Christmas in Ballarat

Ballarat’s CBD will come alive this Christmas with some standout new decorations joining the city’s iconic light and floral displays to depict this year’s theme of celebrating ‘Under the Same Stars’.

2020 has impacted all of us in some way. But regardless of our differences or beliefs, we have faced these challenges together.

That is why, at this special time of year, we are inviting people from all backgrounds and nationalities to celebrate the joy of Christmas ‘Under the Same Stars’ as we look to a brighter future.

Come for Ballarat's festive spirit and beautiful decorations, stay for the great shopping and foodie delights!

Our elves will start decorating the city from mid-November, with all the decorations set to be in place from Tuesday 1 December.

2020 Christmas in Ballarat map

Click here for a printable PDF of the map 


Christmas Window Trail
The Christmas Window Trail will surprise and delight. The collection of temporary artworks is inspired by the theming 'Our Stories' will represent Ballarat as a location and a unique community. The...
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Floral Reindeer & Sleigh
Ballarat's infamous reindeer are back. These festive sculptures have become an icon for Ballarat at Christmas time. Come and take a photo with Santa's reindeer and share it across the world as so many...
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Giant Walk-Through Bauble
The Giant Walk-Through Bauble is a must see this Christmas. Watch as the Giant Bauble's light sparkle, creating the perfect festive photo opportunity.Walk through the magic of the bauble - but don't...
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Gingerbread House
Come and see Ballarat's delicious-looking Gingerbread House located in the pop-up space in Albert Street. Children's faces will light up when they see the colourful fairy-tale layered with lollies...
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Michael Unwin Wines Sale
To celebrate the opening of the winery at its new Ballarat location, Michael Unwin Wines is holding a three day sale. This is the sort of sale that regular Michael Unwin Wines customers rave about...
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Ruby Pilven Ceramics Christmas Open Studio Sale
Come and visit Ruby Pilven's ceramics studio in Smythes Creek, ten minutes outside of Ballarat.You can see a real pottery set up and buy colourful handbuilt and wheel thrown ceramics.Cash only.
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Santa's Kingdom Bridge Mall
Visit Santa in his Kingdom at the Bridge Mall. Tell Santa all the things you want for Christmas, take a photo and visit the Christmas windows. This year there is a Covid-safe Santa sled to ensure your...
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Christmas celebrations at RJMs Wine Bar
Christmas celebration for two weekends - Friday 11th – Sunday 13th December and Friday 18th - Sunday 20th December. Cost is $65 per person. Fridays and Saturdays - Book your table from 5pm onwards...
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The Bridge Mall Secret Santa Gift Grab
Join the Bridge Mall on the 12th of December for the Secret Santa Gift Grab. Simply spend $30 or more in a single transaction on Friday the 11th or Saturday 12th of December to enter in the Secret...
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Christmas Market
On the Friday before Christmas, Balarat Farmers Market will be holding a special market focusing on gifts and some food items. There will be a coffee van and hot food (including Tim Bone's Toasties)...
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Christmas Lunch at the Boatshed
Spend one of the most special days of the year at the Boatshed Restaurant.You and your family are invited to join us for a special Christmas Lunch over looking Lake Wendouree.$160 per person includes...
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Shop small and support local in Ballarat this Christmas
Show your support for Ballarat's small businesses by shopping locally this festive season. To get you started, we've put together a list of some of our favourite local retailers... Something special...
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The artists and stories behind Ballarat's Christmas Window Trail
This year's Christmas Window Trail celebrates Ballarat's unique history and stories. Commissioned by the City of Ballarat, six local artists have put their own spin on the theme 'Our Stories' with CBD...
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Christmas with Ballarat's Intercultural Ambassadors
Different cultures have their own unique ways of celebrating Christmas. We spoke to four of the City of Ballarat's Intercultural Ambassadors to find out how they honour the festive season away from...
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