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Be Dazzled by Adventure Park Christmas Festival of Lights

Looking for a memorable Christmas experience with the family? Then don't miss out on the brilliant Geelong lights, exhilarating rides and fun activities at this year's Adventure Park's Christmas Festival of Lights.


The Adventure Park Christmas Festival of Lights is running from Friday 18 November 2022 to Sunday 1 January 2023.


Billed Victoria’s largest Christmas Lights Festival, in 2022 the sparkling wonderland features three million shimmering lights and more than 1000 dazzling light installations.

The light display goes all the way around the 16-acre lake in an accessible, pram-friendly 2km walking trail. The dazzling displays span over 50 acres, completely transforming the area into an illuminating and dazzling dreamland.

The event is in its fourth year and in 2022 each session features four hours of Christmas entertainment and activities for the whole family, with new rides and live performances each night.

This year's light display will also include some new displays: an 8 metre mega snowman, the new 3 metre Swan Queen, the towering Nutcracker toy soldiers and more, alongside all your regular favourites like the majestic golden archway, enchanted gardens and North Pole Winter Wonderland. 

To add to the festivities, kids can visit the elves workshop to write and post letters to Santa at the North Pole post office, decorate a souvenir Christmas bauble and get their face painted. 

There is also an opportunity to have professional photos taken with Santa in Santa's Magical Cave.

If Santa photos are a high priority I highly recommend doing this first or early, as the lines get longer as the night goes on. I have the same advice if your kids want to participate in the Christmas craft and face painting activities. 

Every night there will be two live circus acrobatics performances by Jingle & Bells, while the South Barwon Salvation Army Band will be performing Christmas carols on weeknights. 

For thrill-seekers, enjoy the popular spinning Tea Cups ride, Crazy Coaster, Wave Swinger and the unique high-flying Air Balloons ride.

Other rides suitable for little ones include the  Red Baron, ride-on cars, carousel and Ferris Wheel. Again, the lines for each ride get longer as the night goes on, so head to your favourite rides early.

My recommendation is to head to the mini golf, as there are 18 holes to play and no lines to start (though you may have to wait your turn after the team ahead of you). 

Note that the water slides are not open – would be a bit dangerous in the dark!

My recommendation is to ride the Ferris Wheel around 8:00pm (you will need to queue earlier) because the ride can fit the most people on it. If you alight around 8:30pm the light display will be fully visible.

I see plenty of people dragging eskies and food so it seems that you are able to bring in food, unlike many theme parks. There are also several food outlets and vans but the lines seem quite long on our visit in 2021. In 2022 there are promises of more food and beverage options, with lots of fun Christmas-themed options. 

The lights display is visible around sunset and it takes around 30 minutes to see most things in our experience. There are many oooh and aaah moments and plenty of opportunities to fill up your Instagram feed!

Make sure to snap a family photo under the gorgeous glowing Geelong lights so you can remember this year's special Christmas experience!

Christmas Festival of Lights at Adventure Park runs daily from Friday 18 November 2022 to Sunday 1 January 2023 from 6pm-10.30pm (from 6:45pm after Monday 26 December).  

General admission tickets are $39.50 for those over 120cm, $32.50pp for those between 90cm-120m tall and children under 90cm can enter the park for free.

Tickets are expected to sell out (especially on weekends) so it would be best to book your tickets early to avoid missing out.

Adventure Park Christmas Festival of Lights PIN

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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