Where to see Christmas carols in Melbourne and regional Victoria for 2022

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Jessica Taylor Yates

Posted November 23, 2022

Don’t expect many silent nights in Victoria this festive season. Santa Claus is coming to town, so here’s our list of the best carol events in Victoria – check it twice!

After two years of cancellations, communities are banding together to celebrate the festive season with a range of Christmas carol events on around Melbourne and Victoria.  

With the art of carolling going back centuries, getting together for a singalong in your local area is a great way to support your community, enjoy the Christmas activities put on, assist those in need and have a merry old time. 

Here’s the best places to see Christmas carols around Melbourne and regional Victoria.  

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Christmas carols in Melbourne / CBD

A Red Hot Swinging Christmas

4 December, 2022, The Palms at Crown, CBD

Join Melbourne theatre legend Rhonda Burchmore and the 18-piece Jack Earle Big Band as they present a joyous jazzy rendition of Christmas hits and swing. 

The event will also play at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on 11 December. 

Tickets $69.90 - $79.90

Carols by Daylight

10 December, Federation Square, CBD

Need to be home in the evening? Head to Fed Square for a special daytime Christmas carols session featuring the Carols Children’s Orchestra and Choir and a range of special guests. 

Tickets free for children under 5, then $16.91 - $48.56

Christmas Melodies – Morning Melodies

12 December, Hamer Hall, CBD

The annual singalong features a big band, choir, and featured vocalists for this daytime Christmas singalong that brings all the festive cheer.

Tickets $19 - $30

Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight

23rd (rehearsal) and 24 December 2022, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, CBD

The big finish! Arguably the biggest carol event on the Melbourne Christmas calendar, this live televised event has been running for over 85 years, featuring some of the country’s biggest stars performing Christmas carol favourites, all while raising money for Vision Australia. 

Avid carollers can elect to attend the rehearsal on 23rd, or the big event on Christmas Eve. 

Tickets $20.40 - $272.75


Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Image: Vision Australia.

Christmas carols in Melbourne’s south and south-east

Greater Dandenong Carols

9 December, Dandenong Park, Dandenong

Dandenong’s premiere Christmas carols event features roving performers and The Greater Dandenong Band, as well as a Christmas market, food stalls, activities, and a visit from the big man in red himself. 


Family Christmas at Central Park

11 December, Central Park, Malvern East

Presented by The City of Stonnington, the Christmas Concert features Musical Director Casey Bennetto and performer Rob Mills, as well as the South of the River Choir, roving entertainment, food trucks, kid’s activities, and an appearance from St. Nick. 


Carols by Kingston

11 December, Bicentennial Park, Chelsea

As well as a concert put on by the City of Kingston, these Bayside carols will also be home to a Christmas market and special kids’ zone, finishing with a magnificently merry fireworks display.  

Free - $20

Bayside Christmas Carols in the Park

13 December, Dendy Park, Brighton

A Bayside carols favourite, the event will feature activities and festive songs, local performers, and a thrilling fireworks display presented by Bayside City Council. 


Carols at Como Park

18 December, Como Park, South Yarra

Featuring a star-studded line-up of performers including Eddie Perfect, Lucy Durack, Aurora Kurth and Bert LaBonté, these Christmas carols will finish with a spectacular pyrotechnics display. 


Carols by Candlelight

16 December, Fruit Growers Reserve, Somerville

Looking for carols on the Mornington Peninsula? Presented by the Shire, the Somerville event will also host a Christmas Giving Tree to donate products and presents for those in need, a choir, markets, the Charlie Silly Pants Christmas Show, and a visit from Santa. Ugly Christmas jumpers and pjs are encouraged – you might just win a prize. 

Free / Donations appreciated


Santa Clause

Santa is a welcome guest at every Christmas carols event. Image: Vision Australia.

Christmas carols in Melbourne’s east

Knox Carols by Candlelight

10 December, Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully

Featuring a festive evening of Christmas carols from performers including the Royal Australian Navy Band and the Knox Factor Grand Final, the event will also feature a jumping castle, crafts, face painting, food trucks, and big fireworks finish around 10 pm. 


Maroondah Carols

3 December, Croydon Park, Croydon

Presented by Maroondah City Council and Eastland, the region is the star, featuring the Maroondah Carols Band, a fun kids’ zone, food, local performers, and a Maroondah night sky full of fireworks around 9.45 pm. 


Manningham Carols by Candlelight

9 December, Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster

Get ready for a night to sing your heart out to. The Manningham Carols feature a range of local entertainers, as well as The Voice alumni Chris Sebastian and Cassie McIvor. Santa will also swing by before the celebratory fireworks around 9.30 pm. 


Carols in the Chapel

10 December, Good Shepherd Chapel, Abbotsford

With the angelic voices of the Melbourne Women’s Choir, carols will include those from Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, France, Poland, China and Jamaica, in a celebration of new and traditional Christmas folk songs and hymns. 

Tickets $15 - $30

Carols in the Park

10 December, MacLeay Park, Balwyn North

A fundraiser for Boroondara Community Outreach, the carols are a chance for the community to come together to celebrate the Christmas cheer from a range of local performers and entertainers, including The Salvation Army Band. 

