The Winter Wonderlights Program
1 July to 30 July 2017
With a full day of fun and family activities topped off by our magical ‘Winter Wonderlights’ show, the whole family will love ‘Christmas in July’. During the day, Sovereign Hill will be filled with Christmas trees and colourful decorations lining Main Street. ‘Hands-on’ activities for children, a full theatre program, make believe snow falls and delicious treats will bring Christmas cheer to all. By night, as the sun sets and the snowflakes fall, Main Street will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale images and bright 'Winter Wonderlights’ dancing along its familiar façades.
11.45 am, 1.45 pm, 3.30 pm and 6.00 pm LOCATION: Main Street
Marvel as Sovereign Hill turns into a snowy winter wonderland*.
* Please note that we use make believe snow. Times for snowfalls are forecasts only and may change depending on weather conditions.
Approximately 5.45 pm LOCATION: Main Street
Main Street will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale Christmas images dancing along its familiar façades. ‘Winter Wonderlights’ begins as soon as the sky is dark enough. Times therefore vary slightly each evening depending on light conditions.
* ‘Winter Wonderlights’ will launch each day at 5.45 pm towards the top of Main Street. Buildings marked on the visitor map will be illuminated.
THEATRE THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY
LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD
11.00 am, 4.15 pm Location: Victoria Theatre
Is it Little Red Riding Hood or Robin Hood? Well, the owners of the Victorian Theatre at Sovereign Hill can not agree which story to tell. So, to the delight of the audiences, they present both at the same time! This is classic, hilarious pantomime with a wonderful new twist.
12.00 mid-day Location: Check blackboard at Victoria Theatre for location
Christmas Mummers’ plays belong to a very old tradition in which travelling performers moved from village to village during Christmas performing plays which had a theme of birth and death. Enjoy a typical nonsense play – it’s guaranteed to be very silly and lots of fun! Suitable for all ages.
A VISIT FROM ST NICHOLAS
1.00 pm, 3.15 pm Location: Victoria Theatre
Come on a journey to hear a timeless story told through poetry and stunning Victorian shadow puppets. This tale of a visit by a ‘jolly old elf’ will delight young children – they may even learn the names of the reindeers! Hint: two of their names have changed slightly from the 1800s, but which ones? Suitable for all ages.
2.15 pm Location: Victoria Theatre
Oliver Twist is one of the most famous and popular stories of all time - especially given that, in the 1850s, Charles Dickens was at the peak of his powers and the most successful English novelist ever! His novel is the story of a poor orphan boy's adventures in London’s underworld and amongst the gentry.
Mr and Mrs Crosby and their Victoria Theatre players have decided to stage an adaption of the story and they need someone to play Oliver - could it be you?
ORIENTATION TOUR OF MUSEUM
10:45 am Location: Refer to starting point on Visitor Map
Join us for an orientation of Sovereign Hill as we help you get your bearing and explain the history of the goldfields.
2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Location: Marquee
Be amazed by the spectacular realm of the unknown through the magic tricks on show.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN STORYTELLING TIME
5.00 pm Location: Marquee
Take a break before the excitement of the Wonderlights to hear the classic tale of The Gingerbread Man. You may even get to meet The Gingerbread Man himself!
Each day there are extra activities and performances that may not be listed.
Please check the blackboard at the Victoria Theatre on the day of your visit.
AT THE GOLD MUSEUM
GOLDEN TREASURE TOUR
Take a guided tour of the Gold Museum and hear fascinating stories behind our objects and displays.
Doctor Blake's Ballarat
All Day Location: Gold Museum
Get up close to the props, costumes, photography, and set sketches that bring Doctor Blake to life, and see the historic Ballarat locations featured in the show. Be greeted at the door by Doctor Blake's iconic 1937 Coventry Standard car and take a selfie behind the doctor's desk. Step into the set of the doctor's lounge or relax in Doctor Blake's waiting room.
All Day Location: Gold Museum
Draw your best costume sketches for display in our foyer and you just might be the Winner of the Month!
Winners will have their work showcased on our Facebook page.
Doctor Blake's Detective Trail
All Day Location: Gold Museum
A self-guided trail for the children through Doctor Blake's Ballarat.
UNDERGROUND MINE ADVENTURE TOURS
LOCATION: Gold Mine (MAP 6)
Book early on the day of your visit as places are limited.
Ride the Inclined Tramway into the gold mine on a fully-guided underground adventure like no other!
These tours are fully-guided and attract an extra charge. Please note that it is essential to book on arrival, as places are limited. Children under 5 are free, but must have a ticket. Ask about wheelchair access at the Gold Mine Ticket Office.
THE SECRET CHAMBER
The ghostly ‘Secret Chamber’ tells a tale of two Chinese miners who, like many of their countrymen, travelled to the Ballarat goldfields in search of their fortunes.
What happens when luck runs out? Ride the Inclined Tramway into the mine to experience ‘Trapped’, the dramatic story of Australia’s worst gold mining disaster.
JOURNEY THROUGH THE LABYRINTH OF GOLD
Ride the Inclined Tramway underground into the world of 19th century gold mining. See original 19th century workings and demonstrations of early mining equipment while gaining an insight into the daily life and work of Ballarat’s miners as they sought their fortunes below ground.
All tours attract an extra charge and must be pre-booked on the day of your visit. Children under 5 are free, but they must obtain a ticket. Ask about wheelchair access at the Gold Mine Ticket Office.
Gold Mine Tours: $7.50 Adult, $4.00 Child (5-15), $20.00 Family (2A & 4C). Self-guided Red Hill Mine tours are free.
Regular tours throughout the day.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES
11.30 am to 6.30 pm Location: Marquee
Create your own structure, such as a miniature building or rocking horse using a variety of natural materials.
CHILL OUT ZONE
11.30 am to 6.30 pm Location: Horse Bazaar
Warm covered space with colouring activities available
ALL OF YOUR FAVOURITE SOVEREIGN HILL ACTIVITIES
Throughout the Day
All of the regular daily activities and demonstrations including gold panning, coach rides, candle-dipping, bowling, sweet making demonstrations, the Redcoat Soldiers, gold pour demonstrations and much more can be enjoyed!
Download a full program of daily activities.
Stay right at the heart of the action with the excitement and intrigue of the Gold Rush only metres from your doorstep!
Located in picturesque Ballarat, Sovereign Hill’s very own 4-star (self rated) hotel makes the perfect base for families and couples wanting to experience the fun and activities of 'Christmas in July', topped off by our magical 'Winter Wonderlights' show.