Carols by Candlelight

Council will endeavour to work with COVId-19 restrictions to bring you a 2020 Carols by Candlelight experience, with simultaneous lighting of the Esplanade Christmas tree. Further details to come, keep up to date via Council's website, newsletters and social media.

Bring your rug, chair and 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 laser and light show 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.

Christmas Pub Choir

Over 18? Then you are invited to try our new take on Carols with a pub choir...

4.00pm-8.30pm; Hosted by HIT FM's Carly & Shamus, Cairns Regional Council presents a free, ticketed event where the attendants will pre-record a local, tropical version of the “12-days of Christmas” song with a little help from the Choral Society to be then played to Carols by Candlelight audience in Fogarty Park.

Continue the festive celebrations by watching the entire Carols show happening in Fogarty Park in the comfort of an air-conditioned room with access to drinks and food served at The Woolshed. The show will be broadcast on to the Woolshed screens, from 5.30pm-8.30pm.

This event is strictly 18+and hosted at The Woolshed.

Max 4 x tickets per person​. The free ticket allocations are extremely limited, you are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment. Book now.

2019 Sponsors

Thank you to the creative team at Calvary

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2018 Sponsors

Thank you to the creative team at Calvary

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.

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.

Last updated: 29 June 2020