Sovereign Hill Christmas in July- with giveaway! {sponsored}

by Shae on June 16, 2014


We were lucky to spend a couple of days at Sovereign Hill last week. I can’t believe we had never been there before! Well Luke had been with school, but we had never taken the kids. To say they had an awesome time is an understatement. And not just because of the boiled lollies and pies at the Hope bakery (seriously, best pies ever). I think this picture of Harper’s face pretty much says it all.


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One of the kid’s favorite parts of the whole experience was seeing costumed characters on Main street. They loved being taken back in time and it really gave their knowledge of the gold rush days some grounding. Not to mention busting some moves to the characters who were playing banjo.



This school holidays Sovereign Hill is stepping it up a notch for a Christmas In July spectacular. Main street will be transformed with Victorian style Christmas decorations, carolers and even falling snowflakes. There will be a full program of special Christmas themed activities during the day including pantomimes and snow play. Then at night 12 of the buildings will be lit up with the glittering Christmas Wonder Lights. The grand scale images and bright lights are from the team who bring White Night to Melbourne each year so it should be spectacular!


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The Christmas in July at Sovereign Hill featuring the Christmas Wonder Lights is on this holidays from June 28 until the 13th of July. You can check out the website to get more information HERE.


How would you like to win some tickets to go and check out Sovereign Hill for yourself?

I have a pass for 2 adults and 2 children to give away.

What you need to do to enter is to tell me the thing you would most look forward to doing at Sovereign Hill. Pan for gold? Do a mine tour? ย Eat you weight in delicious pies?

I’ll choose the best answer and contact the winner by email so make sure you leave a valid one. Competition closes on Friday 20th June at 5pm.


Disclaimer-I was given 2 days entry and one night accommodation by Sovereign Hill. All opinions are my own



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Bianca June 16, 2014 at 10:01 am

I would love to win tickets to Sovereign Hill and surprise my family over the holidays.
My 3 boys would each love something different.
My 7 year old would love the mine tour. (I’m sure he would compare to minecraft)
My 3 year would love to see how things are made candles, lollies and gold panning
My 4 month old would love the light show.
For myself spending the day with my family watching them have fun. (Eating lollies!)
Looks like you had an awesome day.
I had no idea there was so much to do there.


Mandy June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Oh this looks awesome. I remember my mum taking us as kids. My brothers thought they had a chance of becoming millionaires with the panning. Lol. I’d love to go and take the kids. Especially with the snow spectacular, and perhaps visit the ye old lolly shop!


Elise June 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

Riley is obsessed with Sovereign hill. We went last year to the Christmas in July and it was fabulous. We love panning for gold-despite the fact your fingers nearly freeze off! My personal favorite is the horse and carriage ride. We are looking forward to getting back there at some point this year.


Linda De June 16, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Firstly pan for gold, with my treasure buy pies and boiled lollies, then hide down a mine shaft to feast on my goodies.


kelly mccarthy June 16, 2014 at 7:17 pm

i would take my children on the mine tour some the never seen before the last time i was there was when little girl


Alma G June 16, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Eating my body weight in Raspberry Drops
Panning for Gold in the creek,
Spending some time underground,
Imagining all the characters I’d meet!
So much to see and do,
To smell and taste and hear,
Sovereign Hill- School Holiday Perfection!
Christmas (in July) is near!


Bernice OSullivan June 16, 2014 at 7:32 pm

Oh that’s an easy question! Straight to the old fashion lolly shop to buy RASPBERRY DROPS and those little umbrella shaped lolly pops. Lucky it’s close to the exit so I don’t have to carry my stash to far ๐Ÿ˜› And then to pay for my stash I may need to do a little gold panning.


leelee June 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I would most look forward to enjoying a day out with my family and seeing the kids faces light up with excitement and wonder. I think it would be a toss up between the horse and cart ride and the lolly shop for favourite activity!


Stacey Banks June 16, 2014 at 8:34 pm

I would love to take my 3 kids to pan for gold! My son has a toy metal detector he carries around the backyard looking for treasure lol


Col H June 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Living in Geelong, i’ve wanted to go but to make it worth while we would want to stay the night, but the price of accomodation and then Sovereign Hill entry has always put us off.

As interesting as the gold panning and some of the other things are, there are 2 things that really jump at me. Firstly, the Coach Rides. My daughter is a huge fan of horses and would really get a kick out of something like that.

