Frequently Asked Questions

Stay up to date - Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights

What time does the event start?
The event runs from 5pm – 10pm. The Christmas tree lighting and fireworks display will be at approximately 9.15pm.

How much will the festival and activities cost?
It’s free to attend Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights, and there are plenty of free activities. Food, beverages, market items, candies and ride tickets have associated costs.

Frankston’s Skating Wonderland
Frankston’s Skating Wonderland Launching at the festival, the ice-skating rink will be up until Sunday 8 December. $5 per person. Located on the forecourt outside Frankston Library and Youth Services. Please click HERE to get more details

Will there be security at the festival?
Yes. Police and crowd-control professionals will be monitoring the event and taking a zero-tolerance approach to unruly behaviour.

Where are the Information and First aid facilities?
The Festival information and first aid marquee will be located outside the Civic Centre on the corner of Davey and Young Streets. At this location there will also be the South East Water hydration station and an ATM.

Where can I find toilets?
Public toilets will be available along Davey Street, Young Street, Plowman Place and Beauty Park. Permanent facilities will be open within Cube 37, Frankston Arts Centre and Frankston Library. Accessible toilets are available at each of these locations.

Will there be an ATM on site?
Yes. ATM’s are located at the Little Beauty Christmas Market in Beauty Park and Star Festival Dining area near the Civic Centre on the corner of Davey and Young streets.

Can I smoke or consume alcohol at the event?
No. Smoking and alcohol consumption is not permitted within the event site. Police and festival staff will take a zero-tolerance approach.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?
No. Pets are not permitted within the festival site. All pets in areas surrounding the event site should be secured by 9pm in preparation for the fireworks display between 9.15 and 9.30pm.

Are there baby care facilities on site?
Yes. A portable parent pod will be located in Beauty Park opposite the playground. Equipped with a baby change table, comfortable feeding chair and mini kitchenette. There are also change facilities in the Frankston Arts Centre and Frankston Library.  

Will there be food and drinks available?
There are a large range of food and beverage vendors within the Star Festival Dining precinct (Young Street) and the Rudolph’s Children’s Zone (carpark on the corner of Young and Davey Streets).

What is located at Beauty Park?
The Little Beauty Christmas Market will consist of over 70 market stalls and a large screen where you can watch the main stage entertainment and tree lighting ceremony live. The park also offers a great view of the fireworks.

What time will Santa arrive?
In 2019, Santa’s parade will begin at 5.00pm from the corner of Young and High Streets and continue up Young Street to the Entertainment Stage located on the corner of Davey Street.

Where can we meet Santa?
At Santa’s House located in Cube 37 on Davey Street (next to the Frankston Arts Centre).  You are welcome to take this opportunity to take a photo with Santa and kids will receive a small gift. Santa’s House will open from 5.30-9.30pm.

What rides will be at the festival?
Thrill seekers make your way to Elf Alley (Baxter Street). Rides suitable for young children are located in Rudolph’s Children’s Zone on the corner of Davey and Young Street (opposite Frankston Arts Centre).  Rides cater for young children through to adults and cost between $2 and $10.
Ticket sales will cease at 9.40pm and rides will stop operation at 10pm

One free ride token with the purchase of 25 tokens.

Ride  Precinct  Ticket Price  Restrictions
Fun Slide Candy Cane Lane $2 Under 110cm with an adult. Not suitable under 2 yrs of age
Mini Ferris Wheel Candy Cane Lane $4 Minimum 80cm. Maximum 125cm.
Cliff Hanger Elf Alley $8 130cm without an adult, 110cm with an adult
Dodgem Cars Elf Alley $8 90cm - 120cm with an adult. 120cm can ride alone.
Extreme Elf Alley $10 Minimum 140cm
Pirate Ship Elf Alley $8 Minimum 120cm
Sizzler Elf Alley $6 Minimum 120cm
Skyflyer Elf Alley $8 120cm without an adult, 110cm with an adult
Thriller Elf Alley $10 Minimum 140cm
Chair O Plane Rudolph's Children's Zone $6 Anyone under 100cm rides with a seat belt 
Convoy Ride Rudolph's Children's Zone $6 Minimum 90cm
Dragon Coaster Rudolph's Children's Zone $6 Minimum 90cm. 90 - 110cm must ride with an adult.
Dumbo Elephants Rudolph's Children's Zone $6  90cm - 110cm must ride with an adult.
Jurassic Factory Rudolph's Children's Zone $6 Under 4yrs must be with an adult
Kids Carousel Rudolph's Children's Zone $6 Minimum 18 months old, adult can ride with child
Tea Cups Rudolph's Children's Zone $4 Under 90cm must be with an adult.


