Sovereign Hill, which opened in 1970 is a not-for-profit community-based organisation controlled by a board, which is elected by members of the Sovereign Hill Museum's Association. The museum attracts in the vicinity of 450,000 visitors each year and is world-known, winning many major tourism awards. Half of its 25 hectares of land is comprised of the museum and its exhibits. The other half is used for the evening sound and light show – "Blood on the Southern Cross" and as paddocks for the working horses.
Approximately 350 people work at the museum, supported by over 250 volunteers who assist with the curatorial work and tour guiding. Employees dress in period costume showcasing the dress of the time.
Photo courtesy of Sovereign Hills Christmas Shopping, Facebook
The annual Sovereign Hill's Christmas Shopping Night is scheduled for Friday 30th November 2018 from 6.00 to 8.30pm. Entry is free. The main street of the museum is laden with market stalls and with al Sovereign Hill's traditional goodies, such as creamy fudge, jams, sauces, soaps, Turkish delight, creams and other locally made products. A Christmas Choir and costumed goldfields characters will liven up the night with cheer, while St Nicholas will be out and about looking for the children. The new adventure play space will also be open for the children.
The museum's fully licenced cafe will be open so you can purchase any hot or cold food, drinks and ice-creams. Along with the cafe, the Hotel Bar in Main Street will be open and Hope Bakers will be fully stocked with Christmas treats. For one night only, on the Christmas Shopping Night, you can purchase the museum's personally labelled 450g jars with the all-time favourite boiled lolly. The night's events are a great way to fill the Christmas stockings with gifts while enjoying a fun night out with the family.