Update - 9 July 2021

Contributions to this engagement have closed for evaluation and review. Thank you to everyone for your feedback. A report and recommendations will be presented to Council.

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Help us plan our Christmas presence!

We know you're not thinking about Christmas just yet - but we are!

Every year, Geelong becomes a special place at Christmas with experiences and events that bring our community together, spreading the festive spirit.

Headlined by our iconic floating Christmas tree on the Waterfront, the City’s popular Christmas In Geelong program is supported by free family activities across Greater Geelong designed to delight and entertain people of all ages.

We’ve already heard the feedback on our 2020 program. This engagement seeks your views and ideas to help us plan our future Christmas programs. Please share with us what Christmas in our region means to you.

Tell us your thoughts by:

  • taking our short survey, and/or
  • tell us your idea in the 'Idea Board' section below.

If you would prefer to provide feedback about the Christmas program offline, you can call or email us to give your feedback and we'll put it on the online system for you. Contact details are in the "Contact us" section of the page. Alternatively, we can send you a hard copy form of our online tool which we'll also transfer online.


Your feedback

Feedback from the survey will assist us plan our Christmas program in coming years.


IDEA BOARD

If you have an idea for an experience or decoration for Christmas, what would it be?

Please note your username and response will be shown publicly.

9 July, 2021

Cleo says:

I love the idea of fairy lights but can we have them turn off at midnight to reduce light pollution?

9 July, 2021

Navdeep Kaur says:

Decorate the whole city with beautiful lights on trees, on streets, decorate Eastern beach like never before. Lit the city with lights???

8 July, 2021

Aimee says:

Winter Carnival in Steampacket Gardens, light up a strip of houses on the Esplanade. We could close the road one night & walk the street.

7 July, 2021

Mason5 says:

Decorated shop windows competition, visitors pay to vote the best, money goes to charity

6 July, 2021

TJ’s Face Painting says:

What about Christmas face painting at the carousel? Www.tjfacepainting.com.au

4 July, 2021

Louise says:

Encourage the shops and restaurants to celebrate Advent.the 4 Sundays before xmas. Share baked xmas goods and special coffe/choc. Arvo tea

4 July, 2021

Kav says:

Lots of fairy lights on trees especially on beach side and in city too.

3 July, 2021

Dia says:

Lots more lights in main streets and shopping centres as in Europe.

3 July, 2021

Christmasholic says:

We need a real live nativity scene: actors, maybe music but especially animals Could begin with some kind of parade

3 July, 2021

Christmasholic says:

We need a real live nativity scene: actors, maybe music but especially animals Could begin with some kind of parade

3 July, 2021

Ali says:

- Buskers along steampacket (Carousel), Wharf Shed, Yacht Club, Promenade singing Carols - Christmas movie screenings -at outdoor cinema

3 July, 2021

Lisa says:

I love fairy lights. It would be great to see the all the street trees lit up.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2020 FEEDBACK

  • From our 2020 engagement we heard

    • 261,439 people attended the Christmas in Geelong program.
    • An estimated $20.1m in total economic output was created by the program.
    • 95.1% of survey participants were from Geelong.
    • 71% responded yes and 24% no with 5% Unsure when asked if COVID-19 impacted them visiting.
    • The Floating Christmas tree webpage was viewed 9,629 with recordings of the Floating Christmas Tree sound and light show viewed 6,864 times.
  • Importance of the Christmas Program

    Survey results showed:

    • 94.4% of participants indicated the Christmas program is very important or important for Geelong.
    • 86.2% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that when they participated they felt safe and welcome.
    • 83% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that when they participated they felt connected to people in the community.
    • 88.6% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed the vibrancy and activity in Central Geelong during the Christmas program.