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Where to find Carols by Candlelight Events in Melbourne 2018

by EricaL (follow)
Writer, blogger, Mum-of-two. Editor of melbourne.kidtown.com.au
Crank up Mariah Carey because the 2018 festive season is here.

We've already covered where you can meet Santa in Melbourne this year. Now we're going to provide you with a list of Melbourne's many Carol by Candlelight events.

From the city to the suburbs, check out the the following public listings for Carols by Candlelight events happening all over Melbourne in 2018.

You and your family are invited to a Photography for Parents Workshop on Sunday 28th April 2019 at Fitzroy Gardens.
Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight is the largest event of its kind in Melbourne.

Running for 81 consecutive years, Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight is held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

This event raises money for Vision Australia and features big name musical talent. Stay tuned to the Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight Facebook Page for host announcements.

You and your family are invited to a Photography for Parents Workshop on Sunday 28th April 2019 at Fitzroy Gardens.
When: Christmas Eve, gates open at 4pm. Pre-show entertainment 5:30pm. Carols by Candlelight 8pm.
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
Web: Here

Manningham Carols by Candlelight

The 37th Manningham Carols by Candlelight kicks off with

Kids zone: 6 - 7:30pm
Main concert: 8pm
Fireworks: 10pm

Pack a picnic rug and head to Ruffey Lake Park to celebrate the festive season.

When: Friday 14 December, 6 - 10 pm
Where: Ruffey Lake Park, 267 George Street, Doncaster
Web: Here

Carols in the Park (Bayside)

Bayside City Council will host their 2018 Carols in the Park event at Dendy Park.

The main concert begins at 7:30pm headlined by the Southern Area Concert band, Vocally Wild and Mosaic Choirs.

Pack a picnic rug and head down to Dendy Park on Tuesday 11 December to celebrate the festive season Fill your tummies with variety of foods available from vendors on the night.

The event will end with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9.30pm.

When: Tuesday, 11 December 7pm - 9:30pm
Where: Dendy Park, Brighton
Web: Here

Carols by Kingston

Carols by Kingston will this year be shifting from Highett to Bicentennial Park in Chelsea.

The free, Council-run event, will feature Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, Marina Prior, alongside other celebrity favourites.

There will also be an artisan gift market and a kids zone for the little ones.


Christmas gift market - 6pm – 9.30pm
Kids’ Christmas Activity Area (Santa’s Workshop) 6.30pm – 8pm
Santa’s Main Stage appearance - 6.30pm
Performances - from 7pm
Fireworks - 9.30pm.

While the event is free, a limited number of reserved seats are available to purchase for $15 each. Book Here

When: Sunday 9 December, 6:30 - 10pm
Where: Bicentennial Park, Chelsea
Web: Here

Lyrebird Community Christmas Festival & Carols (Seaford)

The annual Lyrebird Community Christmas Festival & Carols will return in 2018 on Sunday 16 December.

Keep an eye on the Facebook Event Page for more information.

Where: Belvedere Reserve, East Rd, Seaford
When: Sunday, 16 December 2018 5pm - 9:30pm
Web: Here

Carols at Como Park

Carols at Como Park is one of Melbourne’s much-loved festive events.

This year, Carols at Como Park will be hosted by one of Australia’s most popular actors and presenters Shane Jacobson.

This star-studded line-up will be headlined by Australian Idol and I’m A Celebrity winner Casey Donovan and feature unmissable performances by Genevieve Kingsford (The Light of Piazza, Brigadoon), Blake Appelqvist (Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Kinky Boots) and Josh Piterman (The Ten Tenors, West Side Story, Cats).

The evening will conclude with a spectacular riverside pyrotechnic display.

Supported by Stonnington City Brass and South of the River Choir.

Car parking $10 per car (car park opens at 5pm) run by the Rotary Club of Prahran at Como Car Park North (and the Upper Oval).

When: Sunday 16 December, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Where: Como Park, Williams Road, South Yarra
Web: Here

Family Christmas at Central Park

This year's Family Christmas at Central park program is still in the planning stage but will be held on Sunday 9 December 6:30 - 8:30pm.

While the event is being fine-tuned, there is confirmation that musical theatre sensation Lucy Durack (Wicked, Legally Blonde) will host this year’s event.

Lucy will be joined by Emily Williams (Australian Idol, Young Divas), Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys, Riverdance, Mamma Mia!) and Euan Doidge (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Kinky Boots).

When: Saturday 9 December, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Where: Central Park, Burke Road, Malvern East
Web: Here

Carols at the Lake (Lilydale)

Carols by the Lake in 2018 start at 7pm. For for information head to the Facebook Event Page

When: Sunday 8 December from 5:30pm
Where: Lillydale Lake, Swansea Rd, Lilydale,
Web: Here

Maroondah Carols

The 2018 Maroondah Carols event program is as follows:

Preshow entertainment by Bethany Fisher in the ‘Christmas Spectacular’ show

The main show begins with Christmas carols; performed by soloists Daniel Hearn and Caitlin Spears and supported by the Maroondah Carols Band made up of members from the Maroondah Brass Band, Croydon Wind Symphony, and the Vocal Vibes Choir.

A fireworks show that will light up the Maroondah sky (weather permitting).

When: Saturday 1 December. 7:30 - 10pm.
Where: Town Park, Croydon
Web: Here

Carols in the Cathedral

The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra present Carols in the Cathedral at St Paul's Cathedral in the CBD.

In 2018 the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic celebrates its 166th year of music-making in Victoria, making it Australia's oldest surviving cultural organisation and one of the oldest secular independent choirs in the world.

Buy your tickets (starting from $28) to the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra's Carols in the Cathedral and listen to the beautiful sounds of three of Melbourne’s finest choirs.

The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir will be joined by members of Melbourne University Choral Society (MUCS), and the angelic voices of The Australian Children’s Choir, accompanied by the RMP Brass Consort and percussion, piano, organ, and harp and guest soloists all under the baton of conductor Andrew Wailes.

When: 14 & 15 December, various times.
Where: St Paul's Cathedral, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Sts, Melbourne
Web: Here

Have we missed any 2018 Christmas Carol events in Melbourne? If so, please let us know so we can include in our list.

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