Tuesday 18th February 2020,

Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July

Christmas in July

Visit the Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event at Sovereign Hill, Saturday 1st July – Sunday 30th.

Sovereign Hill, 90 mins from Melbourne, is one of Australia’s most iconic tourist attractions, recreating an 1850s gold mining town. It’s like stepping back in time, from the hustle and bustle of Main Street where costumed ladies and gents parade their new-found wealth, to the excitement of the Red Hill Gully Diggings where visitors can pan for real gold, venture underground on a fully-guided gold mine tour, catch a horse-drawn coach and tour the town, visit the 1850s style shops, and watch the wheelwrights, candlemakers and confectioners ply their trades.

During July, visitors can enjoy a full day of Christmas excitement with activities for all ages, and as the sun goes down, Sovereign Hill will light up spectacularly each evening after 5.45pm.

Winter Wonderlights

During the day, the entire Sovereign Hill township will evoke a sense of old-world wonder. Visitors can stroll down Main Street as snow-flakes fall at regular intervals over the Victorian-style buildings, decorations fill the window displays, the smell of Christmas treats and spices fill the air, and traditional Christmas-themed pantomimes are performed.

Winter Wonderlights

At night, Main Street will sparkle with an amazing light projection show with over 20 of Sovereign Hill’s buildings lit up with large-scale image projections and Christmas animations. Children can also catch the Gingerbread Man as he dashes from building to building, peeking out from the Christmas themed lights and animations!

The cottages and gardens overlooking Main Street will also be filled with fairy lights, and candles will dance in shop windows, so no matter where you look, the old-world charm of the 1850s will bask Sovereign Hill in a golden, yuletide glow. Entertainers, including illusionists and acrobats, will also perform, delighting visitors with their magical skills.

Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July

Saturday 1st July – Sunday 30th July, 2017. Open daily from 10am. The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show will start each evening after 5.45pm.

Where:     Sovereign Hill, 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, 3350

Cost:       General admission:
Adults $59.50,
Children (5-15) $27.00. Concession ($47.60), Family ($150.00) and Single Family ($107.00) passes available

For more info visit: www.sovereignhill.com.au

win Competition now closed.

Win a family pass to the Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights!

The Family Pass is valued at $150.00, and valid for 2 adults and up to 4 children.

To enter: Tell me in 25 words or less why you would love to visit the Sovereign Hill Winter Wonderlights these school holidays?

Competition closes 25 June 2017. Full T&C’s can be found here.

Christmas in July

Love Mummahh


  1. Kate Kawecki June 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Our children loved Sovereign Hill and taking our grandchildren to ‘Winter Wonderlights’ would make special everlasting memories for them from this magical place.

  2. Djurida Widjaja June 25, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    My twins dream of becoming filmmakers one day. Underneath those beautiful bright lights lies Ballarat’s richest history and golden tradition that would INSPIRE their way!

  3. Ebony Beaton June 25, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    My partners and my last trip here was back in school. My birthday is in July and this would bring back wonderful memories for us.

  4. Stevee-Lee Anderson June 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Having never seen snow or been to Sovereign Hill myself I’d love to give my nieces the experience. They’ll be too cool for me soon!!!

  5. Patricia Harkin June 25, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Such a wonderful, colour-filled way to warm up winter and the inner spirits of my young ones and those of us young at heart.

  6. Barbara Fehmel June 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Twin Great Granddaughters would go crazy or [crazier] if I won this prize for them, they love seeing building lit up.

  7. Jhai Bowen-Duarte June 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I want to take my 2 cousins aged 2 and 3 to experience the time before technology was introduced, and show them the wonderful place!

  8. Rob M June 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    A Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July would put the biggest smiles on my kids faces, we’ve never experienced anything like it.

  9. Lizzie Mc June 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Our GPS is already programmed for Ballarat these holidays – imagine the surprise and joy on faces if we ventured into this Winter Wonderland! Gold!

  10. Annie Graham June 25, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Visiting from Sunny Queensland, rugged up in chilly Victoria on “grandparent patrol ‘ for the school holidays. What better place than at Sovereign Hill to see snow while bonding with the grandchildren. Such an educational, frolicking fun experience for all.

  11. Lyndall Crisp June 25, 2017 at 6:10 am

    There needs to be a positive to our negative cold winter, taking a trip to Sovereign Hill would certainly be a positive for me!

  12. Belinda B June 24, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    School holidays are looming and the the wails of ‘I’m bored” are guaranteed (despite having the internet, video games, the movies, indoor play centres etc) I’d love for my kids to see how life was lived in the gold rush days, the harsh reality of doing it tough! Sovereign Hill is not only a fun place but it’s eye opening and though provoking and my kids need that! Lessons and education aside, The Winter wonderland experience sounds like pure family fun, a unique experience that we would love to be part of.

  13. Ebony Zuidland June 24, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Our 5 year old loves Sovereign Hill. We’d love to see it at night

  14. Becky Downey June 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Love to donate to my cousin & her 4 kiddies (who are as good as gold) & even better as our grandparents came from there, so nostalgia!

  15. Joanne June 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    We love looking at Christmas lights on streets far and near,
    This would give us a chance to see them on the streets of yesteryear.

  16. Rowena McCarthy June 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    What a treat it would be to take my family to Christmas in July at the beautiful Sovereign Hill!!

  17. cheryl ellis June 24, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Would love to be able to take the grandchildren to this winter spectacular and it has been a long time since I visited so I would love it too

  18. Darren Cini June 24, 2017 at 11:11 am

    My Children love anything to do with Christmas,Bright Lights and excitement,plus they`ve never been to Sovereign Hill.

