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The Ballarat Winter Festival Is Almost Here!

16 June 2017, Posted by Tony Sheer

It’s almost that time of year again, folks – the annual Ballarat Winter Festival kicks off on July 1 and will run all the way through to July 30. Whether you’re looking for something to keep the kids amused over the school holidays or a destination for a romantic weekend getaway, there is no better place than Ballarat this July. The program is filled with things to see and do!

Some of this year’s highlights include:

  • Christmas in July: Winter Wonderlights (1 – 30 July)

By day, Sovereign Hill will be filled with traditional carols, Christmas trees and colourful decorations. By night, Main Street will be transformed by the bright Winter Wonderlights exhibition.

  • Giant Slide + Snow Globe + Frozen Forest (1 – 30 July)

Snuggle up in your winter woollies and take a wander through the mythical forest, take a peek into the igloo haven and explore the other Antarctic wonders on offer in the CBD.

  • Ice Skating (1 – 16 July)

In the heart of the CBD, you’ll find a pop up ice skating rink that is guaranteed fun for the whole family. Sessions run for one hour and skaters should arrive 30 minutes prior to their start time.

  • Penguins at the Ballarat Wildlife Park (1-16 July)

The new permanent penguin exhibit is arriving just in time for the festival! Whilst you’re here, drop into our Bushman’s Hut to roast some marshmallows in one of the fire pits. Normal entry fees apply.

  • Knights of Fire (1 – 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30 July)

Head on over to Kryal Castle to watch Sir Hector meet the Black Knight in a flaming joust battle to cure the icy heart of the Snow Queen. Held in the Main Arena; normal entry fees apply.

  • Ballarat Potato Festival (1 July)

See this versatile root vegetable in all its versatile glory! Visitors are invited to try the humble spud in a variety of dishes and forms. Located at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, gold coin entry.

  • Ballarat Brew Festival (22 July)

The region is known for some delicious beers, and this festival gives you the chance to try them all in the one place! Located at the Ballarat Mining Exchange, tickets are $25 for adults 18+ and come with a tasting glass.

  • Alpine Winter Dinner (29 July)

The popular laneway will be styled like a snow lodge with a snow machine and fire pit! Visitors will be able to sample delicious wintry dishes (think slow cooked, truffles and roasting chestnuts).

  • The Red Series (29 July)

Let’s face it – the Ballarat region is home to some amazing wineries. Why not sample a few reds for yourself and meet the award-winning winemakers? Located at the Ballarat Mining Exchange.

And there are plenty more events and activities to enjoy – to view the program in its entirety or to purchase tickets, check out the festival website ( At only an hour and 15 minutes from Melbourne, Ballarat is the perfect destination for getaways of all lengths. If you choose to stay, get in touch with us at the Ballarat Budget Motel!

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