Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - SHANE FOWLES

THE switch was flicked on Gee­long’s fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions last night.

The water­front was lit up for the daz­zling launch of the float­ing Christ­mas tree, be­fore rolling pro­jec­tions brought bright colour and move­ment to City Hall.

Thou­sands of peo­ple flocked to Corio Quay to see the 25m-tall tree’s fea­ture light­ing turned on, which was ac­cen­tu­ated by a fire­works dis­play.

A merry band of rov­ing per­form­ers, in­clud­ing The Ka­zoos, The Itchy Feet band, the cast of Med­im­ime’s Aladdin, Gee­long’s Best Kid Busk- er win­ner Tim Mead­ows and Pi­ano Bar’s Andy Pob­joy, kept the crowd en­ter­tained.

“The light­ing of the float­ing tree is a spe­cial event for many lo­cal fam­i­lies and a great way to mark the start of the fes­tive sea­son,” Gee­long Mayor Bruce Har­wood said.

The rev­elry con­tin­ues to­day, with more than 10,000 peo­ple ex­pected to take to the city’s streets for the 102nd an­nual Gala Pa­rade.

As a pre­lude, the Myer Christ­mas win­dows will be un­veiled at 5pm. The Gala Pa­rade be­gins at Eastern Park on Malop St at 7.30pm and winds through the city.


FES­TIVE FUN: Gee­long’s water­front was lit up last night with the Christ­mas tree lights switched on, much to the de­light of on­look­ers. Among those en­joy­ing the night were (from top) Britt Hark­ness and Cooper, 5; Glenn and Karen Wake­l­ing with Se­lena, 9, and James, 8; Steele and Lisa Ir­ish with Caleb, 8, Eloise, 6, and Lucas, 3; Ilaria Carini with Leonardo, nine months, and Dan Beard with Is­abel, 5.

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