Get your skates on | ourballarat winter 2021

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Forgo hibernation – it’s time to celebrate the chilly season in Ballarat.

After a hiatus in 2020, the popular ice skating rink will return this year as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival.

Excitement is building in the CBD as the city begins its transformation into a winter wonderland with the return of the much-loved ice-skating rink from Saturday 26 June–Sunday 18 July.

Post skate, make sure you explore Ballarat and feast by the fireplaces of our quality culinary establishments.

You can also warm up with Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva at Kryal Castle, meet the animals at the Ballarat Wildlife Park and be amazed at Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights.

Embrace Ballarat’s signature season and celebrate the Ballarat Winter Festival, visit

FREE things to do in Ballarat this winter...

Play disc golf at Victoria Park

Disc golf is similar to traditional golf. Instead of hitting a ball with a club, players throw a disc from the tee pad to a basket. Discover how to play and find out more about our 18-hole course.

Stock up at a market

Discover fresh food and produce, arts and craft, collectables, second-hand treasures and more. Go to for our guide to the region’s markets.

Check out an exhibition

A sedentary lifestyle is so 2020. The Art Gallery of Ballarat celebrates the moving body with works from its collection, including this linocut on paper, Wheels, 1968, by Margaret Strutt-Davies. Body Moving is on show until 1 August.