Getting festive! Christmas decorations going up across the region

Monday, 2 November 2020

The distant sound of jingle bells is ringing across Greater Geelong.

The City of Greater Geelong is preparing to launch the festive season, with Christmas decorations planned to go up across the region from the start of November.

New activities – such as a region-wide Christmas ‘adventure’ and a special community moment of celebration – will be combined with annual favourites such as the floating Christmas Tree and central Geelong projections.

The Floating Christmas Tree will have a live feed available online, making the spectacular sight accessible to the entire community from the comfort of their own homes. There will also be an online recording of the light and sound show available to watch.

The Central Geelong Christmas Trail is back for 2020, adorning City streets with lighting, baubles and stars, as well as a Christmas-themed Catenary Star, and the ever-popular school Christmas Trees.

Festive projections are planned for City Hall and Shorts Place, in central Geelong. Plus – subject to restrictions – the Christmas Waterfront Makers & Growers Market will be held in Steampacket Gardens.

City of Greater Geelong CEO Martin Cutter said whilst due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions the City would not be hosting any major events, there would still be bundles of Christmas cheer to spread throughout the Greater Geelong community

“As with just about everything in 2020, because of COVID our Christmas celebrations are going to be unlike any other year. Our focus has been on making this Christmas season special and inclusive of everybody in our community,” Mr Cutter said.

“In addition to Christmas favourites to be delivered in a COVID-safe way, this year we are introducing the Greater Geelong Christmas Adventure, inviting community members from all over the municipality to explore the region and get involved in local festivities.”

The Greater Geelong Christmas Adventure will feature decorations and experiences across 24 locations throughout the municipality.

Decorations include Christmas trees, a giant bauble, giant postcards, chalk wall art and even a decorated band rotunda.

Each location will feature a letter that, put together, will spell out a common festive greeting.

Residents who visit each location and figure out the phrase, will be able to enter a draw to win a Christmas hamper of local goodies.

A new community celebration moment is planned for late November, with details set to be announced soon.

“With Christmas just eight weeks away, we are excited to start bringing some festivity to the region,” Mr Cutter said.

“I’m sure many people are looking forward to celebrating with family, friends and their local community, in a year when we’ve perhaps all learnt to appreciate each other more than ever before.”

Page last updated: Monday, 9 November 2020