Ballarat Winter Festival: A seasonal spectacular

June 20, 2024 BY

The ice rink at Armstrong and Sturt streets is back.

THE popular Ballarat Winter Festival is set to return for another exciting three-week season – Saturday 29 June to Sunday 21 July – offering a delightful array of winter-themed activities and entertainment around Ballarat.

Ballarat Winter Festival is a beloved annual event that celebrates the magic of winter.

From the heart-warming and captivating light displays of Winter Wonderlights to the thrills of the Frozen Kingdom, the festival offers a diverse range of experiences that capture the essence of the season, making it a must-visit destination for families, tourists and winter enthusiasts.

The diverse program is set to enchant people of all ages and also includes an ice-skating rink, immersive theatrical experiences, a showcase of local designers and artists, and a new dark beer festival to toast to the spirit of winter.


  • Ballarat Ice Skating Rink

Brace yourself for a magical experience at the always popular Ballarat Winter Festival ice rink, located in the heart of the city next to the Town Hall. The rink will offer child-friendly, sensory and disco skating sessions, providing fun for the whole family.

    • When: 29 June – 21 July
    • Times: Sunday – Thursday 9:00am to 8:30pm; Friday and Saturday 9:00am to 10:00pm
    • Where: Ballarat CBD (next to the Ballarat Town Hall)
    • Tickets: $9-$18 | Book at ballaratwinterfestival.com.au


  • Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

Prepare to be dazzled and mesmerised as Winter Wonderlights celebrates 10 years. Featuring a spectacular blend of sound, lights and wintry delights, this immersive experience includes a shimmering light show; a full theatre program; delectable treats; falling snow; hands-on kids’ activities; and much more, delivering a unique Christmas in July experience unlike anywhere else.

    • When: 28 June – 21 July
    • Time: 10:00am to 7:00pm
    • Where: Sovereign Hill – Bradshaw Street, Golden Point (Ballarat)
    • Tickets: $36-$68 | Book at winterwonderlights.com.au
The Winter Wonderlights event at Sovereign Hill is in its 10th year.
  • Frozen Kingdom at Kryal Castle

Embark on an enchanting journey into the heart of the Frozen Kingdom at Kryal Castle where guests will become part of an immersive story, set in a world of magic and mystery. Participants will aid Princess Neva in her quest to reunite with her companions and choose the champion who will vanquish the darkness.

    • When: 29 June – 14 July
    • Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
    • Where: Kryal Castle – 121 Forbes Road, Leigh Creek (Ballarat)
    • Tickets: $26.50 – $39.50 | Book at kryalcastle.com.au


  • Obsidian Dark Beer Festival

Raise a glass at the inaugural Obsidian Dark Beer Festival, featuring a rich assortment of stout, porter and dark ale selections from local and regional breweries, accompanied by live music and comforting food. Taste more than 28 darks beers from 14 independent breweries including Aunty Jacks, Cubby Haus, Red Duck, Holgate, Shedshaker and Bells Beach.


    • When: 29 June
    • Times: Two sessions; 11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm
    • Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange – 16 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central
    • Tickets: $72 – $85


  • The Design Exchange

Discover the talents of Ballarat’s independent designers, artists, and creators at the Design Exchange, a showcase event celebrating artistry and craftsmanship.

    • When: 6-7 July
    • Times: Saturday 3:00pm to 9:00pm; Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm
    • Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange – 16 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central
    • Tickets: $5 per person with kids under 13 free


  • Candlelight Concerts

Candlelight Concerts will bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Ballarat. Audiences will be enchanted by performances of Best of Hans Zimmer and Tribute to Queen in an intimate candlelit setting.

    • When: 13 July
    • Times: 6:00pm – ‘Best of Hans Zimmer and more’; 8:00pm – ‘Tribute to Queen’
    • Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange – 16 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat Central
    • Tickets: $26 – $66

      Best of Hans Zimmer and Tribute to Queen performances are part of the latest local Candlelight concert series.

Visit ballaratwinterfestival.com.au.