Christmas in Geelong opening night performers announced

Prepare for an entertaining evening as the renowned singing sensation, Stellar Perry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), takes center stage for our Christmas in Geelong 2023 program, a free community Opening Night celebration event on Saturday 11 November 2023.

We’ve got a lineup that’s bound to jingle your bells! Kim Cooper, Denis Walter, Zoe Walter and Thomas Currie (Piano Bar Geelong), will serenade you with timeless Christmas classics.

Geelong Schools Big Band, featuring students from across the region, will kick-off the night.

The festivities commence at 5:30 pm with roving entertainment at Steampacket Quay. The live stage show starts at 7:00pm.

A variety of food trucks will be on site, or alternatively you can visit your favourite local restaurant along Eastern Beach Road.

At 9:00pm, one lucky young Geelong child will have the opportunity to join Santa in ‘flicking the switch’, igniting our iconic Floating Christmas Tree and a pyrotechnic display that will leave everyone in awe.For the first time ever our Christmas in Geelong Opening Night show will be livestreamed. For more details visit:

Bay FM will be doing an outdoor broadcast between 5:00pm and 7:00pm.

Floating Christmas Tree Sound and Light Show information

Following opening night, the six-minute Floating Christmas Tree Sound and Light Show will be staged each night from 8.30pm until midnight, running every 15 minutes.

Family-friendly shows will be staged on Saturdays in December commencing at 5:30pm, to give families and those not wanting to be out after dark the opportunity to enjoy the show at an earlier timeslot.

The light show on the tree will be changed three times, running from 11 November to 1 December 2023, 2 December to 25 December and 26 December 2023 to 7 January 2024.

The tree will be in operation until 7 January 2024and will also feature in the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

More than 297,000 attended last year’s Christmas in Geelong program and there was an economic output of $15,745,874 for our region.

Find the complete 2023 Christmas in Geelong Program on our website Christmas page and watch out for the printed program arriving in mailboxes.

Keep up-to-date with all things Christmas in Geelong by signing up to our Christmas in Geelong database. Make sure to follow Events Geelong socials and tag your Christmas pics #geelongchristmas

Special thanks to our Floating Christmas Tree sponsors, GeelongPort. The team at GeelongPort provides safe storage and assembly space every year. As you can imagine the space required is rather large and the assistance of Geelong Port is essential.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

It’s a wonderful time of the year, and our Opening Night celebration is when the magic begins.

The lighting of our iconic tree is highly anticipated and attracts a huge crowd.

I really love seeing the community gather to celebrate the season of joy.

Stella Perry

I’m honoured to be a part of the Christmas in Geelong launch 2023.

We all deserve to let joy in at any opportunity, so, bring your dogs, cats, kids and mates and join us in singing Christmas carols to ignite the festive spirit as we light up the ICONIC Floating Christmas Tree Sound and Light Show – let’s kick off Christmas RIGHT, G-town stylez….matching ironic Xmas clothing optional but very much encouraged.

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