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Things to do in Ballarat this Christmas


Ballarat is getting into the Christmas spirit with a festive line-up of food and drink, live music, markets, workshops, exhibitions and Insta-worthy moments.

Christmas high tea at Mitchell Harris Wine Bar


The Boatshed Restaurant


  • Three-course lunch at Craig’s Royal Hotel (12pm-3pm)
  • Buffet lunch at Mercure Ballarat Hotel (12pm-3pm)
  • Three-course lunch at The Bunch of Grapes Hotel
  • Three-course lunch at The Boatshed Restaurant ***Fully booked***
  • Lunch at The Blue Bell Hotel ***Fully booked***
  • Dinner at Hotel Canberra Ballarat ***Fully booked***
Christmas Art Trail


Ballarat’s giant Christmas bauble


Christmas shopping night at Sovereign Hill


  • Creswick Twilight Market at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre (Friday 24 November from 5pm)
  • Christmas shopping night at Sovereign Hill (Friday 24 November from 6pm-8pm)
  • SpringFest Ballarat Market Sunday at Lake Wendouree (Sunday 26 November from 10am-4pm)
  • Barkly Square Global Markets – Christmas Market at Barkly Square (Friday 1 December from 4pm-8pm)
  • Christmas Fest by the Lake at Pleasant Street Primary School (Friday 1 December from 4pm-8pm)
  • Boutique Christmas Market at Buninyong Gift House (Friday 1 December from 4pm-8pm)
  • The Bridge Market in the Bridge Mall (Saturday 2 December from 9am-1pm)
  • The Design Exchange Christmas Market at the Ballarat Mining Exchange (Sunday 3 December from 10am-3pm)
  • BMI Summer Maker and Community Market at the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute (Sunday 3 December from 10am-2pm)
  • Reworn Market at the Ballarat Mining Exchange (Thursday 7 December from 5.30pm-8.30pm)
  • Ballarat Nightlife Market’s Christmas Shopping Night at TBC (Friday 8 December from 4pm-9pm)
  • Ballarat Farmers Market at North Gardens Reserve, Lake Wendouree (Saturday 9 December from 9am-1pm)
  • Buninyong Village Christmas Market at the Buninyong Town Hall (Saturday 9 December from 3pm-7pm)
  • Christmas market at Botanica Ballarat (Sunday 10 December from 9am-2pm)
  • Ballarat Farmers Market’s Twilight Christmas Market at North Gardens Reserve, Lake Wendouree (Friday 15 December from 4pm-8pm)
  • Beaufort By Twilight in the Beaufort township (Friday 15 December from 5pm-8pm)
  • The Bridge Market in the Bridge Mall (Saturday 16 December from 9am-1pm)
  • Creswick Market at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre (Saturday 16 December from 9am-1pm)
  • Talbot Farmers Market in Scandinavian Crescent (Sunday 17 December from 9am-1pm)
  • Avoca Riverside Christmas Twilight Market at Avoca (Sunday 17 December from 3pm-9pm)
  • Ballarat Nightlife Market’s Christmas Spectacular Market at City Oval (Friday 22 December from 1pm-8pm)
Christmas candles and cocktails with The Essential Candle Co at Aunty Jacks


Spilt Milk at Ballarat’s Victoria Park


A Celtic Christmas by A Taste of Ireland


Whereabouts: Printmakers Respond at the Art Gallery of Ballarat


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22 Nov 2023

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