Free / Donations appreciated

Montrose Community’s Christmas Carols

11 December, Montrose Community Centre, Montrose

A community event, the Christmas carols will include a free sausage sizzle, performances, and even a visit from Santa with a little gift for all the kiddies. 


Whitehorse Carols

18 December, Tunstall Park, Nunawading

Whitehorse City Council will present a night of fun Christmas carols for the whole family, including food vendors, kids’ activities, entertainers including the Melbourne Gospel Choir, and a dedicated AUSLAN viewing area with interpreters on screen. 



Vision Australia Carols by Candlelight

A sea of candles light up as the community comes together to spread Christmas cheer. Image: Vision Australia.

Christmas carols in Melbourne’s north and north-east

Carols by Candlelight

3 December, Anzac Park, Craigieburn

Hume City Council bring their merry event back to masses in this Christmas carols extravaganza hosted by Hugh Sheridan. Featuring food stalls, a Christmas market and a giant snow globe; there will also be the opportunity for a Meet and Greet with PAW Patrol and Santa, finishing with a festive fireworks display. 

Free / Register interest online

Banyule’s Carols by Candlelight

17 December, Greensborough War Memorial Park, Greensborough

Get your Christmas cheer on at these family friendly carols with activities, food, and performances from artists including Denis Walter, The Australian Children’s Choir and the Diamon Valley Brass Band, with special appearances from an Elf, Frosty, and the big man Santa himself! 


Carols in the Park

24 December, Wadeson Reserve, Diamond Creek

Looking for some special Christmas Eve carols in Melbourne? Presented by the Nilumbik Council, proceeds from donations go to the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal. Featuring a local orchestra and performers, booklets of lyrics will be handed out to singalong. 

Free / Donations appreciated

Christmas carols in Melbourne’s west and north-west

Choirs for Christmas

24 November, Sunbury Library, Sunbury

A fun mix of choir cheer, this local Christmas carol event features classic carols sung by a primary school choir, as well as the HarmoniX Vocal Company’s mix of do-wap carol renditions. 

Free / Register interest online

Melton Carols by Candlelight

3 December, Hannah Watts Park, Melton

Featuring a range of activities including crafts, face painting and food trucks, the Melton City Council will present live entertainment with Christmas carol singalongs led by jazz and classical singer Kane Alexander. 


Carols in Queens Park

10 December, Queens Park, Moonee Ponds

Featuring carols performed by the Moonee Valley Community Choir, Mooney Valley Brass Inc and local performers, there will also be refreshments and a range of kids’ activities - including a visit from Mr Kris Kringle. 



Performance at Vision Australia Candles by Candlelight

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Image: Getty.

Christmas carols in regional Victoria

Mildura Carols by Candlelight

10 December, Mildura Recreational Reserve, Mildura

Running for over 70 years, the Christmas carol event in Mildura is presented by Love Our City. Featuring singalongs, food and drinks, and a visit from Santa just before 9pm. 

Free / Donations appreciated

Tatura Carols by Candlelight

14 December, Mactier Gardens, Tatura

A local Lions Club event running for over 40 years, bring your Christmas cheer for a free sausage sizzle before local bands and choirs recite carol favourites. Refreshments available on site. 

Free / Donations appreciated

Carols on the Green

16 December, Civic Green, Warrnambool

Come and get merry at the Civic Green, featuring live bands, choirs, and community groups with singalong carols for the whole family to enjoy. 


Torquay Carols by the Sea

17 December, Torquay Common, Torquay

For carols with a twist, enjoy some festive cheer during your quintessentially Aussie summer carols by the sea. There’ll be a range of activities including food trucks, local vendors, and Christmas carol singalongs with local schools, choirs, and the Carols by the Sea Band. 


Lions Club of Taralgon Carols by Candlelight

18 December, Victory Park, Taralgon

Running for over 40 years, get merry with a Christmas singalong with a visit from Santa Claus, with carols, entertainment, and a fabulous fireworks display for the whole family.

Free / Donations appreciated

Bendigo Rotary Carols by Candlelight

18 December, Rosalind Park, Bendigo

The Rotary Club of Bendigo will be running community carols featuring live entertainment, refreshments, and a very special surprise guest with a red suit and white beard. Candles provided. 

Gold coin donation

Ballarat Candles by Candlelight

18 December, Mars Stadium, Ballarat

The large-scale event for the Ballarat region includes pre-show activities, a SpringFest Christmas Market, refreshments, and perhaps even a Christmas movie screening and visit from St Nick before the big Christmas carols performance.

Free, registration required

Wodonga Carols by Candlelight

18 December, Willow Park, Wodonga

The biggest community Christmas event in Wodonga is back for another year. Food trucks will be on site and dressing in your Christmas best is definitely encouraged. Features a performance from the Wodonga Carols Choir, Wodonga Brass, and AUSLAN interpretation, with proceeds going to Albury Wodonga Health. 

Free / Donations appreciated

Carols by Candlelight Geelong

24 December, Johnstone Park, Geelong

Looking for Christmas Eve carols with a bang? A big evening on the Geelong community calendar for over 50 years, expect Christmas market stalls, food trucks, Santa, and of course, plenty of Christmas carols to bring on the Christmas cheer before the big day. 



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