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Top five things to do at Winter Wonderlights

Visit Ballarat

18 Jun 2021

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By day Sovereign Hill delights, but when the sun goes down it really shines (literally!)

As soon as the sky is dark enough, the magical Winter Wonderlights begins. But there’s so much more to this illuminated oasis than first meets the eye.

Here’s our top five not-to-be-missed recommendations for this year’s Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill.

Catch faux snow in dazzling Main Street
It doesn’t matter how old you, there’s something magical about the feeling of snow falling overhead (even if it is faux).
So head into Main Street as Sovereign Hill turns into a snowy wonderland and snap a selfie against the colourful backdrop of projections.

Check out The Diggings after dark
You might not be able to see gold in the creek at this time, but The Diggings are far from quiet. Get yourself a cup of mulled wine, take a seat by the fire and take in the ambiance of evening life on the goldfields.
If you’re looking for St Nick, you’ll likely find him relaxing by the creek. So keep an eye out!

Wander through the fairylights
Yes, it’s as romantic as it sounds. The Sovereign Hill gardens have been illuminated by kilometres of fairylights, so mosey on down and find the perfect spot for a picture perfect moment.

Have some fun the Ye olde way
Test your skills using handcrafted bowling balls in one of the most popular games on the goldfields – nine-pin bowling, let the kids’ inner artist out during a candle dipping session, or cheer and laugh in the Victorian Theatre as you watch much-loved fairytale – Beauty and the Beast – come to life on stage.

Stock up on Raspberry Drops
Head on over to Brown’s Confectionery Factory to watch the confectioners make their famous Raspberry Drops from scratch. Don’t forget to buy a bag or two to take home while you’re there!
You’ll also find these and more being sold at the Winter Wonderlights Market.


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.