The Central Deborah Gold Mine will transform into an Elf Academy this festive season.
Coronavirus restrictions mean the traditional Bendigo Tramways Santa Tram will be unable to operate this year but Bendigo Heritage Attractions is hopeful youngsters will be keen to get their Certificate Four in Elf Training.
"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," a Bendigo Heritage Attractions spokesperson said.
"Hoping to find new recruits to join their team, they were particularly inspired by the spirit and joy that radiated from everyone aboard the Santa Tram."
The Elf Academy will see the surface of Central Deborah Gold Mine transformed.
Elf Academy recruits will learn how to care for animals, create artistic masterpieces, test their stealth skills, stack presents and help Santa prepare for his round-the-world trip.
The Elf Academy runs from December 11 to 23 at the Central Deborah Gold Mine. Bookings open on November 10 with tickets $20 per person or $80 for a family of up to six.
Sessions are two hours and start at 9am, 11:30am, 2pm and 4:30pm.