I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
When I finished work at 6.00pm, I thought I would head to Geelong city and take some photos of the Floating Christmas Tree. I parked a fair way from the Waterfront and walked down to the Waterfront. My feet are sore now as I did a lot of walking.
I parked up the top of Yarra Street and walked down to the Waterfront. I took a few photos of the Floating Christmas Tree. I discovered that the lights on the tree don't start until 8.30, so I decided to fill in some time taking other photographs.
Even without being lit up, it is a very pretty tree. It is a shimmering white tree, and it's huge. You can see it from halfway up Moorabool Street I haven't headed all the way up Moorabool Street to see if it's visible from the top of Moorabool Street; next trip into town I will do that.
I found a few of the Stars on the footpaths, for the Central Geelong Christmas Trail, I went to the Myer windows and took a few photos, I walked over to the City Hall, and the light projection show hadn't started. Then I headed back to my car, and moved my car to Brougham Street. I sat in my car for a while, with the radio on, charging my phone up. The battery was getting low.
Just after 8.30pm I locked my car and headed back down to the Waterfront. The Floating Christmas Tree was lighting up the bay and was showing its full glory. It looked amazing. I snapped a few photos of it as I headed towards it. And then took more shots as I got closer. It really does look pretty as the stars on the tree change colours. There is a sequence of colour changing.
Some Floating Christmas Tree facts. There are 11,000 kinetic disks on the facade of the tree. The tree is 25 metres high and weighs just under 15 tonnes. The star at the top of the tree is 4 metres wide. There are over 70 special effect lights and over 600 metres of LED strip lighting that illuminate the tree each night.
Shows run every half hour from 8.30pm until midnight. The show duration is eight minutes. This is the lighting sequence I spoke about above. There are three different lighting shows. Show one is from the 13th November to the 3rd December. Show two is from the 4th December to the 24th December. Show three is the 25th December to the 7th January.
You can park for free at the Busport car park in Brougham Street, in the Civic Centre car park (opposite City Hall), and in Haymarket car park in Myers Street. Free parking is available from 6.00pm to 11.00pm every Friday and Saturday night until Christmas.
I hope you can get to Geelong Waterfront to see this lovely tree lighting up the Corio Bay. When I left the Floating Christmas Tree lighting show I drove up Moorabool Street. When I stopped for the traffic lights at Moorabool Street I reflected on how pretty Geelong looks at Christmas. In my rear view mirror I could see the Floating Christmas Tree lights. In front of me, on the corner of Moorabool Street and Malop Street, the huge fluorescent lights strung across the intersection were changing colours. Well done Geelong, you look amazing!