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Rug up and enjoy some winter fun
The fabulous Ballarat Winter Festival is on again, proving that just because it's cold outside, is no reason for the fun to stop. From Friday 29 June to Sunday 29 July 2018, Ballarat is once again transformed into a magical winter wonderland.

Events are held at a variety of places in and around Ballarat with something that is bound to appeal to everyone. Below are just some of the events being held. Check the website for full details of all that is on.

So grab your coats, gloves, scarves and beanies and join in the winter fun with family and friends.

1.Sovereign Hill
At Sovereign Hil, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas with their magical Winter Wonderlights. Running from 30 June to 22 July 2018 it promises to be a great day, and night out.



During the day, Christmas trees and colourful decorations will line the Main Street. As well as all the usual fun, there will be special activities for the kids, a full theatre program, delicious Christmas treats and rumour has it that snow and a certain man with a white beard and red outfit are expected.

At night, you'll be spellbound as Main Street is transformed into a sparkling Winter Wonderland with lights projected onto the façades of the buildings.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2018
Watch Main Street come to life


Click here for more details and check the website for ticket price details.

2. Pop Up Ice Skating Rink
Rug up and practice your twirls and triples right in the heart of Ballarat's CBD. Great fun for the whole family during the school holidays and if you're a beginner, don't worry penguin skate aids will be available.

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

Ballarat Winter Festival 2018
Get your skates on (Photo: Visit Victoria)


When: 9.00am to 8.30pm, 30 June to 15 July 2018
Where: Armstrong Street South, between Town Hall and Myer
Ticket prices include skate hire and are as follows:
Adult (15 and over) $15
Child (3-14) $8
Family $30 (two adults and two children)

Bookings are essential and can be made by clicking here.

3. Art Gallery of Ballarat
The ever popular Art Gallery has a large collection of old and new art, as well as the Into Light exhibition, featuring treasured 19th and 20th century Parisian works from the Musée de la Chartreuse in northern France.

Ticket prices for the Into Light exhibition are as follows and can be purchased online:
Adult $16
Concession $12
Full Time Student $10
Child (16 & under) FREE

Admission to the rest of the Art Gallery of Ballarat is free and includes the permanent collection and most other temporary exhibitions.

4. Food Glorious Food
Hands up who loves potatoes in all their delicious forms. If so, head over to the Ballarat Mining Exchange on 30 June 2018, where it's all about the humble spud. Forget counting carbs and enjoy locally-grown potatoes cooked to perfection at the Ballarat Potato Festival.

Ballarat Winter Festival 2018
Hot Potato, Hot Potato (Photo Visit Victoria)


If meat and beer is more your style, on the 21 July it's all about sausages, salami and craft beers at the Salumi and Charcuterie Festival

Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street North Ballarat
Entry: Gold coin entry. Food and Drinks purchased individually

5. Kryal Castle
Over the school holidays (30 June 30 to 15 July), watch the brave Knights of Fire as they battle it out with flaming swords, and compete in jousting competitions with lances of fire. Who will be the victor and receive a kiss from the Princess?

Ballarat Winter Festival 2018
Who will win the jousting?


All the usual fun and attractions will also be open along with plenty of hot food to enjoy and warm up with.

Where: Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek
Entry: Normal entry fees apply. Click here for bookings.

So why not make a winter weekend escape or stay for a week and enjoy all that Ballarat has to offer?

The historic city of Ballarat is approximately a 90-minute drive from Melbourne along the Western Highway. For more information on all the things to do in Ballarat, including accommodation options, visit the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre.
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Why? Winter Fun for the Whole Family
When: 29 June to 29 July 2018
Phone: 1800 446 633
Where: Various locations in and around Ballarat
Cost: Various prices, depending on activity
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