'CHRISTMAS IN JULY': WINTER WONDERLIGHTS 2018 PROGRAM
30 June - 22 July
Marvel as Sovereign Hill turns into a snowy winter wonderland. The famous St Nicholas might even be there!
11.45 am, 1.15 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.45 pm
Little Red Robin Hood
Is it Little Red Riding Hood or Robin Hood? Well, the owners of the Victoria Theatre at Sovereign Hill can’t agree which story to tell. So, to the delight of audiences, they present both at the same time! This is classic, hilarious pantomime with a wonderful new twist.
11.00 am & 2.15 pm & 4.00 pm
A Visit from St Nick
Come with us 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?
St Nicholas Old Horse
Christmas Mummers’ plays belong to a very old tradition in which traveling 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!
A Christmas Carol
You are invited to a reading of Charles Dickens’ ever popular story, ‘A Christmas Carol’! This lively reading will enthral, warming the whole family with the Christmas spirit.
Emperor's New Clothes
Two swindlers trick an emperor and his entire kingdom (almost) into believing they can weave a magical cloth that only the clever and worthy can see. Come see and hear Han’s Christian Anderson’s delightful, timeless story of the dangers of pride and vanity.
12.45 pm & 3.15 pm
Meet our Goldfields Animals
Our small animal handlers will take you to meet some of our favourite goldfields animals.
Meet at the Pig Pen
See the Redcoats march, drill and fire their muskets
1.00 pm & 3.45 pm
Victoria Theatre Balcony
Hear classic Christmas Carols played by a good old fashioned brass ensemble.
Master of Magic
Be mystified by ‘The Amazing Barry’ as his dazzling magic transports you into the spectacular realm of the unknown
2.30 pm - 5.30 pm
We’ll provide the kit and you can make something special to take home – perhaps a Gingerbread Man or a miner’s cottage!
11.00 am – 6.30 pm
Main Street will be transformed by sparkling grand-scale Christmas images dancing along its familiar facades. ‘Winter Wonderlights’ begins as soon as the sky is dark enough. Times therefore vary slightly each evening depending on light conditions.
5.45 pm - 7.00 pm
At the Gold Museum
I Wonder …
Get up close to some of the Museum’s collection, not usually on display. Visit the touch trolley volunteers to guess what our Christmas and winter themed artefacts are.
2.00-4.00 pm daily
Inspired by the Princess Mary Christmas box, write your own Christmas postcard home (or to St Nicholas). Stamps and a postbox are available in the gift shop.
A Victorian Silhouette
How does Sovereign Hill achieve the 1850s style? A Victorian Silhouette gives a glimpse of the Sovereign Hill Costume Department’s creative process. Step inside the costume department’s workroom and discover how Sovereign Hill’s characters come to life. View the Gold Museum’s stunning collection of 19th century women’s clothing. Experience the crinolines, bustles and corsets of the Victorian era!