What's On?

Discover all there is to see and do in Ballarat during the festive season.

Ballarat's Christmas events and festivals are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Featuring shopping nights and jazz conventions, markets and carols, there's a festive event to please all ages!
  • Santa Breakfast - Saturday, November 24 at 9.30am and 10.30am. Santa arrives at 11.00am
  • Photos with Santa - Saturday, November 24 through to Christmas Eve
  • Play N Stay (kids play space with qualified staff) - Monday, December 17 to Saturday, December 22
  • Christmas Craft and Games - Every Tuesday in December

WHERE: Norman Street & Gillies Street, Wendouree VIC 3355
HOW: stockland.com.au/wendouree



Sweet Fern celebrates the new set of Aesop Christmas gifts with beautiful food, champagne and delights!

WHEN: Thursday, November 29 from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Sweet Fern Fragrance Boutique, 114 Armstrong St S, Ballarat Central
HOW: sweetfern.com.au



Bring your family and friends to Sovereign Hill’s annual Christmas Shopping
Night. Enjoy the festivities, browse for special gifts, meet Saint Nicholas and more!

WHEN: November 30 from 6pm to 8.30pm. Free entry.
WHERE: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Golden Point
HOW: sovereignhill.com.au



Take the hassle out of Christmas and indulge in an impressive Christmas buffet at The George Hotel with all the flavours of the Christmas season.

WHEN: Tuesday, December 25 from 12pm to 3pm
WHERE: The George Hotel Lounge, 27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
HOW: georgehotelballarat.com.au. Bookings are essential.

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Bridge Mall Farmers Market (first Saturday of the month)/Ballarat Farmers Market (second Saturday of the month)/Creswick Market (third Saturday of the month)/Talbot Farmers Market (third Sunday of the month)/Brown Hill Farmers Market (fourth Saturday of the month)/Avoca Riverside Market (fourth Sunday of the month)

WHEN: Throughout December.
WHERE: Ballarat and surrounding villages
HOW: visitballarat.com.au/events/markets 

Please note: Some markets may not run during the Christmas period. Make sure to check prior to your visit.



OZACT presents MUCH ADO Shakespeare’s  ‘battle between the sexes’, loaded with comic incident; bumbling security guards, squabbling brothers, and mismatched lovers. The play is full of suspense, high drama and delightful comedy, brought to life, with powerful acting and exquisite costumes.
Bring along a cushion, and someone you love, or a whole group of people you love and become enthralled in one of Shakespeare's most celebrated plays, and enjoy the exceptional magic of Shakespeare in the great outdoors.

WHENWednesday 26 December 2018 6:30 PM and Thursday 27 December 2018 6:30 PM
WHEREKirks Reservoir Park, 255 Daylesford Rd, Gong Gong, VIC 3352
HOW: https://www.ozact.com/events/much-ado/  

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Get ready to enjoy Ballarat’s best night out with big laughs, great acts you know and love, tasty food and good times galore.

WHEN: Friday, December 7 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm.
WHERE: The George Hotel Lounge, 27 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
HOW: ballaratcat.com.au 

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Free entertainment and family fun including face painting, music and more!

WHEN: Saturday, December 15 from 11am to 3pm.
WHERE: Central Square Shopping Centre, 18 Armstrong Street Sth, Ballarat


Exhibition showcasing the works of Federation University’s 1980s visual arts alumni.

WHEN: December 15, 2018 to February 2, 2019
WHERE: Post Office Gallery, corner Sturt Street and Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
HOW: federation.edu.au/pogallery 



The Old Married Couple presents a Very Vaudeville Xmas Variety show. The vintage-styled novelty duo will fill your stocking with cheer as they share a night of distinctive 20s inspired Dixieland toots and hoots with some extra special Christmas treats thrown in.

WHEN: Saturday, December 15 at 8pm
WHERE: The Cabaret Club, 4/9367 Western Highway, Warrenheip
HOW: thecabaretclub.com.au/a-very-vaudeville-xmas

Please note: This show is not suitable for children.

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Free community event featuring the story of Christmas celebrated in a joyous and uplifting musical program

WHEN: Sunday, December 16 from 6.30pm. Food and drink vans trading from 5pm.
WHERE: Mars Stadium.
HOW: facebook.com/BallaratCarols 

Please note: The venue has requested that no glass items be permitted on the ground. Bags will be checked upon entry to the stadium. In the event of bad weather, the event will be cancelled.



Robin Hood to visit Kryal Castle during the summer school holidays

WHEN: December 21 to January 29
WHERE: Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Road, Warrenheip
HOW: kryalcastle.com.au

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Things are heating up at Sovereign Hill this January as the law-makers struggle to maintain order.

WHEN: December 22 to January 28
WHERE: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Golden Point
HOW: sovereignhill.com.au 

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AURA is Sovereign Hill’s new sound-and-light show, telling the story of gold throughout the ages; from its original formation, to the enduring allure of gold today. Audiences will be instantly transported into an immersive multi-sensory experience as they are guided through pastoral settlements to the rich cultural tapestry of life on the goldfields.

WHEN: From December 26
WHERE: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Golden Point
HOW: sovereignhill.com.au 

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Ballarat will come alive with the sounds and colours of jazz between Christmas and New Year, when more than 1,000 musicians and delegates attend the 72nd Annual Jazz Convention.

WHEN: December 27 to 31
WHERE: Various venues
HOW: 2018jazzconvention.org.au 



Watch the best Aussie riders battle it out for the ultimate glory of the green and gold jersey.

WHEN: January 4 to 8, 2019
WHERE: Ballarat CBD and Buninyong


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