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Winter Wonderlights to shine again at Sovereign Hill

Visit Ballarat

04 May 2021

Filed underFamily Friendly

After a COVID-enforced hiatus, Ballarat’s popular Winter Wonderlights will return to Sovereign Hill this June and July.

From Friday 25 June until Sunday 18 July, Winter Wonderlights will delight the senses with a celebration of a traditional Victorian Christmas in July.

Throughout the day, visitors can wander the streets as ‘snow’ falls and enjoy pantomimes and theatre shows, Christmas-themed arts and crafts, the chance to share a photo with St Nick, and wonderful wintry treats like mulled wine and gingerbread.

As the sun goes down, ever-changing projections will bring Sovereign Hill’s streetscape to life as a spectacular light show illuminates the much-loved living museum.

Main Street will be illuminated with vibrant projections accompanied by a rousing musical score, telling a story of celebration and togetherness.

Visitors can top off the experience with the two-course Wonderlights Dinner – inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – at the New York Bakery.

Throughout Winter Wonderlights, Sovereign Hill will be open 10am to 7pm daily.

Tickets are adult $58, child $27.80 (ages 5-15 years), concession $46.50, family $146, and single adult family $99.

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“We’re absolutely thrilled to be in a position to offer one of Victoria’s most significant and iconic events and shine once more,” Sovereign Hill CEO Sara Quon said.

“Winter Wonderlights is an important economic event for our state. The launch of this major event is an incredibly significant moment for the regional tourism operators hit so hard by COVID.”


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.