Find some winter magic across Victoria

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Embrace winter and find some hidden gems across our suburbs and regions with art, light and music taking centre stage to deliver good times.

From hitting the ski slopes, to attending night festivals or wrapping yourself up in a blanket with a warm cuppa in hand, there’s activities for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s a shortlist of events and activities happening to make winter a bit more magical this year.

Firefly Night Market

SPerson on a stage wearing a glitter red and black and white checked bodysuit and LED glasses with a rainbow glowing hula hoop in the backgroundoak up the atmosphere of bustling market stalls, live music, cultural performances, and interactive art at the Firefly Market. With hypnotic LED shows, a fire performance, dances and more than 70 market stalls offering delectable food and hot, comforting drinks, there's something for everyone.

The Firefly Night Market will be held on Saturday 24 June 2023, from 3pm to 9pm at the Penrose Promenade Park in Tarneit.

For more information, visit: Firefly Night Market.

Belgrave Lantern Festival

A large cockatoo lantern puppet, lit from inside, is carried on sticks in a crowd through a dark nightAdmire hundreds of show-stopping lanterns that will be paraded for the Belgrave Lantern Festival. This year, creative ‘pop-up’ areas in streets and alleyways will feature art and music, as well as food trucks and an artisan market to guarantee a fun-filled evening.

The Belgrave Lantern Festival will be held on Saturday 24 June 2023, from 5pm.

For updates, visit the Belgrave Lanterns Facebook page.

East Gippsland Winter Festival

With a focus on food, music, art and culture, the East Gippsland Winter Festival offers a wide range of entertainment for all ages.

Running until 9 July, the festival includes live music in unexpected places, wellness experiences and a rail-trail ride with food.

For more information, visit: East Gippsland Winter Festival.

Sovereign Hill Winter

View down the street at Sovereign Hill with people watching horses drawing a card on a gravel roadTake a stroll down Sovereign Hill’s streetscape and experience Christmas in July.

Winter Wonderlights features theatre shows, Christmas-themed arts and crafts, anda dazzling light show taking place at night.

Winter Wonderlights will run from 24 June to 16 July.

For more information, visit: Winter Wonderlights 2023.

Victoria snow season

View of a snowy mountain and a skier going down the slopes, with trees and houses in the backgroundEnjoy the snow across regional Victoria in resorts including Lake Mountain, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Falls Creek, Mt Baw Baw and Mt Hotham.

Whether it’s for a ski trip, road trip, or sled dog tour, Victoria’s alpine region is in season from June.