Memorable Christmas ahead for Geelong’s youngest residents

Keeping the kids entertained and in a festive mood this December has never been easier with the City of Greater Geelong’s Christmas in Geelong program.

We are hosting a range of craft activities using recycled materials at Santa’s Craft Workshop in Little Malop Street on select days until 22 December 2022. Children can create Santa searcher binoculars, Snowman plate faces, yarn wrapped Reindeer heads and more.

Families are invited to our Christmas Nights at The Carousel, where children can enjoy a ride on The Carousel, ice cream, face painting, entertainment and craft sessions from 5:30pm to 8:30pm on 10 and 17 December 2022.

Children can post a letter to Santa Claus in our special mailboxes at the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre (The Dome), Waurn Ponds Library, Leopold Library and Corio Library, The Carousel and Wurriki Nyal (the City’s new civic precinct at 137-149 Mercer Street, Geelong).

There are 26 locations across the region to choose from when taking the ultimate festive snap as part of our Giant Selfie Trail. Kids can jump into a snow globe, feed Rudolph, become an angel and swim with Santa.

Take the kids to Johnstone Park and Little Malop Central to wander the 30 Christmas trees individually decorated by local primary schools, which are gaining a lot of attention from passers-by.

This year we have early evening Sound and Light Shows at our iconic Floating Christmas Tree every Saturday from 5:30pm until Christmas Eve to accommodate families. Our traditional Sound and Light Shows from 8:30pm continue every night.

Adventure Park in Wallington is holding a Christmas Festival of Lights – Victoria’s largest Christmas lights festival – with three million lights, new rides, live performances and over a thousand dazzling light installations.

Community members are encouraged to share their ideas and views after visiting our Christmas in Geelong activities and experiences.

We want to hear what you think of the program and your favourite thing about Christmas. You could go in the draw to win one of three $100 gift cards.

Mayor Trent Sullivan

Council has expanded the number of activities for children to make Christmas extra special this year, with most of them being free.

It’s well worth checking out Council’s unique Christmas in Geelong program of events and activities that will help our youngest residents feel the magic of Christmas.

We want kids to have a lot of fun and be engaged during the most exciting time of the year, and make entertaining the family a bit easier for local parents.

Councillor Peter Murrihy

Council is offering a range of virtual activities this year, in addition to our in-person initiatives.

We have online shows and tutorials to keep the kids busy if a day at home is in order, such as the Mik Maks Christmas Show, Nature Play tutorials and Granny Lee Music and Storytelling.

There are festive activities and events for all ages in the Christmas in Geelong program, such as Santa Pet Photos, Christmas Masterclasses and Christmas Day Morning Yoga.

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