GEELONG’S XMAS TREE LIGHTS UP
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.