‘Tis season to celebrate local

Take a tour

Be a tour guide for visiting family and friends and show them why Geelong and The Bellarine were

worth the wait. Our region has so many great experiences on offer, so book in some time together to eat, drink and see the sights.

If you’re stuck for ideas, drop by Visit Geelong & The Bellarine for a great list of things to do in the region.

Let us entertain you

Head out with a friend and enjoy some of the free entertainment as part of the It’s Our Backyard

initiative. Delivered with funding support from the Victorian Government, there are 23 different performers to see throughout the region during December.

For details, visit the entertainment program page.

Locally wrapped

Haven’t crossed everyone off on your Christmas list? Don’t take the risk with postage delays. Head to your local gift store, gallery or artist to pick up a unique treat that your special someone will love. Not only will it make them happy, but you’ll also be putting a smile on the face of a local small business owner.

Or take a look at CODE Souvenir Geelong for a catalogue of beautiful gifts and keepsakes designed exclusively in Geelong, and that celebrate our designation as Australia’s only UNESCO City of Design.

Plate up

If you’re planning a feast for your Christmas or New Year celebrations, track down the many local food purveyors, butchers, bakeries and grocers who can help you tick off your grocery list. You may even want to save some time and pick up something pre-prepared, and undoubtedly delicious, at a café or restaurant.

For those that can, supporting businesses in our backyard helps local people, industries and the region’s economy. Every purchase, big or small, makes a difference, so let’s think, shop, support and celebrate local first.

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