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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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