  19. Darren Cini June 24, 2017 at 11:09 am

    My children love anything to do with Christmas.bright Lights and have never been to Sovereign Hill.

  20. Kylie B June 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

    I’d love to relive the wonders of Sovereign Hill with my five children. I have so many happy memories of visiting as a child.

  21. Mell Krienke June 23, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    As Melbourne temperatures decline
    I yearn for Sovereign Hill, where happiness shines Winter Wonderlights Christmas July
    I know my kids will hate to say bye

  22. izabella di tomasso June 23, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    For the sheer exhilaration of it…the infinite delight and exultation experienced within my family. Now that’s something to behold!!

  23. Melissa Edwards June 23, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Sovereign Hill’s a beautiful place
    The wonderlights would put a smile on my son’s face
    Stepping back in time, sublime!
    And snow?
    Let’s go!

  24. nicole larsen June 23, 2017 at 9:37 am

    What an amazing getaway our family could have with lots of fun an adventure

  25. Robyn Tilley June 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Sovereign Hill, Winter Wonderlights and the expressions on 3 very special little people’s faces as snow touches their faces is an experience money could never buy, but to be treasured forever.

  26. Suzanne C June 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The joy of being rugged up with the ice sculpting , snow machine, and the lighting would be magical and we would love to experience this prize!

  27. teresa nauer June 22, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    it will be an unforgettable experience for my whole family to see giving them knowledge and memories to last a lifetime

  28. Mary Iliadis June 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    What a spectacular to take the kids to see these school holidays. My kids have always wanted to visit Sovereign Hill and what better way to do it.

  29. nicole larsen June 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What an amazing getaway our family could have with lots of laughs and fun

  30. nicole larsen June 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What an amazing getaway our family could have

  31. nicole morris June 21, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    ive never been before and i believe its something that shouldn’t be missed and everyone needs to experience

  32. melanie mairs June 21, 2017 at 11:13 am

    We would love to see this spectacular show, the kids playing in the white fluffy snow, With all.the beautiful lights, It would be a tremendous delight!

  33. cheryl l June 21, 2017 at 11:06 am

    The chill is in the air, but we don’t care, we are surrounded by dazzling lights, wonderful displays, Sovereign Hill lovely always

  34. rebecca knott June 21, 2017 at 10:18 am

    because we have GOLD FEVER! and my kids have never seen snow (real or not) plus we don’t have anything like this in Adelaide – road trip? 🙂

  35. Lisa Thomson June 20, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Bucket list x 4 ticks
    Sovereign Hill, Christmas in July, snow, a light show
    Catching a gingerbread man we’ll add that one too.

  36. adam June 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    been planning a trip to sovereign hill for a while, this is another great attraction the area has that we would love to experience.

  37. sam June 19, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Yes please this would be a great getaway to keep the family happy in the holidays

  38. Angie Ramsden June 19, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    I’ve just recently had a child and my neice and nephew love Sovereign Hill and would absolutely love to go with my family as they don’t get out of the house a lot but would love to see some snow and pretty lights!

  39. Joey B June 19, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Discovering Winter Wonderlights,
    under Ballarat’s darkened skies.
    Family memories captured forever,
    experiencing the magic together!
    Old-world charm historical weekend,
    hope it’s us…you send!

  40. Anita Butterworth June 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I’d love to treat my boys to this mystical winter wonderland – and of course have a crack at striking it rich at Sovereign Hill!

  41. Olivia June 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    We would love to see the charm of the olden days and Australian history mixed with the magic of the amazing entertainment and beautiful lights.

  42. Jessica Ashbrooke June 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Oh this would be the magic my family has been wanting for ages this would be beautiful to see

  43. nicole larsen June 19, 2017 at 6:37 am

    Yes please this would be a great getaway to keep the family happy in the holidays

  44. Ermelinda Porter June 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I’m an Australian immigrant who’s never been to Sovereign Hill. The Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event would be a delightful treat for my family 🙂

  45. DIANA June 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Eldest is learning about the Gold rush at school, so will be win win & fun fun on a multitude of levels . Love Sovereign Hill!!!!!

  46. Ern June 18, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    The only way to make Sovereign Hill even better, is by incorporating the magical whimsy of Christmas.

  47. Melissa Dillon June 18, 2017 at 10:05 am

    My grandkids will flutter with excitement if I take them to Winter Wonderlights because they are like moths to a flame when they see bright coloured lights.

  48. Celeste Kenna June 18, 2017 at 9:44 am

    My husband used to work at a diamond mine so naturally my 3 boys are fascinated with mining. They would absolutely love this experience

  49. Celeste Kenna June 18, 2017 at 9:42 am

    My husband used to work at a diamond mine so naturally my 3 little boys are fascinated with mining. They would absolutely this experience

  50. lyn nottage June 18, 2017 at 6:38 am

    What an amazing way to bring Australian history to life for my granddaughters.

  51. Elisabeth Martins June 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    The kids would love to see this,
    I was always fascinated by this place when I went when I was fairly young,
    so I know they would love it too.

  52. Renata Marchionna June 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I want grab the kids and head to the Ballarat this July as Sovereign Hill explodes in a whirl of bright lights, snowflakes, carols and a most amazing look back to life in the 1850s Goldrush Era, Christmas style!

  53. TANYA CLARKE June 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Christmas, by far our favourite time of year, only at Sovereign Hill, there’s a combination of SNOW, lights and yesteryear, now that’s something to cheer!

  54. Bec Hope June 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    My son is obsessed with mining for gold after minecraft & my daughter loves anything bright and pretty! This would keep them both very happy! 🙂