Sovereign Hill gearing up for record breaking event

Winter Wonderlights

Sovereign Hill gearing up for record breaking event

Sovereign Hill gearing up for record breaking event

Snow (of the faux variety), sensational wintery lights and a suave little gingerbread man are set to return to Sovereign Hill for the multi-award winning Christmas in July Winter Wonderlights from Saturday 30 June – Sunday 22 July 2018.

More than 100,000 visitors enjoyed the event in 2017, and with large crowds expected again this year, Wonderlight-goers are encouraged to pre-book online at to avoid missing out on their chance to rug up and take in the spectacle.

Sovereign Hill will shine brighter with an expanded footprint and more light projections than ever before, bring the total to 25 dazzling buildings. As the sound of a brass band echoes throughout the township, and anticipation of snowfall fills the air, visitors will be swept up in the excitement of a special European-style Christmas.

Featuring two additional building facades lit up with festive yuletide animations, and over 15km of fairy lights throughout Sovereign Hill’s garden, the entire township will come alive in what is the largest light projection spectacle ever staged in one site anywhere in Australia.

Winter Wonderlights at A Glance

  • Sovereign Hill’s Christmas in July Winter Wonderlights will run from Saturday 30 June – Sunday 22 July 2018
  • The Winter Wonderlights show will commence each evening from 5:45PM
  • More than 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the event
  • Visitors are encouraged to pre-book online at to avoid disappointment
  • 25 buildings will come alive with spectacular, large-scale light projections
  • More than 15kms of fairy lights will add a magical touch to Sovereign Hill’s gardens

During the day, Sovereign Hill will evoke a sense of old-world wonder. Visitors can take a stroll down Main Street as faux 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. Visitors will also delight in the European Christmas market where they can purchase enchanting decorations, or try some traditional treats including a steaming cup of mulled wine, or Sovereign Hill’s famous toffee apples.

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.

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. Saint Nicholas will also put in an appearance each day, and visitors can also watch the ladies and gents parade up and down Main Street as they celebrate a Victorian-style Christmas.

Also, visit Sovereign Hill during Winter Wonderlights, and you could win an entire year of Family Fun, valued at $2000! The competition includes Family Passes to some of Victoria’s leading tourist attractions, including The Melbourne Zoo, the National Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks, Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade, Ballarat Wildlife Park, Eureka Tower, Kryal Castle, Healesville Sanctuary, Eureka Skydeck, Puffing Billy, and of course Sovereign Hill. To enter, simply visit Sovereign Hill during the spectacular Winter Wonderlights event, and find Sir Ginger with his hidden letters. At the event, collect a passport, find Sir Ginger and his letters that make up two code-words, and then enter at

When: Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July event

Saturday 30 June – Sunday 22 July 2018 from 10am daily. The ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show will start each evening after 5.45pm.

Where: Sovereign Hill, Bradshaw Street, Ballarat, 3350

Cost: General admission:
Adults $61.00,
Children (5-15) $27.60, Concession ($48.80), Family ($154.00) and Single Family ($110.00)

Source = Sovereign Hill
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