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8 things to do at Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

Visit Ballarat

14 Jun 2022

Filed underSee & Do

From 24 June until 17 July, Winter Wonderlights will transform Sovereign Hill’s iconic streetscapes and goldfields into a wonderland of sound, lights and wintry delights.

Think falling snow, blazing fires, delicious food, warming drinks, hands-on activities, live music and interactive theatre shows.

So gather your family and friends and ignite your senses at Sovereign Hill‘s annual winter spectacular, part of the Ballarat Winter Festival.

Shining streetscapes

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

Let it snow!

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

Late Night Wonderlights

Introducing the adults-only edition of Winter Wonderlights.

On Friday 15 July from 8pm, 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 the New York Bakery for a warming two-course meal featuring traditional and contemporary 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’ Grotto

Snap a photo with St Nick inside his traditional winter hut to celebrate Christmas in July.

Arts and crafts

Little ones can get creative as they craft keepsake artworks to take home.

Live entertainment

Enjoy free nightly 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.

Winter Wonderlights runs from Friday 24 June until Sunday 17 July, with Sovereign Hill open from 10am–7pm daily (snow and light shows from 5pm).

Tickets are adult $58.20, child $29, and family of six $146.40 (2 adults, 4 children).

Some experiences and events will need to be booked separately.

Explore the full Winter Wonderlights program and book tickets at

And find out more about the Ballarat Winter Festival at


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.