After years of enjoying the local tradition with her family, our new Mayor is thrilled to be opening the 39th Carols by Candlelight tonight at Ruffey Lake Park.
“After attending the carols with my family for the past fifteen years, it really is an honour to be able to open them as Mayor tonight,” Cr Deirdre Diamante said.
Pre-show entertainment will begin at 6.00pm and will feature two of Australia’s most popular children’s acts, Team Dream and soloist, Bethany Fisher.
Families can enjoy a range of activities offered by this year’s sponsors, including face painting, colouring competitions, Santa photos and opportunities to win great prizes.
Our spectacular main concert will rock the stage from 7.30pm, featuring Chris Sebastian, winner of season 10 of The Voice Australia, known for chart-topping hits, I found you and Hard to get to love. The concert is a great way for Chris Sebastian fans to get ready for his new releases and Australian Tour next year.
“I cannot wait to get on stage this Friday at the Manningham Carols. I’ve got my favourite Christmas songs locked and loaded it’s going to be such a good night,” said Chris.
Carol goers will also be spoilt by performances from more stars from the popular TV series, including Cassie McIvor, Aydan Calafiore and Jael Wena. Manningham local and international vocalist Cassie McIvor is often remembered for her show-stopping audition singing It’s all coming back to me now.
The main concert will also feature Richard Thomas, The Amore Duet, Zoe Sunday, Bethany Fisher and Alinta Burnell. Soloists will be accompanied by The All-Star Carols band, led by local award-winning music director John Turcio, and the Manningham Concert Band.
A night at the Carols wouldn’t be complete without a fireworks finale! We’ll light up the sky for a five-minute display around 9.30pm.
This evening’s carols are proudly sponsored by local Manningham businesses Barry Plant, Silverstar Motors, Aurora Early Education, Pizza Forno and Westfield Doncaster.