Airdate: Carols by Candlelight

Nine has announced the line-up for this year’s Carols by Candlelight, to again be hosted by Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson on Christmas Eve.

The evening will be broadcast live from Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Friday, December 24, from 8.00pm on Channel Nine – a concert full of everyone’s favourite Christmas carols featuring some of Australia’s favourite performers.

Joining the TODAY hosts will be Carols by Candlelight ambassador Ricki-Lee Coulter.

“My most vivid memories of Christmas as a kid were watching Carols by Candlelight with the family and wishing it was me up there on that stage, and this year my wish will come true. I am beyond excited,” she said.

Now in its 73rd year, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight has become a tradition for households throughout Australia.

Audiences will be treated to performances by Kate Ceberano, Rob Mills, Anthony Callea, Marina Prior and David Hobson, who will each perform a selection of all-time Christmas favourites.

The Music Bowl will be set alight by the sensationally talented casts of Mary Poppins, Hairspray and Wicked, all bringing their unique style of music theatre to the night.

Making it a family affair will be country music’s singing sisters, The McClymonts, as well as Sea Patrol’s Ian Stenlake with his wife Rachael Beck.

Children’s favourites Hi-5 and Humphrey B. Bear will keep the little ones entertained.

No night of carols would be complete without a visit from Santa, taking time out from his busy schedule to make a special appearance at the Music Bowl.

Carols by Candlelight will again be conducted under the guidance of John Foreman, who is returning for his eighth year as musical director and his second as one of the show’s producers.

It airs Friday December 24 at 8.00pm.


  1. The best Carols in 10 years. Karl and Lisa were all class. Denis Walter and Marina Pryor are the anchors, however what fabulous new talent, not re run old has been’s.
    Subtle dressing, very tasteful, no tatoos and no obese performers. Wonderful Christmas messages with the right touch of christianity. Great family viewing, congratulations to the producers.

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