Just short of 100,000 visitors have enjoyed Sovereign Hill’s Christmas in July: Winter Wonderlights event.
The three-week event transformed the outdoor museum into a Christmas Wonderland, with this year’s event one of the largest staged in Sovereign Hill’s 49-year history.
Visitors from all over enjoyed theatre performances, joined in Christmas themed arts and crafts, stocked up on traditional Christmas decorations, danced in the faux snow and watched the Winter Wonderlights.
The event continues to see large benefits for the region, with Ballarat accommodation occupancy high throughout the event period.
Event highlights include: 2.5 tonnes of Raspberry Drops made – 18kms of Fairy Lights installed – 46 hours of Christmas Carols performed by a Brass Band – 96 Snow Falls – 116 Confectionary Demonstrations – 144 giant baubles and 46 huge bows sparkle on the 9-metre high Christmas tree – 9,000 Candles Dipped – 144 Theatre Performances – Over 216 hours of Coach Rides – 14,000 Toffee Apples dipped – 17,871 Lollipops eaten – 10,000 Raspberry Drop Wagon Wheels made.
Sara Quon, Chief Executive Officer at Sovereign Hill said, “Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights has established itself as one of the key winter regional events in Victoria. Each year it brings enormous economic impact to the city of Ballarat and is a major draw card for intrastate and interstate visitors.
“We are thrilled with the response from visitors who attended this year’s event. All Sovereign Hill staff and volunteers should be proud of their commitment to delivering an exceptional customer experience, during the museum’s busiest time of year.”