HEADING to Ballarat in the lead up to Christmas? We have the ideal itinerary to guide you along all the city's festive offerings.
Admire the festive decorations along the city’s main thoroughfare, explore the best retail offerings, follow Balla and Pete along their special art trail, indulge in the finest food and wine, and delight in summer’s festivals and events to round off the silly season.
Take a walk along Ballarat's main stretch Sturt Street and admire the beautiful Christmas installations and decorations that adorn the boulevards. Perfect photo opportunities for young and old and a sure way to get you feeling the Christmas spirit!
Check into The Provincial Hotel, Ballarat's newest luxury accommodation provider. The boutique hotel and restaurant provides timeless beauty and quality, boasting 23 suites, each one uniquely styled in a mix of bespoke antique, modern and custom pieces. Once you've checked in, you'll be able to dine at the hotel's accompanying restaurant Lola - named after one of the most infamous female characters of the goldfields and serving up a locally-sourced, seasonally-driven menu with a European influence.
Coffee and smashed avo. A smoothie and pancakes. Tea and chia pudding. Whatever your palate is craving, Ballarat's cafes are certain to deliver. Pull up a chair at the warehouse chic Hydrant for brunch, or take in the city sights at The George Hotel Lane. You won't be disappointed.
The arts trail
If you're travelling as a family, make sure to take the kids along the special Christmas Arts Trail. Venture along a merry street art escapade through the city, as you help search for the perfect Christmas star. Follow characters Balla and Pete along 10 mind-bending interactive street artworks, and help the rats fulfill their Christmas quest!
Ballarat is dotted with loads of boutiques and stores housing everything you need for the festive season. Check out our specially-curated Christmas gift-guides for him, for her, and for the kids, and get all your Christmas shopping done at one of the city's independent retailers or shopping centres.
Another family-must, make sure to use your visit to Ballarat as an opportunity to check out the best attractions including Sovereign Hill, the Ballarat Wildlife Park, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat Observatory and Kryal Castle.
Festivals and events
Ballarat's Christmas events and festivals are sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. With shopping nights and jazz conventions, markets and carols, there's a festive event to please all ages!