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Carols By Candlelight

If you are in Melbourne around Christmas time, don’t miss the most popular Christmas event, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight.

This huge event is a massive Christmas celebration where families come together to sing along to Christmas carols.

Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight, 2024 Melbourne Dates & Tickets

On 24 December each year, Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl lights up as families and friends celebrate the festive season while raising funds for Vision Australia’s children’s services. From humble beginnings in 1938, with a 30-strong choir, two solo performers and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Band performing at midnight, Carols By Candlelight has grown into an institution of Christmas magic.

This traditional event is held outdoors and involves live music and singing performances of popular Australian artists, famous TV personalities, and local choirs. This event is telecast live on TV each year on Christmas Eve, so those who can’t attend can enjoy singing along to carols from the comfort of their home.

Featured artists in 2023 included Paul Kelly, BOWEN * YOUNG, and G Flip, with performances by the Australian Girls Choir, Bobby Fox, Bonnie Anderson, Calista Nelmes, Casey Donovan, David Hobson, Denis Walter, Emma Watkins, GREASE The Musical, Marina Prior, Melbourne Gospel Choir, National Boys Choir, Silvie Paladino, Simon Gleeson, Thndo, and many more.

The carols event in Melbourne usually includes a spectacular fireworks display. Thousands flock to the music bowl year after year, where they bring a picnic blanket and a few nibbles and settle in to listen to traditional Christmas music as the sun goes down.

The gates will open at 4pm for the main event on Christmas Eve, with the broadcast starting promptly at 8pm. They ask all attendees to be seated by 7:45pm. Queueing early for general admission tickets is advised, as the lawn area is allocated on a first-in, best-dressed basis.

Channel 9 will broadcast the whole show live from 8pm on Christmas Eve and a replay on Christmas Day. Your local TV Guide will have more details before the event. You will also be able to stream the show online at 9NOW.

2UE 954 in Sydney, 4BH in Brisbane and Magic 1278 in Melbourne will have a simulcast of the event for your listening pleasure. Vision Australia Radio will also stream Carols by Candlelight with professional audio descriptions through local stations and online.

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