Carols by Candlelight

Bring your rug, chair and your best singing voice to one the biggest annual community events in Cairns. Carols by Candlelight attracts thousands of residents and visitors for a feast of Christmas cheer featuring carols performed by vocal groups, dance schools and soloists, culminating with a fireworks finale.

The evening doubles as the major fundraiser for the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.  Proceeds from the sale of merchandise goes towards the distribution of food hampers to around 700 local families who might otherwise go without on Christmas Day.

  • The 2018 Carols by Candlelight concert will be held at Fogarty Park on Sunday 9 December, with entertainment from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • The entertainment is set to be extra special this year, with over 350 performers involved!
  • There will be a spectacular fireworks display at 8:30pm

2017 Sponsors

2016 Carols by Candlelight

The rain didn't dampen the Christmas spirit this year with Carols by Candlelight going ahead on Sunday 11 December despite some inclement weather.

If you missed the event, or want to experience the magic all over again, check out the video below.

Carols by Candlelight at Fogarty Park, Cairns on Sunday 11 December 2016

Donate to spread cheer

You can contribute to the annual Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal throughout the year, which raises funds to buy hampers for local families who need a helping hand to help make their Christmas festive.

You can donate online by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) by clicking the red 'Donate online' button on this page.

You can also make a donation:

  • by dropping your loose change into the Mayor's Christmas Appeal collection boxes at many local businesses, including your local library
  • over the counter with cash, credit card, cheque or money order at Council's customer service offices
  • by posting a cheque or money order to Council at PO Box 359 Cairns QLD 4870. All cheques should be made to the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal

Please note that NO FOOD OR TOYS can be accepted for the Mayor's Christmas Appeal.

Fireworks and temporary road closure

There will be a fireworks display at the conclusion of Carols by Candlelight, on the Eastern Lagoon Lawn at 8:30pm. This will require a short closure (between 8.25pm and 8.40pm) of the access road to the Salthouse and Marina, from the Pier Point Road roundabout.

This event is proudly brought to you by:

Cairns Regional Council
Please note

Busy events can be quite stressful for your animal. Please consider the wellbeing of your pet and other event attendees and please keep your pet at home during busy events.

And proudly sponsored by:

Supporting PartnerMedia Partner
Cairns Post
Last updated: 27 June 2018