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Ballarat Winter Festival


Ballarat transforms into a winter wonderland every July, with a myriad of experiences to warm your heart, soul and belly as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival!

Visit Sovereign Hill and experience the magical Winter Wonderlights: Christmas in July display; lace up your skates and take to ice at the pop-up ice-skating rink; or admire the fiery jousting clash at Kryal Castle.

Wander through the Art Gallery of Ballarat and marvel at the colonial gilt-framed artworks, indulge in the goodness of locally-grown fare at our leading cafes and eateries, or settle in for a warming night-in with a cup of mulled wine in-hand.

Whether it’s school holiday fun, a cultural getaway, or a romantic rendezvous that you seek, there’s a day out to enthral everyone as you explore all of Ballarat’s glistening winter offerings!

Stay tuned for updates about Ballarat Winter Festival 2019!


Here's what winter looked like last year...

Winter Wonderlights

Christmas in July : Winter Wonderlights at Soverign Hill

Pop-up Ice-skating rink

Ballarat Winter Festival Pop-up ice-skating rink

Into Light

Into Light : 19th and 20th Century Paintings from The Musee de la Chartreuse, Douai

Potato Festival

Ballarat Potato Festival

Salumi Festival

Salumi & Charcuterie Festival

Ballarat Boutique

Ballarat Boutique at the Ballarat

Plate Up Pies

Plate Up Ballarat - The Pie Competition

Meet the Meerkats

The Meerkats of Ballarat at Ballarat Wildlife Park

The Red Series

The Red Series

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