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Carols By Candlelight

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

This huge event is a massive Christmas celebration where families come together to sing along to Christmas carols by either attending in person at the Myer Music Bowl or by watching it on TV.

Vision Australia’s Carols By Candlelight 2018, Melbourne Dates & Tickets

The Carols by Candlelight celebrations are held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne. This event started way back in 1938 and is by far the biggest Christmas celebration in Australia.

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

In past years, performers have included Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino, David Hobson, Anthony Calea, John Foreman and Denis Walter.

The carols event in Melbourne also 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.

To get to the carols, catch a train and get off at Flinders Street Station. Walk for 10 minutes down Sydney Road, and follow the signs for the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

You can bring the following items into the event: rugs, cushions, picnics, collapsible prams and sealed or empty plastic water bottles up to 650mls. Lawn chairs are permitted providing they are not more than 20cm off the ground. Alcohol is not permitted, nor are high backed chairs – this is to ensure that you don’t block other carollers sitting behind you on the lawn.

Carols by Candlelight will be televised on Channel 9 from 8pm, or you can listen to the carols on 3AW (693 AM radio).

The Carols by Candlelight Rehearsal night will be held on 23 December. Gates open at 2.00pm with performances commencing around 3.30pm.


24 December 2018

Event Times

Gates open: 4:30pm
Pre-show entertainment: 5:30pm
Main show: 8pm


Sidney Myer Music Bowl


Kings Domain, Linlithgow Avenue
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

1300 84 74 66


Seated Stalls
Adult: From $191.51
Concession: From $99.76

General Admission Lawn Seating
Adult: $77.87
Child (under 16yrs): $47.28
Child (under 3yrs): Free
Concession: $47


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