Christmas in Ballarat guide: entertainment, carols

We’re making a list and checking it twice.

The Courier has compiled a list of all the best Christmas festivities happening in Ballarat during the lead up to Christmas. 

With plenty of carols services, musicals and the Central Square Christmas Lights Competition coming with a handy map, you’ll be able to navigate the silly season in the city with style. 

Check out our top tips below. 

CAROLS

Buninyong Carols - December 9, 7.30pm at DeSoza Park. Headlined by Geoffrey Williams, with a Lions Club barbecue and children’s crafts from 5.30pm. READ MORE:Buninyong Carols promising soul and community spirit 

Bungaree Carols - December 10, 8pm. Held at St Johns Church, 309 Bungaree Wallace Road.

Ballan Community Christmas Carols - December 15, 7pm. Ballan Mechanics Institute, 143 Inglis Street. 

Cheer: Emma Nilsson and Zeb Nilsson, 4, at the 2016 Ballarat Christmas Carols by Candlelight at the North Gardens Reserve. Picture: Dylan Burns

Cheer: Emma Nilsson and Zeb Nilsson, 4, at the 2016 Ballarat Christmas Carols by Candlelight at the North Gardens Reserve. Picture: Dylan Burns

Clunes Carols on the Common - December 17, 5pm.

North Gardens ‘Eureka’ Carols by Candlelight - December 17, 7.30pm at the North Gardens Reserve. The city’s biggest carols service, with 5000 people perched on picnic rugs and getting festive. 

Central Square Carolers - December 9, 16, 17, 20 and 23, various times.

Haddon Christmas Eve - December 24, 8pm at the Haddon Recreation Reserve Oval. Carols will be lead by the Haddon Concert Band and the Haddon Church of Christ choir. 

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

The Courier is proud to host the Central Square Christmas Lights Competition again this year.

There’s a $500 voucher from Central Square for the house voted best in Ballarat, so get your entries in before December 13. Voting will open December 14. 

Check out our incredible interactive map for all the best lights in town. 

Bright: Annie Rinaldi and her family won The Courier's Christmas Lights Competition in 2014. Picture: Kate Healy

Bright: Annie Rinaldi and her family won The Courier's Christmas Lights Competition in 2014. Picture: Kate Healy

THINGS TO SEE

The interactive festive street art trail has 3D optical illusions painted around the city. If you’ve ever wanted to meet a gingerbread man or help Santa abseil down a building, here’s your chance. READ MORE: Interactive festive street art trail captures imaginations

ELF ON THE SHELF

Santa’s cheeky helpers have taken Ballarat by storm, with elves infiltrating houses and keeping an eye on all the naughty and nice things the region’s children do. 

Need some Elf on the Shelf inspiration? Look no further than our gallery of wacky photos

PARTIES 

Filipino Australian Association of Ballarat Inc is holding their Christmas Party at St James Hall, Albert Street Sebastopol on Saturday, December 9. Children’s party at 5pm, adults at 6.30pm. Tickets $15, contact Arlene Brewer for more information on 0468 535 829. 

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