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Visitors Guide to Winter Wonderlights

Post date: July 4th, 2021

There is so much to explore during Winter Wonderlights so our Sovereign Hill team has pulled together a few favourite evening highlights not to miss during your wintry Ballarat adventure.

Main Street during Winter Wonderlights

Watch us *really* shine
The reason why most people visit at this time of the year! Head to our Main Street and see our buildings come alive under a kaleidoscope of colour and music. Be sure to catch some faux snow and check out our brass band performing your favourite Christmas tunes.

Where: Main Street
Time: Around 5.45pm (or as soon as it gets dark)
Cost: Included in your ticket

Wonderlights retail store

Indulge in retail therapy
Get your Christmas shopping sorted early at our winter street market. Stock up on Christmas decorations and your favourite Sovereign Hill sweets. While you’re here, treat yourself to some yuletide snacks and a warm beverage (Hot Raspberry Chocolate, anyone?). Don’t miss the glow stick fairy floss (the kids will love them!).

Where: Outside Brightview Gardens (map no 19)
Time: 12pm-2pm | 4pm-7pm
Cost: Included in your ticket (separate cost on sale of goods)

Fairy Lights during Winter Wonderlights

Follow the fairy lights
With over 18 kilometres of fairy lights weave your way around Sovereign Hill taking in scenic views along the way. Start from the top end of Main Street and meander through our picturesque Speedwell Street and Brightview Gardens. Finish with a stroll around the lake through stunning light tunnels.

Where: Everywhere!
Time: 5pm-7pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

Wonderlights Dinner

Experience a Christmas dinner… in July
A Christmas feast in the middle on winter? You read that right! Inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, we’ve created a two-course dinner to warm the soul and nourish the belly. Reserve your spot when booking your Winter Wonderlights tickets online.

Where: New York Bakery (map no 20)
Time: 5pm and 6.45pm
Cost: $49 Adult | $20 child (up to 12 years old)

The Diggings during Winter Wonderlights

Explore our diggings after dark
By day, our diggings are bustling with gold-seekers panning in the creeks. Come night-time, it’s a whole new experience. Grab some food at the German market and warm yourself around the fire as our soundscape transports you back to a typical night on the diggings, complete with sing-a-longs, police raids and evening sounds.

St Nick is nearby too, happily awaiting your visit and photo requests

Where: The Diggings (map no 8)
Time: 4pm-7pm
Cost: Included in your ticket (separate cost for food and beverages)

Sovereign Hill Friends

Make new friends
So many interesting characters call our township home. Meet our troopers, hard-working miners, costumed ladies promenading the Main Street, the sly grog seller, town butcher, goldfields gents and everyone in between.

Where: Just look around, they’re everywhere!
Time: 10am-7pm
Cost: Included in your ticket

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