Carols by Candlelight


Christmas Carols in Cairns

As a result of COVId-19 restrictions on managing social distancing and limits on numbers at public gatherings, Council has had to reconsider how we deliver Carols this year. Unfortunately, it was not considered feasible to deliver a community event and would have excluded many people from attending.

Endeavouring to be as inclusive as possible of the whole community to have the opportunity to either perform or enjoy a Carols experience, Council has come up with an original way to deliver the event as a movie version of Carols in Cairns.

The movie length version now in production will be broadcast across various Council online platforms to be viewed on a smart TV, PC, laptop, mobile phone or tablet via Council’s website, Facebook or YouTube pages.

This will also not be hindered or impacted by weather or changes to COVID-19 restrictions and will enable any family or friends of the performers to share the link to viewers outside of Cairns either intrastate, interstate or internationally.

The show will be filmed and presented from some of our region’s most beautiful and iconic locations showcasing the diversity of our talented Cairns-based artists and performers. It’s going to be a full program featuring a variety of community choirs, dancing groups, soloists and bands, plus the switching-on of the Council’s Christmas tree lights.  Santa Clause has been cleared as an essential worker to enter Cairns, so will also be making an appearance.

Get the family together and gather around your smart TV or laptop this year. Dress in your favourite festive pyjamas with popcorn and Christmas treats and sing-along to some classic Christmas carols sung in and around Cairns.

Broadcast date:
Sunday 06 December @ 6:30pm, Christmas Tree lights switched on approx.6:45pm – turn yours on at home at the same time.

Further details to come, keep up to date via Council's website, newsletters and social media.

2020 Sponsors

Council invite any interested businesses to show their support for this creative initiative and be featured in the production.

It is expected that the reach of this broadcast will far exceed previous community events, with the online link able to be watched live or after the fact and be shared beyond Cairns, potentially worldwide, bringing a whole new audience to this event.

Sponsorship options can include in-kind or financial contribution with varying representation either with watermark logo's on screen, in the credits or through marketing. If interested, please contact the Coordinator Events Delivery to discuss.

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

Triple M

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: 11 September 2020