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Baby it's cold outside
Ballarat looks like the place to be this July as it celebrates the inaugural Ballarat Winter Festival.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017


Whether it's school holiday family fun, fabulous food or a romantic rendezvous that you're after, there is something on for everyone.

The following is just a summary of a few of the wonderful winter activities and things to do that will be happening from 1 July to 31 July. For the full programme, click here.

During the day, Sovereign Hill will celebrate Christmas in July with traditional carols, Christmas trees and colourful decorations lining Main Street. Plenty of activities for the kids, theatre shows and you may even be lucky enough to see some snow fall.

At night, Main Street will be transformed by a dazzling display of images as Winter Wonderlights sparkle along the façades.

When: 1 - 30 July. Open from 10am
Where: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat VIC
Entry: Visit the website for full price list and click here to book.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Sovereign Hill's Main Street lights up


Rug up and visit the Pop Up Ice Skating Rink in the heart of Ballarat's CBD. Hosted by the City of Ballarat, it's guaranteed to be great winter fun for the whole family during the school holidays. There will be penguin skate aids available for beginners and those feeling a bit wobbly on their skates.

Session times are one hour and you are advised to arrive 20 minutes prior to your skating time.

When: 9.30am to 8.30pm, 1 to 16 July 2017
Where: Armstrong Street South, between Town Hall and Myer
Entry: Adult $11, Child $5.50, Family $22 (two adults and two children)
Bookings are essential and can be made by clicking here.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Get your skates on


If you want to see real penguins, you'll love watching the cute little penguins of Ballarat gracefully swim through a glass underwater viewing window at Ballarat Wildlife Park. After your dose of cuteness, warm yourself by the fire in the parks Bushman's Hut and roast some marshmallows in the fire pits.

When: Marshmallows -1-16 July Penguins - Permanent
Where: Ballarat Wildlife Park 250 Fussell Street Ballarat East
Entry: Normal entry applies. Click here for bookings.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Visit the cute little penguins


Visit the noble Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva at Kryal Castle and witness the Flaming Joust on the Main Arena. Who will you cheer for - will it be Sir Hector or the Black Knight and will the victor win the icy heart of the Snow Queen?

When: 1-16, 22-23, 29-30 July
Where: Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek
Entry: Normal entry fees apply. Click here for bookings.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Who will win the jousting?


The Ballarat Municipal Observatory will bring you starry, starry nights as the sky in winter puts on its own stunning show. Pull on your warmest winter woollies and look up to the night skies.

When: 1 July – 31 July - Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Where: Ballarat Municipal Observatory, 439 Cobden St, Mount Pleasant
Visit the website for opening times ticket prices.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Twinkle, Twinkle little star


For foodies, there are also heaps of tasty treats waiting to tempt you. Who doesn't love the humble spud? The Ballarat Potato Festival showcases just how versatile the spud is and you'll be able to taste much more than French fries and potato salad. Not the place to give up carbs.

When: Saturday 1 July, 3-8pm
Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street North Ballarat
Entry: Gold coin entry. Pay at the door

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Hot Potato, Hot Potato


Join Mitchell Harris for wintery dishes at the Alpine Winter Dinner. Think slow cooked, truffles, local produce, wines, roasting chestnuts and bombe Alaska for dessert. To set the winter scene, there will even be a snow machine and the place will be styled as a snow lodge.

When: Saturday 29 July 2017
Where: 38 Doveton Street North Ballarat
Entry: Tickets on sale soon

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Fabulous food


To wash down all the food offerings and to keep you warm, there will be something for beer lovers, wine connoisseurs and hot chocolate aficionados.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
Red Wine or.......

Ballarat Winter Festival 2017
.....Hot Chocolate. Something to keep you warm this winter


Art, music and culture lovers haven't been forgotten either with plenty on at various venues all around Ballarat throughout the month of July.

Stay for the weekend, stay for a week. The Visit Ballarat website has plenty of information including accommodation options.
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Why? Winter Wonderland Fun
When: The month of July 2017
Phone: Visit the webiste for different venue contact details
Where: Ballarat and surrounds
Cost: Varied check the website and individual events
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