Chance for kids to light up Geelong’s Christmas tree

October 20, 2017 by  

The honour of turning on the Christmas tree lights to mark the beginning of the city’s festive season celebrations will be given to a local child.

Geelong City Council is hosting a special colouring-in competition for children under 13 years who will be required to download a copy of a Christmas themed graphic design drawing, colour it in and submit to Council by October 31.

The festive season will be launched soon after with the return to the bay of the floating Christmas tree, which the competition winner will launch by officially flicking the light switch.

To accompany the tree lighting ceremony on November 10, a huge entertainment programme has been organised with on-stage action beginning at 7:00 pm with Mik Maks and continuing through to the big fireworks and lighting show at 9:00 pm.

According to a Council spokesman, the festive atmosphere will then take crowds, led by a marching band, past the lights and Catenary Star at the junction of Malop and Moorabool streets and through to City Hall for a stunning light projection show at 9:30 pm.

A twilight Gala Parade is planned for Malop Street on November 11, which will also include the 5:00 pm Myer Christmas windows unveiling.

The 2017 theme is based on Corinne Fenton’s `Little Dog and the Christmas Wish’, which has become a children’s book classic.

Geelong’s streets will come alive with the twilight Gala parade set to feature glittering lights, floats and costumes.