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 firsttime, Deakin University engineering students will add animatronic movement to the  characters – a partnership fit for our clever and creative city!

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 Geelong, Deakin University, Hanlon Industries, Total Events and Elstones Diving Services.

Entertainment starts for lighting of
Geelong’s floating Christmas tree.

Tree lights up and fireworks display.
Catenary star lights up.

City Hall projections start.

Myer windows unveiling.

Gala parade starts.