Geelong’s Christmas celebrations will
open with a bang as the City hosts a spectacular weekend of free Christmas
attractions to ring in the festive season.
It all starts on Friday 10 November,
when Geelong’s floating Christmas tree will return to the bay. One lucky local
child – chosen through a colouring competition - will have the honour of
flicking the switch to officially launch the City’s celebrations.
This year’s tree lighting ceremony
will feature the biggest entertainment line-up yet, starting at 7.00pm with
performances from the Mik Maks and culminating in a colourful lighting and
fireworks display at 9.00pm.
The festive atmosphere will continue
as a marching band leads the crowd on a short walk past the glow of the
Catenary Star and lights on the corner of Moorabool and Malop St, and on to
City Hall to see the stunning new light projection show starting at 9.30pm,
created by local artist Matt Bonner.
Saturday 11 November will see Malop
Street come alive for the twilight Gala Parade, beginning with the unveiling of
the Myer Christmas windows at 5:00pm. This year’s theme is based on the classic
children’s book Little Dog and the Christmas Wish by Corinne Fenton. For
the first time, Deakin University engineering students will add animatronic
movement to the characters – a partnership fit for our clever and creative
Then later join thousands of people
lining Geelong’s streets for the twilight Gala parade as costumes, LED floats
and glittering lights trace a magical path through Central Geelong.
The Christmas program is a partnership between the
City and Central Geelong Marketing and supported by the GeelongPort, Myer,
Westfield, Deakin University, Hanlon Industries, Total Events and Elstones
Friday 10 November:
7.00pm: Entertainment starts for lighting of Geelong’s
floating Christmas tree.
9.00pm: Tree lights up and fireworks display. Catenary star
9.30pm: City Hall projections start.
Saturday 11 November:
5.00pm: Myer windows unveiling.
7.30pm: Gala parade starts.