Continuing one of the city's true Christmas traditions since 1938, Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight will once again bring joy to thousands of people at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Christmas Eve.

This year, Allison Langdon will make her Carols by Candlelight debut when she joins David Campbell to co-host Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight live from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Together they’ll welcome a star-studded lineup of artists including David Campbell, Marina Prior, Denis Walter, David Hobson, Silvie Paladino, Rob Mills, Bobby Fox, Bonnie Anderson, Christie Whelan Browne, Anthony Callea and Tim Campbell with more performers to be announced later this month.

Remarkable singer and pianist Paul Kapeleris has been announced as ambassador for this year’s event.

After 40 years of live broadcasts reaching millions on the Nine Network, the carols continue to support children who are blind or have low vision.

Vision Australia, CEO Ron Hooton says, “Our services include helping children succeed at school, use technology to support their independence, participate in sport, and develop important life skills. We invite you to join us in a moment of Christmas joy and generosity and help us raise funds to continue our services for children.”

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight

The Carol's gates will open at 4pm, with a range of family friendly activities as well as some of Melbourne’s best food stalls to keep you entertained before the children’s entertainment begins at 6pm, followed by the main event at 8pm.

In 1959, Carols by Candlelight moved from Alexandra Gardens to the just-opened larger venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl where more than 100,000 people attended. This year we celebrate 60 years of this annual tradition at the Bowl, providing support for the Vision Australia community and bringing together families during the festive season.

Celebrate the magic of Christmas and be part of Australia’s biggest Christmas tradition, Carols by Candlelight this Christmas Eve!


Dates: Tuesday 24 December (Carols by Candlelight), Monday 23 December (Rehearsal Night)

Location: Sidney Myer Music Bowl - Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow Ave

Time: Gates open from 4pm, with the children’s entertainment at 6pm, followed by the main event at 8pm

Cost: Admission costs apply. Tickets can be purchased here.

Carols by Candlelight Website