Floating Christmas Tree

Our amazing Floating Christmas Tree is back with exciting light and music shows every half hour from 8.30pm until midnight every evening. Each show’s duration is eight minutes.

Three different light and music shows will feature while the tree is on Corio Bay. Be sure to come back to enjoy the variety and magic:

  • Show 1: 13 November – 3 December
  • Show 2: 4 December – 25 December
  • Show 3: 26 December – 7 January

Free parking is available at Busport (Brougham Street), Civic Centre (opposite City Hall) and Haymarket (Myers Street) car parks from 6pm -11pm every Friday and Saturday night until Christmas.


Light Up Geelong: 11-12 November 2016
Thursday, 6 October 2016

Light Up Geelong: 11-12 November 2016

Schools decorate CBD Christmas trees
Thursday, 26 November 2015

Schools decorate CBD Christmas trees

The Christmas tree construction video
Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Christmas tree construction video

Upcoming Christmas events

Christmas In Geelong 2016

Christmas In Geelong 2016

Daily from 11 November 2016 to 09 January 2017

Lara Christmas Market

Lara Christmas Market

26 November 2016

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

26 November 2016

Christmas in the Woolshed presents: Captain Santa Beard

Christmas in the Woolshed presents: Captain Santa Beard

Various dates from 28 November 2016 to 22 December 2016

Movies at Steampacket Gardens

Movies at Steampacket Gardens

Various dates from 2 December 2016 to 16 December 2016

12 Days of Christmas Demonstration Market

12 Days of Christmas Demonstration Market

Daily from 16 December 2016 to 23 December 2016

Highton Carols in the Park

Highton Carols in the Park

18 December 2016

Personalised email from Santa

Can't make it to the Carousel or new Geelong library by 17 Dec? Get a personalised email from Santa.

Central Geelong Christmas Trail

The Christmas Trail is your guide to what's happening around the city. We've got Myer Christmas windows, a giant snow globe, Christmas projections and heaps more.

1 Floating Christmas Tree and Light Show (day and evening)
From Nov 13
The largest floating outdoor tree in Australia will shimmer and glitter with a light and music show on Corio Bay every half hour from 8.30pm.

2 Free personalised Santa Letters (day and evening)
From Nov 13
Post your letter to Santa in the North Pole letter box located in The Carousel to receive a letter back from Santa. Mail must be received by 17 DEC. (Post box also at The Geelong Library from late NOV).

3 Morning Teas with Santa (day)
Dec 1,3,5,8,10,12,15,17,18,19,21,22 and 23. 9.30am to 10.15am
Delight your children this Christmas with a morning tea with Santa at The Carousel. Children can meet Santa and the Magic Meter Elves, enjoy a free morning tea and a ride on The Carousel. Free activity with limited places.
Bookings essential. Book online from 26 November at 12pm.

4 Christmas at The Carousel (day and evening)
From Nov 13
Enjoy extended evening hours, festive lighting, roaming Santa and floating Christmas tree photo points. Purchase glow merchandise from The Carousel.

5 Just Brass (evening)
Wed-Sat From Dec 3 - 7pm to 8pm
Performances by Just Brass – the Salvation Army’s community brass band featuring primary and secondary school students.

6 Illuminated Stars (evening)
From Nov 13
Five giant stars light up The Carousel precinct.

7 Family Christmas Movies (evening)
Dec 4,11,18 - 7pm
Family Christmas movies on Steampacket Gardens. BYO chairs and blankets.
4 Dec – Home Alone
11 Dec – Rise of the Guardians
18 Dec – Miracle on 34th Street (1994) from 5.30pm with The Mik Maks, market stalls and face painting.

8 Waterfront Activities (day and evening)
From Nov 13
The Waterfront precinct will come alive with activities for the whole family. From a ride on The Carousel or train to a boat ride or helicopter flight for those looking for adventure.

9 Christmas Waterfront Geelong Makers & Growers Market (day)
Dec 6 10am-3pm
Featuring local produce, gourmet treats, art and hand crafts from regional makers and growers.

10 Ferris Wheel (day and evening)
From Nov 14
Hop on the largest travelling ferris wheel in the Southern Hemisphere for a great view of the Floating Christmas Tree. When darkness comes, the wheel comes alive with over 24 amazing light patterns illuminating the night sky.

11 Cargo Box Light Display (evening)
From Nov 13
These bronze and glass boxes represent the 200 year history of cargo shipped through Corio Bay via the Port of Geelong.

