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!

Christmas map
***Please note, this map is not to scale***







Click here for a printable PDF of the map


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