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Your guide to the winter school holidays in Ballarat

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15 Jun 2021

Filed underFamily Friendly

Baby, it might be cold outside but that just adds to the magic and charm of winter in Ballarat.

So embrace the chill and make Ballarat your destination of choice this winter school holidays (Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July).

Ballarat Winter Festival Ice Rink

Ballarat Winter Festival

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill
When: Friday 25 June – Sunday 18 July
Where: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
Details: 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. Click here for more information

Ballarat Winter Festival Ice Rink
When: Saturday 26 June – Sunday 18 July
Where: Armstrong Street South, Ballarat (between the Town Hall and Myer)
Details: Experience the thrill of gliding across the ice to great tunes and disco lights in an all-weather marquee. Child-friendly, sensory and disco sessions available. Click here for more information.

Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva at Kryal Castle
When: Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July, plus Saturday 17 July – Sunday 18 July
Where: 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek
Details: Watch the spectacular ‘fire’ joust, be dazzled by flaming swords and fiery tricks in a festival of flames, and be enchanted by Snow Queen Neva. Click here for more information

The Art of Storytelling at the Eureka Centre
When: Saturday 26 June – Sunday 11 July
Where: 102 Stawell Street South, Eureka
Details: A series of school holiday activities which explore the art of storytelling through song and music. Click here for more information

Ballarat Wildlife Park


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Art Gallery of Ballarat

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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.