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What’s on in Ballarat this Christmas

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30 Oct 2023

Filed underSee & Do

Ballarat is getting into the Christmas spirit with a festive line-up of food and drink, live music, markets, workshops, exhibitions and Insta-worthy moments.

Christmas high tea at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

Food & drink

The Boatshed Restaurant

Food & drink on Christmas Day

  • Three-course lunch at Craig’s Royal Hotel (12pm-3pm)
  • Buffet lunch at Mercure Ballarat Hotel (12pm-3pm)
  • Three-course lunch at The Bunch of Grapes Hotel
  • Three-course lunch at The Boatshed Restaurant ***Fully booked***
  • Lunch at The Blue Bell Hotel ***Fully booked***
  • Dinner at Hotel Canberra Ballarat ***Fully booked***
Christmas Art Trail

For the kids

Ballarat’s giant Christmas bauble

Insta-worthy moments

Christmas shopping night at Sovereign Hill

Markets & shopping nights

Christmas candles and cocktails with The Essential Candle Co at Aunty Jacks


Spilt Milk at Ballarat’s Victoria Park

Live music

A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland

Events & shows

Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond at the Art Gallery of Ballarat


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.