Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

14 Jul 2015

My hometown has an open air museum called Sovereign Hill. They have started a wonderful new event each winter where they take advantage of the short days and cold weather, and light up all the buildings with wonderful animated christmas lights. Until dusk, the usual fronts of the buildings are projected onto them, making the buildings glow in the gathering dusk. When darkness settles, and you have cinnamon fritters and mulled wine in hand, they set off the fake snow machines and the lights on the buildings come to life.

We arrived just before sunset and took the time to stroll through the streets, decorated with winter christmas decorations. It's quite a novelty to experience Christmas stuff when the weather is cold and you have to be merry in order to keep warm. At the end of the year they have a busy Christmas shopping night for locals, and there are very Australian decorations around, cold drinks and the smell of gum leaves, dirt and heat.

I can't wait to go again next year!

- L

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