Sovereign Hill- Luna New Year Celebration
Sovereign Hill, in Ballarat, is hosting some fabulous events to celebrate the Lunar New Year Celebrations with lots of fun activities for families.
Luna New Year 2023
2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. In Chinese tradition, the sign of the rabbit represents longevity, harmony, and wealth. The year 2023 is expected to be one of hope. Ox, Tiger, and Snake are the Chinese zodiac signs that will be most fortunate in 2023.
If you have a baby being born this year, then these little “Rabbits” are thought to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.
Sovereign Hill, Luna New Year
Sovereign Hill in Ballarat is a great place to visit for a day trip all year round. But when they have special events on it’s even better. In the Winter time they host the Winter Wonderlights.
During the Summer they have the Summer Series and host some fabulous events to celebrate the Lunar New Year Celebrations!
The Dragon and Lion Parades are a highlight of the day. The Chinese dragon and lion dance up Main Street to welcome the New Year.
Enjoy an Asian banquet feast with chicken skewers, dumplings, spring rolls and dipping sauces in the New York Bakery. Or perhaps you’re a fan of chicken and Pork Bao Buns?
There are also some “rabbit droppings” (chocolate-coated sultanas) available to fit into the Year of the Rabbit theme. Who could forget about the Rabbit Stew Pie that’s also available – or even the Lunar New Year Cocktail that’s available from the United States Hotel?
There’s more than just food available to celebrate the Lunar New Year; face painting, arts and crafts, a wishing tree and parades are all part of the fun at Sovereign Hill this weekend.
In the Peking Opera (a dominant form of Chinese opera), traditional face painting is crucial; it serves as a way of designating characters.
There’s an opportunity for kids to learn their Chinese Zodiac- a historic categorisation system based on the Chinese calendar, the Chinese zodiac gives an animal and its supposed characteristics to each year in a revolving twelve-year cycle.
Once they know their animal, kids can make a lucky money envelope based on their animal as part of a craft activity. They will even be given a chocolate coin to put in there in the hope of “good luck” for the year.
Kids will love this included extra as they get to decide on their character for the day. Three beautiful blossom trees overlook the lake, providing an opportunity for people to write their wishes, hopes and ambitions for the coming year on a note to hang up.
Not only are all these wonderful activities happening in recognition of the New Lunar Year, but all your old favourites are still part of your entry ticket.
You can’t forget about the gold panning, candle stick-making demonstrations, bowling, performances and lolly shop demonstrations.
And no trip is complete without some old-fashioned Raspberry Drops!
Tips for Visiting Sovereign Hill to Celebrate Luna New Year
- Get there early so you can get the most out of your day! There’s plenty to see and do- you don’t want to miss out on anything.
- Food and drinks are available to purchase from multiple stores.
- Pre-book the photography session prior as this does book out quickly.
- Make sure you bring good walking shoes as you will do a few steps.
Bradshaw St, Golden Point
26th-29th January 2023
Website for more info
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