Magic on the water

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Each December the canals of Patterson Lakes are transformed, showcasing extravagant Christmas decorations adorning canal-fronting properties. I call it ‘magic on the water’.

The reflection of flashing lights on the water can be enjoyed by boat or kayak once you have launched from Patterson River. Heading through the main floodgates, you’ll be met by flashing reindeer, synchronised lights and inflatable Santas as you meander your way along the canal system. Travelling east back along Patterson River, you can stop off at the town centre at the newly constructed moorings and dine in or grab a takeaway dinner. 

Oh, but let’s not forget two important events that are quickly becoming Christmas traditions. From ballet on the water to creating some spectacular airborne magic, the Southern Waters Ski Show Team’s Christmas show will be enjoyed by many on December 14 from 6pm at the National Water Sports Centre. It even includes a special visit from the ‘man in red’!

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In impressive fashion on December 15 at 5pm, the annual SUP Christmas Social Paddle, hosted by Sunny King, will see almost 100 stand-up paddle boards take to Patterson River. “It's a great family event that we do every year and it's one of the biggest events in Victoria participation-wise,” says founder Nick King.

So that’s a wrap! Thanks to everyone for their support this year and enjoy the summer break.