Christmas tree light up kicks off Summer in the Parks program

The City of Greater Bendigo’s annual Summer in the Parks program will begin with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rosalind Park on Friday December 3.

The City and Fosterville Gold  Mine presents the 2021/2022 Summer in the Parks program featuring a popular range of entertaining free events during December, January and February. 

Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Piazza in Rosalind Park was an exciting countdown to Christmas and the start of the hugely popular Summer in the Parks program.

“The traditional lighting of the tree marks the start of the festive season,” Cr Metcalf said.

“The tree will be lit at approximately 8.45pm and there will be entertainment for children beforehand starting from 6.30pm onwards, including roving Christmas characters, entertainers from Connected Circus, music and Christmas carols with singer Ryan Gay."

Closer to Christmas the program sees the return of the traditional Rotary Club of Bendigo Community Christmas Carols in Rosalind Park on Sunday December 19 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

"To date, this the only Christmas Carols taking place in the Summer in the Parks program which will be open to everyone.

"Following recent announcements by the Victorian Government and changes to event restrictions, those attending the carols will not need to be vaccinated, however they will be encouraged to QR code check-in via the Services Victoria app. In accordance with COVID-safe event guidelines, all performers and events staff will be fully vaccinated.

“After a challenging time for our community due to the pandemic, I am also  delighted to announce the community will also be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve with our traditional fireworks.

“For the first time the event will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Oval with spectacular firework displays lighting up the sky at 9.15pm and midnight from the poppet head.

“Please make sure your animals and pets are secure and kept safe during the New Year celebrations.

“There’s plenty more fun in January and February with Summer in the Parks program presenting a wide range of live music events and classic movie nights under the stars.

“It’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy free entertainment in our beautiful parks, support our local hospitality and dine out or picnic safely with family and friends.”

Booking is not required to attend any of these events but you are encouraged to check-in using the Service Victoria QR code on arrival.

To keep up to date with the Summer in the Parks program of events, activities, times and dates, please visit


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