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Geelong Christmas Extravaganza 2015

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by CassandraJoy (subscribe)
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.
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Reining in Christmas in Geelong
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We have billboards all over Geelong proclaiming that Geelong is the Christmas Capital. I do tend to agree with this statement. There is so much going on in Geelong during the magical Christmas month of December.

I have compiled a list of Christmas events here. If you're living in Geelong or holidaying in Geelong, there is sure to be something for you and your family to do this December.

Some of the events may have already started, however they will be running for most of December. Come to Geelong, get involved in the magic of Christmas in our Mayor Darryn Lyons "Christmas Capital". The headings below are links to more information about the events highlighted below.

Central Geelong Christmas Trail

The City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Darryn Lyons says there are some fantastic new activities to get involved in this year. "I'm happy to announce that for the first time Council is introducing three Christmas themed movie nights at Steampacket Gardens this Christmas" said Mayor Darryn Lyons.

From Geelong's Floating Christmas tree to Christmas entertainment and activities throughout Geelong, the Central Geelong Christmas Trail will lead you and your family from one exciting event to another. I hope you can make it to the city centre to see some wonderful displays.

The Central Geelong Christmas Trail started on the 6th November and runs until the 30th December. Come travel the Central Geelong Christmas Trail in December 2015. The Christmas Trail locations are all within the central part of Geelong. There are flyers outlining all the points of interest. You can pick these up from the City of Greater Geelong service centres.

Giant Christmas Stickers on the Central Geelong Christmas Trail
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Ride the Santa Train with the Bellarine Railway

Held over three weekends, on three consecutive Sundays, you can catch a ride on the Santa Train and have a great day out. Meet Santa and have your child's photo taken with Santa. Join in singing Christmas Carols. The Santa Headboard in front of the locomotive is also a great photo opportunity.

This event is held on Sunday 6th December, Sunday 13th December and Sunday 20th December 2015. The Bellarine Railway is located at Drysdale and Queenscliffe railway stations. The steam service runs between these two stations.

Ride the Santa Train this Christmas
Image credited to The Bellarine Railway

Myer Christmas Windows Geelong

The Myer Geelong Christmas Windows tell the story of Russell the Sheep who comes to Santa's rescue on Christmas eve. The window decorations are based on a story written by author Rob Scotton.

The Myer Geelong Christmas Windows decorations are available for viewing from the 6th November until the 24th December. Hope you get to see them before the window decorations come down. The Myer Christmas windows are located in Malop Street, in Westfield Shopping Centre, opposite Market Square.

Myer Christmas Windows Geelong
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Geelong's 23rd Annual Geelong Toy Run 2015

This year is the 23rd year of the Annual Geelong Toy Run. Motorbikes and riders meet in Geelong at Deakin Waterfront Campus Carpark. They head to Queenscliffe for the finale of this great day out for a great cause. At Queenscliffe there will be a barbecue and a chance for people to walk around and view the motorbikes on display.

The ride is to raise money for local children's charities: Cottage by the Sea, Bethany, The Sanctuary and the Geelong Hospital. Donations of toys, non-perishable food and money can be given to the bike riders at Deakin Waterfront car park or at Queenscliffe, on the foreshore.

The Toy Run will be held on Sunday 13th December, starting at 10.00am and will finish at about 3.00pm at Queenscliffe foreshore.

Carols at Kardinia

There are 3 shows at Kardinia Church this year. The event is held indoors and food and drinks are available. The event is suitable for all ages. You can find Kardinia Church at 1 - 11 Kardinia Drive, Bell Post Hill.

Carols at Kardinia start on Saturday 12th December from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. The 2nd show is Sunday 13th December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The 3rd show is Monday 14th December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

Geelong's Floating Christmas Tree

The Mayor of Geelong, Darryn Lyons, is very proud of our Floating Christmas Tree. Located in Corio Bay, between The Carousel and Cunningham Pier, the Floating Christmas Tree is clearly visible at night as it lights up Corio Bay. The Floating Christmas Tree is at the bottom of Moorabool Street, on Western Beach Road.

The tree starts to light up from 8.30pm until midnight. The light sequence runs for eight minutes, every half an hour. It really is pretty, illuminating, and clever. Music plays as the tree lights up. It is a wonderful Christmas tree, and I love the way the lights on the stars change color as you watch.

Controversially, our Floating Christmas Tree did slip its moorings during strong winds recently. It has been secured and we hope it won't float away again during December.

The Floating Christmas Tree can be viewed from the 13th November 2015 until the 7th January 2016. There was a great lighting up ceremony held when the lights on the tree were turned on this year on 13th November at 9.15pm. From now until the 7th January 2016, the Waterfront will be illuminated from 8.30pm until midnight. There are 3 different light and music shows.

Show 1 - 13th November until 3rd December - Christmas Music.
Show 2 - 4th December until 25th December - Christmas Music
Show 3 - 26th December until 7th January - celebratory / party music.

Floating Christmas Tree, Geelong Waterfront
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Highton Carols in the Park

Highton Community comes together to celebrate Christmas and share in the joy of singing Christmas Carols, on the lawns adjacent to Highton Reserve.

Everybody is welcome. Featured artists this year are talented opera singers, and husband and wife, Cheryl Baker and Peter Coleman-Wright.

Dress your children up as a Christmas character if you like. Parts of the program are aimed at the children.

The lawns are adjacent to the Highton Reserve on Barrabool Road, Highton. The Highton Carols are on 20th December from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. There is plenty of parking available in parking areas off Roslyn Road, Barrabool Road and North Valley Road.

Rick Peacock Christmas Spectacular

Rick Peacock will be performing at the Potato Shed Drysdale on Saturday 19th December at 7.30pm.

Listen as Rick and his guest artists perform Christmas favourites in the style of "Bing Crosby". For further information about events at the Potato Shed click this link.

The Potato Shed is located on Peninsula Drive, Drysdale. Rick Peacock will be performing on Saturday 19th December from 7.30pm.

Rick Peacock at The Potato Shed
Image courtesy of City of Greater Geelong

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, where ever you are, I hope that your Christmas Day is peaceful and wonderful. Thank you for reading my page. Please leave a comment if you like. I do hope that you can get to Geelong to join us in celebrating Christmas Geelong style, with lots of lights, Christmas Carol singing, fun and joy.

Merry Christmas from Geelong and CassandraJoy
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Why? for the joy of Christmas, for the fun of doing lots of family activities together
When: varying times
Phone: 03 5272 5272
Where: From Central Geelong to Highton, from Drysdale to Bell Post Hill
Cost: most events are free
Your Comment
Hello Gayle, our Mayor is a real advocate for Geelong. He has done so much to promote Geelong. He was behind the floating Christmas tree idea and he has been backing all the Christmas ideas during November and December 2015.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1126 days ago
Hats off to Geelong for making such an effort.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1139 days ago
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