What is Carols by Candlelight?

A good old Christmas carol complements the festive mood very well.

Away in a Manger, Do you hear what I hear, Carol of the Bells, Angels we have heard on high, you know them all.

Just like the idea of Santa bringing presents to children, this tradition has fit comfortably into many societies despite its foreign origin.

To know a little bit more on this, Carols by Candlelight is an annual Christmas tradition that originated in south-eastern Australia in the 19th century and was popularised in Melbourne in 1938.

Who could refuse the feeling of togetherness on such holidays like Christmas?

So this tradition managed to spread around the world.

And whether there’s snow or rain or just a cool tropical night, it involves people gathering, usually outdoors in a park, to sing carols by candlelight.

These days, the celebration is usually accompanied by a band and/or orchestra.

And to date, the largest such event is held annually at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne's King's Domain Gardens on Christmas Eve since 1938.

You say “Merry Christmas” for a reason. Get out there and be merry!

Gloria Bauai