Christmas in July Sovereign HillReviewers Rating:
Where to Buy: Online or at the Door

Christmas in July. We’ve all heard about it in Australia – but here at Sovereign Hill, they’re actually doing it. Snow and All!  We had a great day out and left knowing we could spend a second day and not be bored.

Features and Benefits:

  • Caters for the whole family – great family outing
  • Easy to find; plenty of parking – stress free entertainment
  • Tremendous variety – caters to all tastes
  • Variety of ticketing options – covers most options
  • Check it out before you go – animated online maps & info

Reviewers Experience:

We arrived in Ballarat on a one day excursion to include Sovereign Hill. We decided to head straight to the ‘diggings’ and follow this with the rest of the town. Well, we were certainly glad we went to Sovereign Hill first. We spent all day there and left thinking we could have spent close to another day to give everything available a good workout. We got to see nearly everything that was on offer but wished we had more time to take it in properly.

Sovereign Hill, celebrates the winter school holidays with a Christmas in July theme. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a full day of Christmas excitement with fun for everyone, indoors and out, with this year’s holiday program bigger than ever! Sovereign Hill’s Main Street will be adorned with Victorian-style Christmas trees and colourful decorations, and snowflakes will turn the outdoor museum into a winter wonderland for children to enjoy ‘snow’ play.

The first thing to note of course, is the streets not covered with bitumen and the walkways made of timber. If that is not enough to set the scene, the characters in period dress certainly do; town criers, everyday folk, miners, troopers, horsemen, farriers and others abound.

We had only just finished following the troops through their paces when the town crier alerted us to something new about to happen. Back to main street outside the theatre and there it was – SNOW! Great fun had by all ages.

The main street is bustling with activity as visitors and ‘locals’ make their way from shop to store to mine to theatre to hotel to bakery and more. While there is plenty in the main street to occupy even the most difficult to please, the rest of the town offers even more history and fun. Displays of various crafts, trades and activities aplenty – check out the musket and how to use it. The wheelwright is well worth the time – and then take some more time to see the process through as they turn bits of wood into hub spokes & wheels. And then they add tyres – the steel type, of course.

What else? Bank & Gold Office, Foundry, School, Boiler & Engine House, go down a mine, see gold ‘poured’. Watch a play at the theatre.

Suddenly – it seemed – our day was done. We could have spent much more time there enjoying all that was available.

Check it out before you go and arrange more than a day if this is where you like to be, because you won’t be disappointed. They even have accommodation on site (modern day style) so you don’t even have to go anywhere else.