12 Blizzard Lights (evening)
From Nov 13
Enjoy the magic of the lights dripping from the trees at Customs Park.

13 Catenary Lighting (evening)
From Nov 13
Geelong’s first Christmas catenary lighting display celebrates with traditional Christmas coloured lights.

14 Santa Photos at Westfield (day)
See in centre or Westfield for Santa photo dates, times and prices.

15 Myer Christmas Windows (day)
From Nov 6
Children – young and old – will be delighted by the Myer Geelong Christmas Windows. This year, the windows feature the popular children’s Christmas story by Rob Scotton titled ‘Russell’s Christmas Magic’. Enjoy ‘Russell’s Christmas Magic’ activities in store at Myer and at Westfield Geelong. Presented by Myer, Westfield Geelong, Central Geelong Marketing and City of Greater Geelong.

16 Elf Activity @ Bank of Melbourne (day)
From Nov 30
Enjoy Magic Meter Elf themed activities including craft and photo fun. The Central Geelong Magic Meter Elves are presented by Central Geelong Marketing and proudly supported by the Bank of Melbourne.

17 Santa Photos at Market Square (day)
See in centre or Market Square Geelong for Santa photo dates, times and prices. Also 3D gift photo points and Mrs Clause Dec 4.

18 School Christmas Trees (day and evening)
From Nov 26
30 local schools have Decorated Christmas trees. Come and see their colourful creations lining Lt Malop Street.

19 Food Truck Friday, Christmas edition (day)
Dec 4 - 11.30am to 2.30pm
Enjoy a Food Truck Friday feast set amongst Christmas trees, music and activities in Little Malop Central.

20 Santa’s Reindeer Training Academys (day and evening)

From Nov 30 to Dec 24
Mon to Sat 10am to 2pm / Fri & Sat 4pm to 8pm
Help get Santa’s reindeer ready for Christmas Eve. Take a ride on one of Santa’s reindeer in our winter wonderland. Enjoy snowfalls on the half hour during opening hours. Free activity. Presented by Central Geelong Marketing.

21 Giant Snow Globe & Magic Meter Elf Base (day and evening)
From Nov 30 to Dec 24
Mon to Sat 10am to 2pm / Fri & Sat 4pm to 8pm
Get your family and friends together for a picture inside our giant snow globe. The enormous snow globe features a unique Geelong backdrop and will be a great way to remember Christmas 2015. Free activity. Central Geelong’s Magic Meter Elves spread Christmas cheer every December and will use the snow globe as their base. Presented by Central Geelong Marketing.

22 Christmas Projections (evening)
From Nov 20
City Hall will be illuminated with a dynamic animated Christmas projection program. Come and be transported into an amazing creative world of light and colour from 8.30pm until midnight each night.

23 Angel Craft (day and evening)

From Dec 3 Thurs - Sat
Thurs 10am - 2pm
Fri 3pm-7pm Sat 10am-2pm
Dec 21-23 Mon-Wed 10am-2pm
Help decorate giant angels and enjoy take home angel craft. Lit at night as part of ‘Light Up Central Geelong’. Free activity. A Combined Geelong Ministers Initiative supported by Central Geelong Marketing.

24 Russell the Sheep Storytelling & Activities (day)
From Nov 30
Storytelling 10.30am Monday to Saturday – look out for special guest storytellers. Enjoy Russell the Sheep activities - daily.

25 Free personalised Santa Letters (day)
From Nov 23
Post your letter to Santa in the North Pole letter box located in the Geelong Library to receive a letter back from Santa. Mail must be received by 17 Dec. (Post box also at The Carousel).

26 Christmas Tree (day and evening)
From Nov 13
A six metre tree adds Christmas cheer to the corner of Malop and Gheringhap Streets.

27 Giant Christmas Stickers (day)
From Nov 13
Take a fun photo with our large scale interactive Christmas stickers. Various locations.

28 Nativity Scene (day and evening)
From Nov 21
See a traditional Christmas nativity scene at the Customer Service Centre at 100 Brougham St, Geelong

A message from the Mayor

This Christmas will be a big party!

The famous Myer Christmas windows are back in Geelong - what a huge attraction for families across the region.

The Iconic Floating Christmas Tree is being decked out and will get more spectacular than last year!

Our Christmas Trail will make this the best Christmas ever for residents and visitors.

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

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