Secondly, the costumes and experience of living in the olden days. We have recently been going through some of Great Grandmas photos and the kids were very interested in the clothing, and style of photos etc. To be able to take them to Sovereign Hill to see clothes and everyday life like that would be amazing.


Billie June 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

I would use the opportunity to show my children Australian history in a fashion that’s fun, entertaining and factual. I hope to pass on the same family experiences I had when I was little visiting there.


carly June 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm

love to see the excitement on the kids faces while panning for gold = priceless!


melissa June 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I would love to take my kids to ‘ Blood on the Southern Crossโ€™..dramatic lights and action ….via the lolly shop of course .
I would also love to see the horse and carts clip clopping along again.


Maria Dmello June 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Take our 2 year old girl to dress up and have a family photo then watch my daughters reaction when it snows, she will be screaming with excitement


Maria Dmello June 16, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Take our daughter bowling, then dress up and have a family photo and then wait for my daughters reaction when she sees the snow falling


Rebecca June 17, 2014 at 1:17 am

It would be fantastic if we could win this, my hubby is in the army and has been away from us for 5 months, we have 3 beautiful girls and just know they would love this experience. I think we would need to do it all…. the pies for daddy and the lovely sweeties for me and the girls would have a ball finding gold. It would be a truly fabulous family memory for all of us. Even if we are not picked it will be on our wish list for sure, thank you for reminding me of this beautiful place oxooxo


Antonietta June 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

I’ve never been to Sovereign Hill, not even for a school excursion back in the day, boo hoo! I love to experience with my family what the great Aussie battlers were like back then, working very hard in conditions we wouldn’t be able to tolerate these days without handcream! How the schools are different and how children were taught might give my kids a better appreciation of their own education and what they have in comparison!


Miriam June 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

The kids cannot wait to an for gold! They have this very romantic notion about it all – finding gold, exchanging it for money and buying something they want. Haha. We are forever trying to get them to understand the gold they would get is “dust”.
So,simply put – we would love to go to SH and pan for gold with the kids so that can see exactly how unromantic it is. It is a time consuming thing to try to find gold there these days. (sorry to those who have kids reading this.)
We would also enjoy the mine tour.


Kelly June 17, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I haven’t been to Sovereign Hill since I was a kid and have never taken my children there, though I’d love to.
I would most look forward to showing the children what I loved there – the boiled lollies being made. I remember watching the toffee being stretched and doubled, stretched and doubled. Fascinating! And then to enter the shop and buy some lollies in a jar.


Lian Peet June 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Thanks for the opportunity Shae!! We live in an old gold mining town. There’s only an old church and school left of the buildings. My 10 year old daughter recently did a research piece for our local paper on the old clay pits from the gold mining days, and a trip to Sovereign Hill would fit in beautifully!! We even have two early settler chimneys on our property, so would love to immerse ourselves in that period of history. Going during the Christmas in July themed period would make the visit AMAZING and MEMORABLE!! Oooooh, pick me, pick me!!


Lian Peet June 17, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Hello, my name is Anna Peet and i am 10. My mum showed me this and i thought it would really be an amazing experience as i am a journalist for our local newspaper. I have written 5 or 6 articles, one a story about a family who go back in time, learn a lot of history and find a gold nugget! I would love to learn more history and get up close and personal with some of Sovereign Hills amazing draft horses, so I would love to stay overnight and FOR FREE!!!!


Mumma-Jo June 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Such fond memories I have of Sovereign Hill from when I was a young girl…. How I would love to be able to create and share those memories with my 6 and 10 year old homeschooled kiddies :) The old style clothes and shops, panning for that elusive glimmer of gold, the glorious ‘ye olde lolly shoppe’ and of course, the impromptu theatre in the streets…. Such fun!! Life for our family has been such a struggle this last year (my house-hubby and home-educator husband hospitalised suddenly for months and now unable to continue in this role, my reluctant resignation from my beloved job to stay home and care for my husband and children, house building plans thwarted and thousands of dollars wasted after our bank reneged on financing our home, huge financial difficulties and now an unexpected (but very much wanted) pregnancy resulting in severe “all-day” morning sickness and fatigue)…. A cheap family getaway before the new arrival would be very much appreciated :) thank you for the opportunity :)


Shae June 24, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Congratulations! You are the winner of the competition :) I’ll be in contact to get details


Chizelle June 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I’d love to take my family (and myself to Sovereign Hill).
Having grown up in W.A. I’ve never been there myself but it looks and sounds AMAZING!


