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Experience the Magic: Winter Festivals in Melbourne and Regional Victoria 2024

Families are invited to explore some of the best Winter Festivals in Melbourne and regional Victoria in 2024. This year the RISING Festival offers an exciting lineup of events to enjoy. The Firelight Festival is back at the Docklands, featuring fire installations, live music, and performances. Check out the free Glow Winter Arts Festival for a night of art and illumination and the City of Casey Winter Arts Festival.

The East Gippsland Winter Festival has over 100 events, and the Ballarat Winter Festival celebrates the city’s signature season. With these diverse festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during the chilly months in Victoria.


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Family Fun at RISING FESTIVAL 2024
Image: ILBIJERRI Big Name No Blankets, Photo credit: Brett Boardman

RISING Festival

Experience the vibrant spirit of Melbourne at RISING FESTIVAL 2024, where music, art, and performance collide. With 105+ events featuring 480+ artists, including premieres and new commissions, there’s something for all ages.

Explore the city’s streets and venues alive with installations and performances. Families can enjoy art exhibitions and live shows, including favourites like The Blak Infinite, Big Name, No Blankets, The Rivers Sing, Melbourne Out Loud and more.

Date: 1 – 16 June 2024

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Firelight Festival to Illuminate Docklands with World-First Underground Light Show
Image: Firelight Labyrinth, City of Melbourne

Firelight Festival & Firelight Labyrinth

City of Melbourne’s FREE Firelight Festival will return to light up the New Quay Promenade, Victoria Promenade, and Harbour Esplanade in Docklands. Families can enjoy beautiful light displays and entertainment, along with the debut of the world-first-ticketed underground light show, the Firelight Labyrinth, created by Mandylights.

Firelight Festival
Date: 28 – 30 June 2024
Location: New Quay Promenade, Victoria Promenade, and Harbour Esplanade in Docklands
Price: FREE

Firelight Labyrinth
Date: 28 June – 14 July 2024
Time: allow for 45–60 minutes
Location: Marvel Stadium
Price: $22–$115

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Where to see Winter Lights in Melbourne and regional Victoria
Image: Glow Winter Arts Festival

Glow Winter Arts Festival

Experience a magical evening of art and illumination at the Glow Winter Arts Festival 2024, presented by the City of Stonnington. This free event is perfect for all ages, featuring stunning light displays, immersive art installations, and interactive activities. Let your imagination run wild as you explore the park with your loved ones and create lasting memories.

Date: 18 – 21 July 2024
Location: Central Park, Malvern

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Casey Winter Arts Festival

Casey Winter Arts Festival is back in 2024, with a spotlight on the diverse local arts and cultural communities across the City of Casey. Through interactive experiences, engaging performances, immersive installations, and exciting workshops, the festival blurs the lines between creator and spectator. For school holidays, the program offers dance, songwriting, improv theatre, art, and after-hours exploration of Wilson Botanic Park with Dino Safari. Casey Live and Local micro-festivals will pop up in favourite spots, building a dynamic music scene and celebrating local talent.

Date: 14 June – 14 July 2024

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Winter Festivals in Regional Victoria

Must see Winter Festivals in Melbourne and regional Victoria 2023
Image: East Gippsland Winter festival

East Gippsland Winter Festival

Celebrate the Winter Solstice and Winter School Holidays at the fourth annual East Gippsland Winter Festival, featuring one of the largest winter festival programs in Australia. This event offers something for all ages, making it a perfect winter getaway with family or friends!

Enjoy beautiful handmade lanterns, augmented reality projection art, live music in unexpected places, long lunches and winter feasts in spectacular locations, creative hands-on workshops, wellness experiences overlooking lakes, on-foot adventures, and much more!

Date: 21 June – 21 June 2024

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What's on in Melbourne in the Winter School Holidays 2023
Image: Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

Ballarat Winter Festival

The popular Ballarat Winter Festival returns for an exciting three-week season with an impressive line-up of events for the whole family. Experience the sound, lights, and wintry delights at Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights, enjoy ice skating in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD, and join the keepers at Ballarat Wildlife Park for a talk at the tiger sanctuary while savouring the “Tiger Breakfast Deal” from the café. Create your own badges at TBH Studio with Holly Would, and visit Creswick’s farm to meet their new goats, Billy The Kid and Bridget.

Date: 29 June – 21 July 2024

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We try our best to provide accurate information on kid-friendly events around Victoria but do recommend parents check details directly to confirm dates, times, prices as some details may be subject to change.

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