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Sing with the stars
50 In the City Wows the Crowd at Carols by Candlelight 2012
Carols by Candlelight is one of Adelaide's favourite Christmas events, bringing thousands of families together to sing and celebrate the true spirit of Christmas at Elder Park.
A month after the Christmas Pageant has come to town the retail rush is well under way, but the pageant gives us a pause to recall what Christmas is really about. It's the one time of the year when we sing together with complete strangers in family groups, and children love the novelty of holding their candle in the dark. Of course real flames are not permitted any longer, but you will be able to buy safe battery powered candles on the day.
The Crowd Around the Rotunda in Elder Park (Courtesy Bonny Ma)
Carols by Candlelight starts from 2pm, with entertainment and activities at Elder Park continuing throughout the afternoon. Arriving early will give you a chance to secure a good spot, and there will be food and drinks available at Elder Park to see you through to the evening. There will be enough variety for the fussiest foodie, with pizzas and baked potatoes, hot dogs and chips, spiced with Thai and Indian curries and Mexican food for those who like something warmer.
Bring a rug or seating and you will be comfortable whiling the hours away, but check the Carols by Candlelight FAQ to see what things are permitted at the carols.
The organisers have managed to secure some first class entertainment again this year, with star singer Samantha Jade taking a break from her national tour to be a headline act. Another headline act is pop group The Collective (also ex-X Factor) including Adelaide's own Julian De Vizio.
There is a great variety of other entertainers - world class singing duo Tasso Bouyessis & Annamaria Beni, ten year old performer Nathan Stafford, the Etype Jazz quartet, and the Germein Sisters band will be complemented by world renown band The Borderers and vocalist Michelle Nightingale. Unfortunately local band 50 in the City who played last year aren't back again, but there is absolutely something for everyone in the program.
Of course kids will delight to Humphrey B Bear, who has been their friend for nearly 50 years. Many parents will remember being put to bed with a TV bedtime wave from Humphrey.
Family activities start from 3pm at the Woolworths Christmas Dome where you can make your own Christmas decorations and will find plenty of other activities for the kids.
Community Christmas carols will start at 6.30pm, followed by the concert at 8pm. After the carols there will be a spectacular fireworks display that looks incredible with the River Torrens as background. Hopefully there won't be any stray rockets landing on our new Adelaide Oval stadium, or we could lose half a billion bucks in a blinding blink!
Fireworks at Carols by Candlelight (Courtesy Nathan Waddell)
Entry to the Carols by Candlelight costs a folded note per person. I'm not sure why the note needs to be folded, since it will be counted anyway, but that's what organisers ask for. Proceeds will aid three children's charities - the Cora Barclay Centre, Novita Children Services and Women's and Children's Hospital Foundation.
If you're planning to spend the day at Elder Park then you can take advantage of cheap $6 all day parking at U Park on Gawler Place. Personally I'd prefer to brave public transport and avoid the traffic jams!
For more information take a look at Carols by Candlelight website, which unfortunately has an irritating pop-up every time you visit. At time of writing the link to download a copy of the program didn't work, but I'm sure it will be fixed soon. If you're on Facebook you can keep up to date there.
It will be a great day with lots of things to do, climaxing with the carols, a classy concert, and the fantastic fireworks. What better things could you be doing in Adelaide on Sunday December 15?
Great article about a great event. Thanks for featuring 50 In The City too. They would loved to have played again this year and were invited back but unfortunately their bass player who's just completed year 12, will be overseas on a choral tour of Europe. Keep up the good work Dave, always look forward to your posts.