Carols by Candlelight

Carols in Cairns 2020

This year, the annual Carols by Candlelight event has been re-imagined as a feature-length film – Carols in Cairns – to ensure the whole community can still enjoy the event while complying with COVID restrictions.

Join Santa as he visits iconic destinations around Cairns this year as part of an original festive film that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home! The production follows Santa as he makes his way to the Cairns Performing Arts Centre, showcasing his holiday memories at some of our region’s iconic destinations.

2020 Sponsors

Thank you to the following businesses for their support:

Major Sponsor

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Bendigo Bank logo NQ Engineering logo Silverback Utes logo Triple M logoEvent cinemas logo


AJ Hackett logo Hilton Cairns logo Kuranda Railway logo Ocean Freedom logo Pullman Int logo Sugarworld logo Tobruk logo Zoom logo Traffic Services406751

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.

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:

  • 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: 07 December 2020