Do I need to purchase tickets to see The Grinch Christmas Show live on stage at the Frankston Arts Centre?
No. There will be free performances of the show at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm. The duration of the show is 30 minutes. It is recommended you arrive at the theatre 20 minutes prior to show time to secure a seat.

Where can we meet the Minions?
The Meet and Greet with the Minions will be located in Candy Cane Lane on Davey Street.

North Pole Activity Centre
Inside Frankston Arts Centre there will be art and craft activities and a Nativity scene dress up photo opportunity. Frankston Library will have enchanted story time, the Summer Reading challenge will be launching and it is the only place on site for free face painting.

Frankston’s Skating Wonderland
Launching at the festival, the ice-skating rink will be up until Sunday 8 December. $5 per person. Located on the forecourt outside Frankston Library and Youth Services.

The times the ice skating rink will be open are as follows:

  • Saturday 30 November 12-8.30pm
  • Sunday 1 December 11am-8pm
  • Monday 2 December 3-8pm
  • Tuesday 3 December 3-8pm
  • Wednesday 4 December 3-8pm
  • Thursday 5 December 3-8pm
  • Friday 6 December 3-9pm
  • Saturday 7 December 11am-8pm
  • Sunday 8 December 11am-8pm

What performances are on the main stage?

5pm MC Welcome
5.05pm The Kazoos featuring Santa's Grand Arrival
5.55pm Mayor's welcome and Welcome to Country
6pm Pevan and Sarah
6.30pm The Voice of Frankston
6.55pm PLOS Musical Productions, Mamma Mia the Musical
7.20pm Australian Welsh Male Choir
7.40pm Christmas sing-a-long with James Franklin and Elisabeth Murdoch College Jazz Band
8.15pm Kylie Auldist
9.15 Tree Lighting
9.20 Fireworks


Mercedes-Benz Mornington Meet and Greet
Meet Brodie Harper between 6-7pm and Anthony Callea from 7-8pm at the Mercedes-Benz Mornington Marquee located in the Star Festival Dining precinct.

What time does the Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks begin?
Gather around the event site at one of the many live site screens or in front of the 100+ year old Norfolk Pine from 9.15pm for our 22nd Tree Lighting Ceremony and fireworks display. The fireworks display is anticipated to occur between 9.20pm and 9.30pm.

Can I buy candles at the Festival?
Yes. Community Support Frankston volunteers will be selling candles at the front of the Civic Centre. Candles are $2 with all proceeds going to support families in need in Frankston.

Where will the fireworks be launched from?
Behind the Civic Centre which is located on the corner of Young and Davey streets and also from Frankston Park Football Oval.

Is it safe to stand in the street while fireworks are launched?
Yes, however exclusion zones will be in place to ensure your safety. Please follow any direction given to you by festival staff, SES, CFA or Victoria Police.

Will the Festival still run in extreme weather conditions?
In some conditions it may be necessary for aspects of the event to be modified. In extreme conditions, where it is deemed unsafe to continue, programming may be delayed or cancelled. You can keep up to date by following the Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights Facebook page.

Where is it best to park my car?

We suggest using the following public car parks, however, fees and restrictions may apply, so please check signage.

  • Frankston Railway Station
  • Frankston Waterfront
  • High Street
  • Bayside Entertainment Complex
  • Bayside Shopping Centre 

What roads will be closed and between what times?
The below road closures will apply from 4am Saturday 3 November to 3am Sunday 1 December.
Davey Street - closed between Baxter Street and Nepean Highway
Young Street - closed between High Street and Playne Street
Baxter Street - closed between Park Street and Davey Street
Plowman Place - closed between Young Street and Nepean Highway


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