The Elf Academy - Central Deborah Gold Mine

The Elf Academy

BREAKING NEWS! Santa to officially open Elf Academy at Central Deborah Gold Mine
After visiting Bendigo each December to have their sleigh serviced by the expert Bendigo Tramways workshop team, Mr and Mrs Claus have identified Bendigo as the ideal location for their new Elf Academy, a training facility especially for Santa’s little helpers.

The surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine will be transformed into an enchanted land where glitter, gold and candy canes are the norm.

Through a series of different craft activities, games and challenges children will discover all of the skills required to be a qualified Elf. 

Recruits will learn how to care for reindeer and other farm animals in Santa’s stables, paint a plaster ornament worthy of hanging on any tree, create their own wrapping paper, hunt for candy canes, prepare reindeer food, test their stealth skills, practice stacking presents as high as the clouds, and most importantly, prepare Santa for his around the world trip. 

Cheekiness, laughter and rainbow treats are all part of the magic, and if we’re lucky, a visit from Mr Claus himself! 

With so many new skills, recruits will gain their Certificate IV in Elf Training and be welcomed into Santa’s renowned team.

To capture the important milestone, professional Santa photography will also be available. 

You’ve found Santa’s secret hiding location on board the Santa Tram, now it’s time to discover the magic that unfolds behind closed doors!


Cheeky elves

Please note:
  • Dont forget to bring your camera, you'll want to remember this adventure!
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Central Deborah Gold Mine is a non-smoking venue.
  • Santa Tram will not be operating this year. 
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11 - 23 December 2020 
Recommended for children aged 2-10 years. Visitors aged 15 years and below must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age.
2 hours
9:00am - 11:00am, 11:30am- 1:30pm, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
Sensitive Elf Academy:
Tailored especially to Santa's little helpers who prefer a relaxed sensory-friendly environment. Thursday 17 December, 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
Surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine (does not include underground access)
$20.00 per person (includes adults and children aged 2+ years of age), $80 per family of up to six people, Infants (0-1 years) free of charge. A ticket is required for everyone attending The Elf Academy.
All activites and games are included. Professional Santa photography additional.