Experience Winter Wonderlands In Melbourne

By: Ayesha Khan, ellaslist

Snow is a magical experience that completes any winter time. But sometimes it's hard to getaway to snow destinations. Worry not, you can experience fluffy white stuff right here in the city at these top winter wonderlands. Time to make snow angels, giggle through a snowball fight or slide feet first down a toboggan run. 

1. Winter Wonderlights At Sovereign Hill 

Celebrate Christmas in July by indulging in all things Yule at the Winter Wonderlights Festival at SovereignHill. Catch the town’s new cheeky resident, Gingerbread Man as he mischievously plots his escape from the hungry hands and scrambles around while the children attempt to catch him. 

During the day, Sovereign Hill will be filled with Christmas trees and colourful decorations lining Main Street with plenty of activities for children, a full theater program, make believe snowfalls and delicious treats, bringing the Christmas cheer to all. 

By night,  Sovereign Hill’s Victorian-style buildings will come alive thanks to the magic of large-scale light projections dancing along the building façades. It's magical winter experience for the entire family wandering through the brightly-lit streets under the gentle snowfalls.

What you need to know
Where: 3 Bradshaw Street, Ballarat Central, Ballarat 3350, Australia
When: July 1 to July 30
Cost: Adult  $59.50 , Child (5-15)  $27.00 
For more information and tickets, see website

2. St. Kilda Winter Garden 

St Kilda’s favourite triangle is set to be transformed into an entertainment zone this winter. With savvy small bars, delicious food stores, carnival rides, quirky sideshows, an ice rink, sparkling lights and roaring fires, you experience the warmth and wonder of  St Kilda’s Winter Garden.

The highlight of the Winter Garden is an antique Spiegeltent full of stunning shows such as the family friendly Funatorium Mad Hatter’s Tea Party taking place from 28 June – 9 July
Get your skates on and head on down to St Kilda’s very own Ice Skating rink! Running every day of St Kilda’s Winter Garden – MAP 57, with increased hours over the July school holidays.

What you need to know
Where: St Kilda Triangle, St Kilda
When: 15 June – 30 July
For more information: see website

3. Big Freeze Winter Festival 

Can't take the time out to head to the snow this winter? Don't worry because there are plenty of snow themed options right here in the city.

The Big Freeze Winter Festival is returning to the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate. Families and kids can play in the snow, ride brand new snow slides, toss a snowball, walk through the snowfall forest, play in the winter village, and get active in kids’ challenge. 

The adventure seekers can learn circus skills, build in the construction zone, race down the polar bear slide, get creative in the igloo craft zone and get the family together for a photo in the snow globe.

What you need to know
Where:  Fountain Gate Shopping Centre Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway

When: Saturday 1 July to Sunday 9 July
Session Times: 9am – 11:30am, 12pm – 2:30pm, 3pm – 5:30pm
For more information: see website

4. Winter Wonderland At Luna Park 

Dreaming of a white Christmas. Head over to Luna Park to join in the 'holly and jolly' these winter holidays. There’s SNOW better place to be than Luna Park this Winter for Christmas in July!

Melbourne’s most iconic amusement park will be beaming with the spirit of Christmas as it transforms into a magical Christmas wonderland from 1 July - 16 July. There's plenty of festive entertainment around for everyone. Climb aboard Santa's sleigh and take in his majestic throne adorned with nutcrackers and giant candy canes. 

Twirl around under the magical snowfall every hour and brighten up the Christmas spirit with visits from Santa and his elves. Seeking a Christmas adventure? Grab your skates and head over to the pop-up ice rink beside the iconic Sky Rider Ferris Wheel. 

You may even win a Despicable Me 3 Prize Pack. Simply take a picture of yourself at the wonky mirrors and upload to #lunalive. Hey, the Minions might even join you every Saturday from 12 pm - 3 pm. 

Don't miss this Snow-tastic Christmas experience at Luna Park 

What you need to know

Where: Luna Park, St Kilda, Melbourne 

When: 1 July - 16 July 

Timings:  Fri - Sat (11am–8pm) 
                Sun -  Thurs (11am–6pm)

Cost: Entry to park is free. Variable pricing for rides

For more information: see website

5. Winter Comes To The River

Hello Winter Holidays!  During the winter school holidays, the giant Melbourne Variety Ice Slide returns for kids, parents and the whole of Melbourne to enjoy. 
Warm up this winter with an exhilarating journey down the Melbourne Ice Slide on an inflatable tube alongside Southbank's waterfront. 

Get your skates on and take a spin around River Rink at Fed Square this winter from July 1 to July 23. Ticket cost includes skates and 45-minute skate sessions starting every hour on the hour. For those who are unsteady on the ice, skating aids are available for hire at the box office

South Wharf will be especially wintery from the 1 July to the 10 July, with a round of snow falling every evening from 5-8pm. Enjoy a snowfields-style drink, warm winter food treats and music on some nights and weekends.


Giant Slide: 1 July  - 16 July 

Ice Rink: 1 July - 23 July 

Snow Fall: 1 July - 10  July 


Giant Slide : A single ticket for $12 can be used for three slides and can be purchased onsite

Ice rink: Adults: $24.50 , Junior (3 - 5 years): $15.00 , Child (6 - 14 years): $18.50