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Christmas in Ballarat

Ballarat’s CBD will come alive this Christmas with a new art trail, the city’s beloved decorations plus live music, roving entertainment, arts and crafts, and much more.  

The Christmas Art Trail features unique artworks by five local artists – Lucy Frith, Sally Gregory, Caroline Keys, Dillon Naylor and Tegan Crosbie. Follow the trail through the CBD, snap a selfie with Santa, pat the reindeer or stand under the mistletoe. 

Returning to Ballarat for another year are the popular floral reindeer and sleigh, giant shooting star, crystal star plus the giant bauble in the Bridge Mall.

And in the special Albert Street green space (between Parent Place and Grill’d), you can take a peek inside Santa’s workshop or get crafty at one of the free kids’ workshops throughout December (bookings required).

So why not come to the Ballarat CBD for the festive spirit, dine in at your favourite foodie spot then wander the city’s retail treasures to find the perfect gift?

CLICK HERE for a printable version of the Christmas in Ballarat map

Get into the festive spirit this Christmas in Ballarat

It might be a little cliché but Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year in Ballarat.



Introducing Ballarat’s new Christmas Art Trail

A new Ballarat art trail is celebrating the magic of the festive season.



From Ballarat with love: Christmas edition

Shop small and support local businesses this Christmas with our special 2021 gift guide.


Workshops for kids – booking out fast!


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.