Caleb Heinselman June 17, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Seven years ago I proposed to the love of my life, Tracey, at the Christmas lighting festival in Leavenworth Wa,USA in this amazing setting,

I cant help but imagine how special and meaningful it would be for both Tracey and myself to experience Christmas in July with the family we have created.

To stand in the falling snow holding each other close, the same way we did when I asked her to spend the rest of her life with me, but this time with both our children.

For me this lovely experience would be one of those moments I would reflect back to with my final breaths of my life.

I love you Tracey

P.S. Candy and Gold sound good too.


Jackie June 17, 2014 at 9:45 pm

If it’ll be snowing, we could wear our Aldi gear and bring our plastic sleds, because we may not have any other real snow this year. It would be a fantastic way to celebrate Christmas (in July) just like when I was a child. We could have hot chocolate and peppermint sticks and play in the snow. And my husband could wear his Santa suit and he could say hello to Father Christmas. It would be like a dream come true, for all of us!


Peter Clements June 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm

We’ve never been to Sovereign Hill but this year we plan to go,
The kids are set on the outdoor meal with the Sovereign light and firework show!


Michelle June 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

I’d definitely catch gold fever at Sovereign Hill, so here is my ditty about what I’d most look forward to.

Iโ€™m a mummy who loves her bling
So Iโ€™ll take my kids gold panning
No iPads or iPods – just outdoor fun
Finding glitter for their mum!


Dreamliving June 17, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Oh my gosh! When i saw the adds for this it had me at hello!
I have always dreamed of having christmas in the north hemisphere…you know…where all those traditions actually make sence! I would look forward to getting all dressed up in my oriental blue, victorian costume (i picked up at an op shop about five years ago for just an occasion) and embrace all things period! I wouldn’t be able to help myself, i’m sure, we would dip candles and eat cake and hear a political speach and trade with the blacksmith and ride horse drawn. What I would simply be most looking forward to is being part of the scenery of another world…at least the same world in another time, in a christmas winter wonderland for just one day!


Kate Dvornik June 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

I’d love to go panning for gold and experience a mine tour but the thing I loved most when I was a kid and would love to relive (with my own kids)….is going to the old school house and writing with the nib and ink!


Sharon Fawcett June 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Our daughter went to school camp there last year and brought home these amazing Raspberry Drop lollies, so if we win my first stop will be the lolly shop to restock as they didn’t last very long.


Kirsten W June 18, 2014 at 10:11 pm

I would show my 3 year old son that there are mores things to mine than just the boogers he mines for in his nose!


nicole June 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

I think our children would definately love the gold panning, and the old school writing with the ink. I know that’s what I enjoyed most as a child. It would certainly be a memorable experience. They also learnt about “the olden days” at school last year, so it would really give them an insight.


Ermelinda Porter June 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

Hi Shae. My children have been to Sovereign Hill, but I haven’t. They loved going there and often say “it’s the best school excursion we have been on”! They keep on telling me that I would love it and that they want to go back there again and that we should go as a family (I think the Raspberry Drops is a big incentive for them)! I most look forward to seeing the characters dressed up and to taking awesome photos (I love photography). I also look forward to rummaging through “lost properties” if there is one, to see if I can find the beautiful new jumper my daughter left behind when she was there. Kids!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter :-)


Lauren Pratt June 19, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Your never too old or young to pan for Gold. Sovereign Hill has always been a popular place for Tassie kids.


Belinda June 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm

I fess up… it’s the pies! you mentioned pies and that was the clincher for me! BUT for my 2 kids who constantly whinge that they are bored (despite having internet, Xbox, civilization for a small example!)…visiting Sovereign Hill would be a real eye opener for them to see just how good they’ve got it! kids back then had marbles, bowling, skipping rope and that’s about it! Lessons aside I know they would love the gold panning, even finding a speck of gold would make them declare themselves rich and I’d love the chance of a great family bonding experience :)


Robert June 20, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I’d love my kids to experience Christmas in July after reading your article. They have never been to the snow and this would be the closest thing to it. Christmas is such a great time of the year, it’s worth celebrating twice, especially in a Sovereign Hill setting evoking a magical and old world charm!


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