The Floating Christmas Tree
The idea of a floating Christmas tree was mocked when it was first proposed. It has since become one of the central focuses of Christmas in Geelong. Every November, thousands flock to the waterfront for the official lighting of the Christmas tree. This event is a brilliant photographic opportunity in itself.
The opportunities still await once the buzz has died down. You can photograph the tree in different weather conditions, such as the beginnings of a rainbow that you can see above. You can frame it against other key features of the Waterfront. It is especially interesting to photograph at both sunrise and sunset.
Central Geelong Christmas Trail
Each year, Central Geelong marketing promote a Christmas Trail. Some of the publicized attractions are events that I’ve already mentioned, such as the floating Christmas Tree. There are other smaller ones though that take advantage of unused storefronts.
Be aware that a number of these attractions are targeted at children and you should respect their privacy when doing street photography.
Little Malop Street Mall
Each year, small wooden Christmas trees are decorated by students from local schools. These are then displayed in the Little Malop Street mall.
It can be fun to try and photograph them using different angles.
Creative Geelong Makers Hub
The Christmas decorations here are minor when compared to other CBD displays. However, the Creative Geelong team work hard to make the area look friendly and inviting. It makes for an interesting contrast against the brutalist architecture.
The Catenary Star sits at the intersection of Moorabool and Malop Streets. By itself, the lighting display isn’t much. It can be a useful location if you combine it with long exposure photography.
Magic Meter Elves
Each year, the magic meter elves help spread the Christmas cheer in the CBD by offering either a contribution to parking, lollies or a fresh fruit voucher. They can be fun to photograph, especially at events.