


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Winter Wonderlights tickets are available now. Admission tickets (valid until 7pm) start from $58.20 for an adult, $29 for a child and $146.40 for a family of 6 (2 adults, 4 children) with some  experiences and events booked separately.

Winter Wonderlights takes place at Sovereign Hill, Ballarat from Saturday, June 25 to Sunday, July 17 2022 from 10am, with snow and light shows from 5pm. 

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