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Embrace the chill at the Ballarat Winter Festival

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06 Jun 2024

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Rug up and embrace the chill at the 2024 Ballarat Winter Festival.

From 29 June until 21 July, the annual three-week festival celebrates Ballarat’s signature season with a series of special events, activities and unique offerings.

For the full program, visit

Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

Celebrate 10 years of magic at Sovereign Hill‘s Winter Wonderlights.

From 28 June until 21 July, Sovereign Hill’s iconic streetscapes will again be transformed into a glorious winter wonderland of dazzling projections, blazing fires, delicious food and drinks, hands-on activities, live music and interactive theatre shows.

Since the city’s first Winter Wonderlights in 2014, more than 770,000 people have experienced one of regional Australia’s biggest and most successful shows of its kind.

Pop-up ice rink

Also celebrating its 10th birthday in 2024 is Ballarat’s pop-up ice skating rink.

Get your skates on from 29 June until 21 July in Armstrong St Sth (between the Town Hall and Myer).

And don’t miss the special child-friendly, sensory and disco skating sessions.

For 15% off your tickets, simply spend $25 or more at any Ballarat hospitality or tourism business and collect a special discount code. Don’t forget to keep your receipt to show your proof of purchase. Visit for more details.

Image: David Caird

Kryal Castle’s Frozen Kingdom

Can Kryal Castle‘s heroic knights banish evil snow Queen Neva and restore the kingdom to its former glory?

Find out by visiting the attraction’s Frozen Kingdom from 22 June until 21 July.

Don’t miss seeing the brave knights battle with fiery swords, the incredible fire-breathing dragons plus the Long Lost Princess show.

Obsidian Beer Festival

A new Ballarat festival will celebrate the rich world of dark beers this winter.

The Obsidian Dark Beer Festival will showcase 14 independent Victorian breweries along with a selection of 28 unique dark beers.

It will be held on Saturday 29 June at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, with a day session from 11am-3pm plus an evening session from 4pm-8pm.

The Design Exchange

Celebrate independent designers, artists and creators at The Design Exchange.

The two-day market will take over the Ballarat Mining Exchange on Saturday 6 July from 3pm-9pm and Sunday 7 July from 10am-3pm.

Across Victoria’s Midwest, we acknowledge that we travel across the ancient landscapes of many First Peoples communities.

These lands have been nurtured and cared for over tens of thousands of years and we respect the work of Traditional Custodians for their ongoing care and protection.

We recognise the past injustices against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country. As our knowledge grows, we hope that we can learn from their resilience and creativity that has guided them for over 60,000 years.

As we invite people to visit and explore Victoria’s Midwest, we ask that alongside us, you also grow to respect the stories, living culture and connection to Country of the Ancestors and Elders of our First Peoples.