Winterlude has arrived in Ballarat!

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People, places, experiences – there is so much to love about Ballarat this winter!

Ballarat and its surrounding villages offer rich history and culture, coupled with some of the best eateries, unique boutiques, exciting events and amazing attractions in Victoria.

This winter, visitors are invited to rug up and embrace Ballarat’s Winterlude. A celebration of the city’s colder months, there’s a range of fun to be had for young and old.

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Get the kids out of the house during the school holidays and into some traditional winter activities at the pop up ice skating rink in the CBD. Lace up the skates and take to real ice right in the heart of our city.

See Ballarat in a new light, as laneways and cellars will come to life with intriguing light displays, art installations, food carts and musicians.

Foodies can go foraging and feasting at local farms and eateries, cook up your own storm at cooking classes or leave it to the region’s chefs to tempt you with their warming winter menus and gourmet winter pies featuring the region’s best produce.

There’ll also be cultural wanderings with enticing exhibitions and shows to round out your Winterlude experience.

And let’s not forget Ballarat’s world-class attractions!

Gather your friends and family and head to the 1850s gold rush at Sovereign Hill, featuring costumed characters, gold-panning and a multi-million-dollar sound and light show, Blood on the Southern Cross.

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Next, take part in Kryal Castle’s myths, magic and action-packed medieval adventures.

Then explore the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, an enriching interactive experience where you can learn about stories of democracy from around the world.

Don’t forget the Ballarat Wildlife Park for a close encounter with animals.

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You can visit these attractions at a discounted rate with the Ballarat Pass, available at the Ballarat Visitor Information Centre.

For a guaranteed hit with the kids, try out Amaze’n’Ice synthetic ice-skating rink at The Tangled Maze. While you are there, you can also explore the enormous botanical maze, mini-golf, laser tag and cafe.

Be sure to take advantage of all that Ballarat offers in the coming months and enjoy the endless opportunities to create an unforgettable experience this winter.

Go to ballaratwinterlude.com.au for full event details.