Sovereign Hill in Australia offers a range of activities to experience this winter season


Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights event celebrates the cold season in festive styles. Visitors come from near and far, rugged up in beanies, scarves and mittens to enjoy a fun-filled day of Christmas in July celebrations, complete with faux snowfalls and warming winter fare. At dusk, the magic of the ‘Winter Wonderlights’ begins, as the site lights up with over 20 grand-scale projections, creating Australia’s largest lighting spectacular-all set across a twinkling backdrop of cottage gardens lit by over 15 km of fairy lights.

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat is a comfortable 90-minute drive from Melbourne Airport and easily accessible via train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station.

As the sound of carollers echo throughout Sovereign Hill’s Township and anticipation of snowfall fills the air, visitors will be swept up in the excitement of a special European-style Christmas event as Sovereign Hill shines brighter than ever before from July 1-30, 2017.

The Victorian-style buildings will come alive through the magic of large-scale light projections in the dazzling ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show and children can attempt to catch the gingerbread man as he dashes from building to building, peeking out from the Christmas themed lights and animations.

With over 20 buildings lit up with yuletide animations, including the New York Bakery, United States Hotel and Apothecaries’ Hall and over 10 km of fairy lights throughout Sovereign Hill’s garden, this event is the largest light projection spectacle ever staged in one site anywhere in Australia.

During the day, the entire Sovereign Hill Township evokes a sense of old-world wonder. Visitors can take a 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. Visitors will also delight in the Christmas market where they can purchase enchanting decorations, or try some traditional treats including a steaming cup of mulled wine, or a gingerbread biscuit.

At night, as the light fades, 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. This show, set to Christmas-themed music, will be bigger and brighter than ever before with more buildings lit up in impressive style, evoking the spirit and enchantment of Christmas. Visitors will be given a special passport, so that they can catch sight of the mischievous Gingerbread man as he hides within the building projections.

Sovereign Hill has also appointed Kajal Somaiya as their India Sales & Marketing Representative. She is a freelance travel marketing and PR professional, currently working with Namale Resort & Spa as their India Representative, Fiji since April 2016.