Mark your calendars now for Saturday 14 December for this year's Geelong Connected Communities Gala Parade and Christmas Markets.

Key Details:

• Geelong Connect Communities Gala Parade Saturday 14th December
• Eastern Park Gardens
• Free Entry
• 5:00pm – 9:00pm Piccadilly Christmas Market - Food trucks, over 40 market stalls and kids activities
• 6:00pm – Santa arrival
• 7:30pm – 8:30pm Geelong Connected Communities Christmas Gala Parade featuring over 40 illuminated Christmas themed floats


Get excited Geelong - the 4-minutes of fireworks that were contracted for the opening night of Christmas in Geelong on 8 Nov will now be used on Sat 14 Dec at 9.15pm.

Hosted by the Barwon Health Foundation, Geelong Connected Communities and long serving Gala Day volunteers, we will be adding a traditional Piccadilly Christmas market at the new location of the Eastern Gardens precinct, based on the feedback and suggestions from the community that they missed the traditional gala day festival, making the Eastern Gardens the perfect location for this larger and more festive family event.

We are excited that 2019 will bring more opportunities for community groups to get involved, with childrens activities, festive arts and crafts, carols will be played throughout the gardens as families await the highly anticipated Santa’s arrival and Christmas parade.

The 103rd Geelong Connected Communities Gala Parade is a free event to celebrate the Geelong’s community spirit and generosity, as a traditional annual fundraiser for the Barwon Health Foundation.

We can’t wait to showcase more than 40 quality Christmas-themed floats and will bring a spectacular experience to the people of Geelong. Already, we have received more than 10 float applications and we encourage the community to submit their application to be part of the 2019 Geelong Connected Communities Christmas Gala Day Parade.

Last year, the Gala Parade brought close to 30,000 people to central Geelong, and we hope to see even more people at larger location of Eastern Gardens this year thanks to the new location, festive theme and Christmas markets.