A decade of dazzling light delight

June 16, 2024 BY

Winter magic: This year marks 10 years of Sovereign Hill's Winter Wonderlights. Photos: SUPPLIED

It is one of Australia’s pioneering sound and light shows which transforms the outdoor museum into a canvas for magical projections.

The first event was held in 2014 and since then, more than 770,000 people have seen over 400 hours of delightful light displays.

Since 2014, more than 770,000 people have attended the event.


Last year, Winter Wonderlights contributed an estimated $25 million to the Ballarat economy and 90,000 visitors went through the door.

Sovereign Hill CEO Sara Quon said it is exciting to celebrate the iconic event, which is one of the most successful of its kind in regional Victoria.

“For a decade Winter Wonderlights has delighted families with a spectacular transformation of Sovereign Hill’s streets and settings into a kaleidoscope of colour and incredible sights,” she said.

“As one of Victoria’s most popular tourist destinations, we love offering visitors another way to experience our iconic site, which connects the past to today and into the future.”

Projections, fairy lights, fires and food are set for this year’s event.


This year, the display will begin on Friday 28 June and run until Sunday 21 July with projections, fires, food, drinks, hands-on activities, live music and interactive theatre shows part of the program.

Winter Wonderlights 2024 will feature faux snow, 20 kilometres of fairy lights, brass bands playing carols and a visit from Saint Nicholas.

A two-course Christmas dinner will also be on offer in the Charlie Napier Hotel.

To view the full program and book tickets, visit the Sovereign Hill website.