The Christmas in Geelong program this December is the City’s biggest ever, with new and exciting activities and events on offer in addition to everyone’s favourites.
This year, we’re introducing early evening Sound and Light Shows on Geelong’s famous 25-metre tall Floating Christmas Tree for young families and those not wanting to be out after dark.
These free shows will run every Saturday from 5.30-8.30pm from 3 December to 24 December at Steampacket Quay.
Our first early show coincides with Denis Walter Carols By The Bay this Saturday, which is proudly supported by the City.
Denis will be joined by Santa, entertainer Rhonda Burchmore and other special guests along Eastern Beach Reserve for a night that is set to delight community members of all ages.
Families watching the early Sound and Light Shows on 10 and 17 December can also enjoy our special Christmas Nights at The Carousel experience.
In addition to having a ride on the merry-go-round, there will be ice cream and coffee trucks, face painting and craft sessions from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Community members heading to the 58th Carols by Candlelight Geelong at Johnstone Park on 24 December can also fit in an early Sound and Light Show prior to the Christmas Eve tradition.
The City’s nightly Sound and Light Shows on our iconic Floating Christmas Tree continue each night from 8:30pm until midnight, running every 15 minutes.
Christmas in Geelong Program – other activities
The City is offering a number of brand-new Christmas in Geelong activities which will appeal to a broader range of people, including:
- Santa Pet Photos
- Christmas by the Pool
- Christmas at Balyang Par 3
- Santa Morning Teas at The Carousel
- Christmas Nature Play
- Santa’s Craft Workshop
And these events are supported by a number of local businesses:
- Festival of Lights at Adventure Park
- Christmas Day Morning Yoga
- Christmas masterclasses
- Christmas themed painting classes
- Christmas Queens
- Christmas Markets
The City estimates that its Christmas in Geelong program will provide our region’s economy with a $20 million lift by creating jobs, encouraging visitors to spend more time in shopping precincts and generating income for small businesses.
Community members who tag their photos on social media with #GeelongChristmas go into the running to win a $50 Westfield Gift Card.
Mayor Trent Sullivan
There is something on offer for everyone in this year’s Christmas in Geelong program.
Our new early evening Sound and Light Show at the Floating Christmas Tree are an exciting inclusion to our program that will appeal to families and those who prefer an early night.
I encourage community members to check out the program as there are so many opportunities to have fun, get active, learn a new skill and meet new people.
Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken
Geelong is buzzing during Christmas as there are so many things to do and see to get into the festive spirit.
Council’s Christmas in Geelong program is our best yet, with new activities for adults, initiatives for kids and masterclasses for all ages.
We also have a number of favourite events and activities returning, such as the Giant Selfie Trail, School Christmas Tree program, Santa Letters and City Hall Projections, which are worth getting involved in. Start your Christmas early in Geelong and enjoy.